Blog topic: New acquisitions

Entry from Hisao Magario's diary

East Asia Library receives donation of mid-20th century Japanese diaries

February 6, 2017
by Joshua Capitanio

The East Asia Library recently received the valuable donation of a set of diaries written by Hisao Magario (1889 - 1960), a Japanese businessman who operated an import business in Oakland and San Francisco during the mid-20th century. The forty-one volumes of diaries cover the period between 1920 and 1960, describing Magario's time in the United States during the years 1920-1926 and his subsequent activities after returning to Japan.

The Carter Family, 1927

Introducing the Bear Family Records collection

December 6, 2016
by Benjamin Lee Stone

Founded by Richard Weize in 1975, the German re-issue label Bear Family Records has been a leader in reissuing lavishly produced box sets of American roots music, with a particular focus on American country music (and related genres) from the 1920s through the 1980s.   Bear Family’s box sets are impeccably curated, with recordings sourced from the best known copies, or master tapes whenever possible.  The reissued recordings are accompanied by extensively researched discographies and book-length liner notes. Bear Family recordings have been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards, including 17 ARSC (Association for Record Sound Collections) Awards for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research and 6 Grammy nominations.

Morris Cooper Foote

Military history in the Foote and Terhune collections

July 8, 2016
by Franz Kunst

Stanford has recently acquired and processed two collections from American military officers operating overseas in the early 20th century. The papers of Morris Cooper Foote (M2103) and Warren Jay Terhune (M2132) chronicle several critical episodes in Western expansionism and occupation in Asia and its responses.

Morris Cooper Foote’s papers include a variety of material (manuscripts, journals, letters, memos, reports, photographs, maps, newspapers) from his service in the United States Army’s Ninth Infantry. Most of it concerns his experiences in the Boxer Rebellion, but he was already a seasoned veteran at the time. Foote was born September 16, 1843 in New York. His great-grandfather was William Cooper, the founder of Cooperstown, and he was also related to Jacob Morris, who served in the Revolutionary War, and novelist James Fenimore Cooper.

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