Kanegasaki Sister City Committee Records

Kanegasaki Sister City Agreement Signing, 2003
Kanegasaki Sister City Agreement Signing, 2003

Kanegasaki



Abstract


The Kanegasaki Sister City Committee Records includes administrative documents, gifts, and photos from throughout the sister city relationship.

Biographical Note


Beginning in 1987, Kanegasaki, Japan and Amherst, Massachusetts began an educational exchange program. With visits annually from students of Kanegasaki, where Amherst families host the students, students attend classes at an Amherst public school, and get the chance to experience a town of a similar size to their own, seeing our historical sights. The relationship was expanded with a sister city agreement in 1993, the agreement was then renewed in 2013. The sister city affiliation brings not only student exchange but also exchange of officials from both communities.

Scope and Content



This collection houses administrative documents such as the sister city agreements, records of the Kanegasaki Sister City Committee, photos and documents throughout the years of educational exchange, student work of both sister cities, as well as gifts from Kanegasaki.

Extent


8.5 linear feet.

Access Restrictions


This collection is open for research.

Provenance​


Materials were donated from the Kanegasaki Sister City Committee and the town of Kanegasaki, Japan. Additions to the collection were made by Joan Hanson in 2018.

Preferred Citation


Kanegasaki Sister City Committee Records, Special Collections, Jones Library, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Processing information


This collection was processed by Astrid Tilton, and Victoria Gaddy in 2018.
Finding aid created by Victoria Gaddy 2018.

Related Materials


None.

Arrangement


This collection is comprised of three series:

Series 1: Administrative Documents
Series 2: Gifts and Cultural Travel Items
Series 3: Photos and Student Work

Series Descriptions


Series 1: Administrative Documents

This series includes a variety of administrative items, such as exchange documents, financial records, as well as history of the town of Kanegasaki and Kanegasaki Sister City Committee. 

Series 2: Gifts and Cultural Travel Items


This series includes a range of travel guides and magazines, as well as many traditional Japanese gifts.

Series 3: Photos and Student Work

This series includes photos from select periods of the Kanegasaki Sister City Committee history, as well as work from students both from Amherst and Kanegasaki. 

Series 1: Administrative Documents


 Box  Folder  Title/ Description  Date
1 Newspaper and Media
1981
1 Educational Exchange Agreement
1989
1 Newspaper and Media
1989
1 Agreements
1989, 1993, 2003, 2013 
Correspondence
1989
1 Exchanges 1989
1 Jane Hanson documents 1989-1992
1 8 Committee charges 1992-1993, 2000-2001
1 9 Meetings and Reports 1992 
1 10 Correspondence 1993 
1 11 Exchanges 1993 
12 Handbooks and protocol 1992, 1994, 2008
1 13  Meetings and reports 1994 
1 14 Correspondence 1994 
15 Meeting and Reports 1995 
1 16 Correspondence 1995 
17  Exchanges (student and cultural) 1995 
1 18 Timelines and events 1998
19 Japanese Culture, Customs, and Common Phrases
undated 
20 Funding and proposals
undated
1 21 Newspaper Articles
undated 
1 22  Newspaper and media
1993 
1 23  Newspaper and media 1995
1 24  Emily Dickinson Exhibit
1995 
1 25  Funding and grants 1995
1 26 Sister City Welcome Reception and Relationship Meeting
 1995
1 27 Meetings and reports 1996 
28 Correspondence 1996 
29 News and Media  1996- 2003
30 Meetings and reports 1997 
2 Correspondence 1997 
2 2 Exchanges 1997
3 Meeting and reports 1998 
2 4 Correspondence 1998 
2 5 Exchanges 1998 
6 Fundraising and Grants 1998
Meetings, reports, and contacts 1998 
Correspondence 1999 
2 Exchanges 1999 
10 Anne of Green Gables 1999 
2 11 Budget, Funding, and Grants 1999 
12 Notes for Donations and other administrative items 1999
13 Meetings and reports 2000 
14  Correspondence 2000 
2 15  Exchanges 2000 
16  Funding and Grants 2000 
2 17 Outreach and research, bringing Japan to Amherst 2000
18  Meetings and reports 2001 
19 Correspondence 2001 
20  Exchanges 2001 
21 Expenses, Funding, and Grants 2001
2 22 Amherst- LPC Youth Delegation 2001 
2 23 Meetings and Reports 2002 
24 Sister City events and support ideas 2002
25  Correspondence 2002 
26 Funding and Grants 2002 
2 27  Exchanges 2002 
2 28  Sister Library Agreement 2003 
2 29  Meetings and Reports 2003 
30  Correspondence 2003 
31 Exchanges, photos, digital photo files, schedule, and exchange documents.
Note:Digital photo files on CD-ROM disc.
2003
2 32 Funding and Grants 2003 
2 33  Sister City events and activities 2003
2 34  Newspaper and media- Other Sister Cities 2003 
2 35 Meeting Reports 2004
2 36 Correspondence 2004 
2 37 Donation Forms, Sister City songs and poems 2004 
2 38 Exchanges 2004 
39 Funding and Grants 2004 
40 Newspaper and media 2005-2006 
41 Meetings and Reports 2005 
42 Notes and memos 2005 
2 43 Correspondence 2005 
44 Exchanges 2005
2 45  Grants and Funding 2005
2 46 Meetings, Reports 2006 
47 Correspondence 2006 
2 48 Exchanges 2006
49 Funding, Grants, and Budget 2006 
50 Programming Strategy 2006 
51 Meetings, reports 2007
52  Correspondence 2007 
53 Exchanges 2007
54  Grants, and Funding  2007
55  Letters to board and committee members 2007
56  Meeting, reports 2008
57 Exchanges 2008
58  Correspondence 2008
59  Newspaper, media 2008-2013
60 Meetings, reports 2009 
61  Correspondence 2009 
62 Exchanges 2009 
2 63  M. Yoshi Statement regarding Burnett Gallery Exhibit 2009 
3   History of Kanegasaki Index
undated
  History of Kanegasaki Volume 1 undated
  History of Kanegasaki Volume 2
undated
  History of Kanegasaki Volume 3 undated
3   History of Kanegasaki Volume 4
undated 
1 Holiday and thank you cards 2010, 2013, undated
2 Meetings, reports 2010 
3 Correspondence 2010
Exchanges 2010 
Expenses, Budget, Finance  2010 
6 Preparation and research documents for special collection donation
2010
Meetings, Annual Report 2011
Exchanges 2011 
Correspondence 2011 
10  Events, Notes, memos, and digital files.
Note: Digital files from CD-ROM disc.
2011
11 Meetings, reports 2012
12  Exchanges 2012
13  Correspondence 2012 
14  Meetings, Annual Report 2013 
15  Correspondence 2013 
3 16 Exchanges 2013 
17  Expenses, receipts 2013 
3 18  Sister City Library Agreement 2013
19 Sister City Agreement Extension and English Camp collage
2013
20 Meetings, reports 2014
3 21  Meetings, reports 2015
22  Library Correspondence 2015-2018
3 23 Proposal Invitation for Japan New England Relations  2015 
3 24   Finances 2015 

Series 2: Gifts and Cultural Items


Box Folder Title/Description Date
 4 Kanegasaki  periodical  1995-2000, 2001-2002, 2007, 2011
 4 Tourism booklets, travel and transport 1995, 2010
 4 Tourism booklets, Kanegasaki history and features
1997, undated
4  4 Cultural Leaflets, Kanegasaki 1998, undated 
 4 Amherst brochures and event programs 1998, 2000, 2002, 2010, 2012
Travel guides and brochures 2001
4 Sister City Library Agreement Signing 2003 
4 8 Amherst events, exchange reflections, and event attendance
2004, undated
 4 Kenji Miyazawa
2001, 2013, undated
5 Kanegasaki annual events and periodical
2010, undated
5 Tourism booklets, Kanegasaki events and locations
2009-2011
5 40th Anniversary 2010 
5 Emily Dickinson Archive Center 2010-2011 
5 Tourism booklets, Kanegasaki events and locations
2013, 2017, undated
5 Farewell Dinner 2013 
Emily Dickinson materials in Japanese 2015, undated 
5 Program booklets for exchange 2015-2018 
5 Postcards, stationery and good luck items. Including an omamori, and Senganishitarou postcard with sticker
undated
5 10  Letter coinciding with books gifted by Takahashi Norio undated
5 11  Cultural booklets undated 
5 12  Kenji Miyazawa Poetry, note for gift  2008, 2016
5 13  Poetry gifts  2010, 2012, 2013
  Book of seasons, images 1985
5   Digital Files. Copy of book Yomei ikkagetsu no hanayome, by  ToÌ"kyoÌ" HoÌ"soÌ".
Note: These are the CD-ROM discs.
2005
5   Pair of books gifted by Takahashi Norio
2009
5   Copy of book Hiraizumi Wo Meguru Bungaku-basho Ni Itaru Roman No Sekai, by Ishida Makoto Cho
2010
  Copy of book Hanawa Bayashi No Roots Ha Oshu Hiraizumi Ni Atta by Odagiri Yasuhito  2010
5   Copy of book: Sorrow the words of Kenji Miyazawa 
2011
5   Digital files. CD copy of Sorrow the words of Kenji Miyazawa.
Note: These are the CD-ROM discs.
2013 
5   Mukashibanashi No "Aru Tokoro Ni" Wo Tazunete Shashin Nippon Mukashibanashi byOkubo Chihiro / Cho
2017
6   Kanegasaki Overseas Program participant photo
2015
6   Souvenir Kanegasaki T-shirt undated
6   Cloth gifts: maroon and gold lions, purple and green embroidered, red linen, yellow with red coy fish
undated 
6   Cloth gifts: Furoshiki wraps, mountain waterside landscape, white and beige floral
undated
  Cloth gifts: Kurume Kasuri, navy with navy tassel piece, navy with white tassel piece, set of 4, set of 5
undated
6   Cloth fan undated
6   Fans: packaged red and white, blue coy fish set of two
undated
  Chopsticks: Takumi set with floral pouch, Takiuri set in pouch
undated
6   Small painting display battle scene
undated
6   Origami double sided display
undated
6   Coaster set undated
  Sister City desk plaque, featuring Kanegasaki library
undated
6   Tea kettle undated 
  Matsuzakaya dish and chopsticks set
undated
  Toy replica of Shamisen
undated 
  Handcrafted animal figurines
undated
6   Handcrafted scene of people in traditional dress
undated 
6   Paddle with 3-dimensional geisha woman
undated
6   Commemorative calligraphy placard
undated
OV1    Ceremonial Address 1995
OV1    Hand painted banner undated 
OV1   Kanegasaki town bags, town map and asparagus celebration themes
undated
OV1    Iwate Kanagasaki promotional video, VHS tape
undated
OV1    Amherst student art stationery, in honor of sister city Kanegasaki
undated
7   Iwate Kanagasaki promotional video, VHS tape (approx. run time 30 minutes)
undated
8 Letters for gift of raccoon paper dolls, and decorative plates
1990
8   Raccoon dolls made of cigarette packages
1990
8   Cigarette package gift with butterfly design
undated
8   Decorative plate
1990
8   Decorative plate 1990 

Decorative plate
Decorative plate
Decorative plate

Series 3: Photographs and Student Work


 Box Folder  Title/Description   Date
OV 1
Student paintings and class list
2011
OV 1
Emily Dickinson event, scrap book style poster 
undated
7 1 Laminated photos 1989
7 2 Photo album 1999
7 3 Dance event photos 2000
4 Digital files, photos of signing and dinner event.
Note: Digital files are on the original CD-ROM disc.
2012-2013
7 5 Photos undated
  Amherst student stationary in honor of Kanegasaki  undated