Floyd Wilfred Schmoe papers and oral history interviews, 1903-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Schmoe, F. W. (Floyd Wilfred), 1895-2001
Title
Floyd Wilfred Schmoe papers and oral history interviews
Dates
1903-1999 (inclusive)
Quantity
circa 16.27 cubic feet including 3 sound cassettes and 2 files
Collection Number
0496
Summary
Papers of a writer, ranger, and relief worker who helped build houses in Japan (after World War II) and Korea (after the Korean War) after the devastation of war.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Floyd Schmoe was born in Kansas in 1895 and came to the University of Washington to study forestry in 1916. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1921 and returned to the University of Washington for graduate study. From 1918 to 1919, he volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee and American Red Cross for war relief in Europe. He was a ranger and park naturalist at Mount Rainier National Park from 1922 to the 1930s, and an instructor in Forestry at the University of Washington from 1935 to 1942. During World War II, he assisted Japanese Americans who were evacuated. Through his affiliation with the American Friends Committee, Mr. Schmoe worked closely with Bob O'Brien of the UW faculty to place the 550 Japanese on the UW in Quaker colleges at the time of the evacuation. He regularly visited the camps and worked to get jobs and sponsors for the Japanese to get out of the camps. He explained that the Quakers were more radical in their activites than the more middle-of-the-road Council of Churches. After the bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Schmoe organized a relief committee and traveled to Japan. From 1949 to 1953 he operated Houses for Hiroshima, constructing housing for survivors of the atomic bomb. From 1943 to 1956 he served in Korea, operating Houses For Korea under the U.N. Korean Rehabilitation Agency and worked in Port Said, Egypt, in 1956. He wrote numerous articles and books including "A Year In Paradise" 1959, "For Love Of Some Islands, memoirs of some years spent in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound" 1964, "What is man: that Thou art mindful of him" 1970, and "Japan Journey" 1950.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Papers include Schmoe's writings on nature, philosophy, pacificism, autobiography; also records regarding his projects building houses in Hiroshima after World War II and houses in Korea after the Korean War. There are also three tape recorded interviews with Schmoe.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Consult the restrictions governing reproduction and use for each of the accessions listed below.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 0496-004: Floyd Wilfred Schmoe interview, before 1972Return to Top

2 sound cassettes (90 min.)

Scope and Content: Tape-recorded interview conducted by Dolores Goto.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Floyd Schmoe, 4/14/1971.

Accession No. 0496-008: Floyd Wilfred Schmoe papers, 1903-1993Return to Top

16.00 cubic feet (18 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, writings, diaries, interview transcript, drawings, photographs, awards, clippings, ephemera, phonograph. Papers include Schmoe's writings on nature, philosophy, pacificism, autobiography; also records regarding his projects building houses in Hiroshima after World War II and houses in Korea after the Korean War.

Schmoe was interviewed in 1989 by Kitty Barragato for an American Friends Service Committee oral history project. They discussed France during WWI and Japan post-WWII.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Floyd Schmoe, 7/6/1992.

Container(s) Description Dates
Series 1: Personal Papers
1903-1993
Subseries 1: Historical Features
1933-1977, undated
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 0496-008
Biographical Features
1933-1977, undated
1/2 0496-008
Organizational/Historical Features - Friends. University Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends
1948, undated
Subseries 2: Incoming Letters
1942-1993
Box/Folder Accession
1/3 0496-008
American Friends Service Committee
1946-1983
1/4 0496-008
Baez, Joan Chandos, Sr.
1984-1989
1/5 0496-008
Bryant, Alice Franklin
1952
1/6 0496-008
Bullitt, Stimson
1964
1/7 0496-008
Friends. University Monthly Meeting
1952-1988
1/8 0496-008
Friends. [Various]
1952-1992
1/9 0496-008
Hirabayashi, Gordon and Esther
1960-1989
1/10 0496-008
Magnuson, Warren G.
1952
1/11 0496-008
Roosevelt, Eleanor
1949
1/12 0496-008
Runnings, John
1983-1986
1/13 0496-008
Ullman, Liv
1983-1993
1/14 0496-008
Vining, Elizabeth Gray
1964, undated
1/15-21 0496-008
Miscellaneous, A-Y
1942-1993
1/22 0496-008
Unidentified
1950-1989, undated
Subseries 3: Outgoing Letters
1944-1994
Box/Folder Accession
1/23-24 0496-008
Outgoing Letters
1944-1994, undated
Subseries 4: General Correspondence
1957-1988
Box/Folder Accession
1/25-27 0496-008
Harper & Row
1957-1965
1/28-30 0496-008
Kawahara, Junko and Yoko
1980-1988
1/31 0496-008
Vaaja, Emere
1985-1988
1/32 0496-008
Re: African Mission Rhubarb
1958-1959
Subseries 5: Oral History Transcript
1989
Box/Folder Accession
1/33 0496-008
Oral History Transcript - France WWI and Japan post-WWII
Scope and Content: Schmoe interviewed by Kitty Barragato for American Friends Service Committee Oral History Project
1989
Subseries 6: Subject Series
1925-1993
Box/Folder Accession
1/34 0496-008
Book Contracts and Royalty Statements
1925-1967
1/35 0496-008
Children's Stories
1981, undated
1/36 0496-008
Chizhova, Olga
1989-1992
1/37 0496-008
Christian Children's Fund
1986-1987
1/38 0496-008
FBI Files
1942-1982
1/39 0496-008
Ground Sloths
1993
1/40 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Notes on a Meeting Called by "Remember Pearl Harbor League"
1945
1/41 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Testimony
1981
1/42-44 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Writings
1941-1945, undated
1/45 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Writings, Others
1976-1985
1/46 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Clippings
1944-1989
1/47 0496-008
Japanese Relocation - Ephemera
1942, undated
1/48-50 0496-008
Japanese Relocation and Churches (Correspondents Include Gordon Hirabayashi)
1982-1983
1/51 0496-008
Korean Friends
1983-1986
1/52 0496-008
Mountain Goats
1991
1/53 0496-008
Ploughshares
1987-1988
1/54-55 0496-008
Seattle Peace Park (Correspondents Include Liv Ullman)
1986-1993
2/1-2 0496-008
Tsuruoka, Chitose
1979-1988
2/3 0496-008
Tufts University (Honorary Doctorate)
1982-1983
Subseries 7: Diary
1918-1919
Box/Folder Accession
2/4-6 0496-008
Diary - World War I
1918-1919
Subseries 8: Service Documents
1918
Box/Folder Accession
2/7 0496-008
Service Documents - WWI
1918
Subseries 9: Newsletter
1919
Box/Folder Accession
2/8 0496-008
Newsletter - "Reconstruction," v. II
1919
Subseries 10: Writings - Books
1951-1992
Box/Folder Accession
2/9-25 0496-008
The Big Sur [Kiski] (includes diary notes)
1965-1974, undated
2/26-3/11 0496-008
For Love of Some Islands [Houseboat with a Basement]
1961-1964, undated
3/12 0496-008
For Love of Some Islands Photographs
undated
3/13 0496-008
For Love of Some Islands Clippings
1964
15 0496-008
For Love of Some Islands - Drawing OVERSIZED
undated
3/14-21 0496-008
From Walking To and Fro Upon the Earth (includes diary notes)
1952-1965, undated
3/22-4/2 0496-008
Peter Puget's Sound (includes correspondence, photos, drawings, and clippings)
1978-1982, undated
4/3-16 0496-008
Spoon Creek
1960-1989, undated
4/17-21 0496-008
What is Man?
1967-1989
4/22-5/3 0496-008
Why is Man? (includes correspondence and clippings)
1960-1986
5/4-6 0496-008
A Year in Paradise (includes correspondence)
1959-1983
5/7 0496-008
The Years of My Day
1951-1992
Subseries 11: Writings - Short Works
1933-1988
Box/Folder Accession
5/17 0496-008
"Bees, Bears, Etc."
undated
5/18 0496-008
"Billy of Pinnacle Peak"
undated
5/19 0496-008
"Bunty, the Black-Tail Fawn"
undated
5/20 0496-008
"Construction of an Under-Seas Observation Post and a Method of Under-Water Photography"
1937
5/21-22 0496-008
"The Cruise of a Sea Gypsy" (includes photographs and a letter)
1933, undated
15 0496-008
"The Cruise of a Sea Gypsy" - Map OVERSIZED
undated
5/23 0496-008
"Dawn"
1945-1971
5/24 0496-008
"The Doll Factory"
1949
5/25 0496-008
"An Example of Natural Rotation"
undated
5/26 0496-008
"Experiences of a Mountain Guide"
undated
5/27 0496-008
"Farmer Cony"
undated
5/28 0496-008
"Flower Island"
undated
5/29 0496-008
"The Forest and Mens Souls"
1939, undated
5/30 0496-008
"Friendly Rocks"
undated
5/31-6/4 0496-008
"From Out My Window" [Window on the Wilderness]
1970, undated
6/5 0496-008
"Goats and Wampus Cats"
undated
6/6 0496-008
"The Gray Jay - Reprobate"
undated
6/7 0496-008
"The Great American Tourist"
undated
6/8 0496-008
"Hans Deals in Thrills Wholesale"
undated
6/9 0496-008
"A Hair Raid"
undated
6/10 0496-008
"A Half Hour in Davy Jones Locker"
undated
6/11 0496-008
"Half-Sun on the Columbia"
undated
6/12 0496-008
"The Healing Silence"
undated
6/13 0496-008
"High Climbers"
1924
6/14 0496-008
"High Climbers" [Second Version]
undated
6/15 0496-008
"I Do the Dumbest Things"
undated
6/16 0496-008
"I Have Succeeded But I Am Not A Success"
undated
6/17 0496-008
"Ice Caverns of Paradise"
undated
6/18 0496-008
"Interesting Wild Life of Mount Rainier National Park"
undated
6/19 0496-008
"International Relations . . . Japan"
1951
6/20 0496-008
"Lookout"
undated
6/21-22 0496-008
"Meet Japan" (includes letter)
1959-1960, undated
6/23 0496-008
"Mr. Chamberlain, Let's Experiment"
1939
6/24-26 0496-008
"Mitzi and Mari on Mount Rainier" (includes drawings)
1965, undated
6/27 0496-008
"Morbid Dick"
undated
6/28 0496-008
"Mount Rainier Natural Bridge" (includes photograph)
undated
6/29 0496-008
"Mount Rainier Trees"
undated
6/30 0496-008
"The Mountain That Is God"
undated
6/31-33 0496-008
"The Mountain That Was God" [Kenya, Last of the Bighorns], [The Mountain], [The Mountain of God]
1927-1960, undated
6/34 0496-008
"My Shoes"
undated
6/35-36 0496-008
"Nature News Notes"
1923-1927
6/37-38 0496-008
"Nature Notes" [The Naturalist's Column]
undated
6/39 0496-008
"Old Poly Puss"
undated
6/40 0496-008
"Our Fishy Zoo"
1939
6/41 0496-008
"Over the Hump With Ophelia Bump"
undated
6/42 0496-008
"A Part of My Education"
1960
6/43 0496-008
"The Perennial Sea Serpent"
undated
6/44 0496-008
"Professor Bennington and the Beach at Waikiki"
undated
6/45 0496-008
"Rainier Trip"
undated
6/46-47 0496-008
"Ranger Bill"
undated
6/48 0496-008
"Report on a 'United Persons' Project Ten Years Later"
undated
6/49 0496-008
"The Return of Sea Otter"
undated
6/50 0496-008
"A Rose for Mariko"
undated
6/51 0496-008
"Schmoe Thinks Seattle Weather Might Be Worse"
undated
6/52 0496-008
"Schoolhouse Humor"
undated
6/53 0496-008
"Strange Places I Have Slept In"
undated
6/54 0496-008
"Stubby"
undated
6/55 0496-008
"Sumiko Chan"
1949
6/56 0496-008
"Tame Wild Animals"
undated
6/57 0496-008
"These Our Neighbors"
1956-1958, undated
6/58 0496-008
"Tree Killing Insect Artists" (includes photograph)
undated
6/59 0496-008
"Turkey Talk"
undated
6/60 0496-008
"War Wages"
1940
6/61 0496-008
"Who Said Goats Are Dumb?"
undated
6/62 0496-008
"Why I Am a Conscientious Objector"
undated
6/63 0496-008
"Wilderness Babies - Avalanche Lily's Cubs"
undated
6/64 0496-008
"Wilderness Babies No. 3 Ohanapecosh Cats"
undated
6/65 0496-008
"Wilderness Babies No. 5 Coyote, the Immigrant"
undated
6/66 0496-008
"Wilderness Babies No. 8 Billy - The Elk That Was Not Wanted"
undated
7/1-2 0496-008
"Wilderness Tales"
1989
7/3 0496-008
"A Youthful Mountaineer"
undated
7/4-13 0496-008
Miscellaneous - Autobiographical
1950-1975, undated
7/14-20 0496-008
Miscellaneous - Nature
1924-1966, undated
7/21-44 0496-008
Miscellaneous
1921-1988, undated
Subseries 12: Other Writings
1935-1989
Box/Folder Accession
7/45 0496-008
Notes - "A Month on the Wonderland Trail"
undated
7/46 0496-008
Notebook
1952
7/47 0496-008
Notes - "Daily Nature Notes"
1968-1969
7/48 0496-008
Notes - "Choice Words and Phrases. Quotes, Metaphors, and Similes"
undated
7/49-51 0496-008
Notes
1988, undated
7/52 0496-008
Speeches - "Adventures of a Naturalist" (radio talk)
1935
7/53 0496-008
Speeches - "A Cross Section of Nature" (radio talk)
undated
7/54 0496-008
Speeches - "Pendle Hill Lectures"
1966
7/55 0496-008
Speeches - Miscellaneous
1982-1983
7/56-57 0496-008
Writings - Others
1935-1967, undated
8/1-3 0496-008
Publications - "Mount Rainier National Park Notes"
1935-1987
10-11 0496-008
Miscellaneous
1942-1989
Subseries 13: Miscellaneous
1903-1992
Box/Folder Accession
8/4-7 0496-008
Photographs
1918-1992, undated
15 0496-008
Photographs OVERSIZED
undated
8/8 0496-008
Drawings - "The Beach Comber"
1965-1974, undated
8/9 0496-008
Drawings - "Bear Stories"
undated
8/10 0496-008
Drawings - House for Korea and Houses for Hiroshima
undated
8/11 0496-008
Drawings - "Other Sketches" and Miscellaneous
undated
8/12 0496-008
Drawings - Puget Sound
undated
8/13 0496-008
Drawings - "Sea Otter"
1965-1980, undated
8/14 0496-008
Drawings - Spoon Creek, Turkey Talk
undated
8/15-21 0496-008
Drawings
1952, undated
15 0496-008
Drawings OVERSIZED
undated
18 0496-008
Drawings - Seattle's Natural and Educational Resources (map/geologic chart) OVERSIZED
1933, undated
8/22 0496-008
Artwork for Postcard
1990
8/23 0496-008
Academic Records
1903-1939
8/24 0496-008
Diplomas
1937
16 0496-008
Diplomas OVERSIZED
1911-1917
8/25 0496-008
Genealogy
1967, undated
8/26 0496-008
Financial Records
1955-1983
8/27 0496-008
Awards and Certificates
1966-1991
16 0496-008
Awards and Certificates OVERSIZED
1988
14 0496-008
Plaques OVERSIZED
1964-1976, undated
8/28 0496-008
Travel Plans
1986-1988
8/29 0496-008
Maps
undated
9 0496-008
Scrapbook
undated
8/30-32 0496-008
Clippings
1924-1992
8/33 0496-008
Ephemera
1924-1986, undated
8/34 0496-008
Miscellany
1975-1977
Series 2: Houses for Hiroshima
1948-1992
Box/Folder Accession
12/1 0496-008
Organizational/Historical Features
undated
12/2 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Akihito (Crown Prince) and Imperial Staff
1949-1990
12/3 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Bruner, Catherine and David
1963
12/4 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Hiroshima. Mayor
1949-1991
12/5 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Hiroshima Peace Center
1988
12/6 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Hiroshima Prefecture. Construction Department
1950
12/7 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Hiroshima Prefecture. General Affairs Department
1949
12/8 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Ikeda, Yukihiko
1982-1988
12/9 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Iwamuro, Kimihiko
1949
12/10 0496-008
Incoming Letters - KCTSeattle 9
1984
12/11 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Nagasaki. Mayor
1951-1952, undated
12/12 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Vining, Elizabeth Gray
1949
12/13 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Yamamoto, Hatsue and Yuzo
1963-1984
12/14 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Miscellaneous, A-Y
1949-1988
12/15 0496-008
Incoming Letters - Unidentified (Untranslated)
undated
12/16-17 0496-008
Outgoing Letters
1949-1991
12/18 0496-008
Invitations
1977-1985, undated
12/19 0496-008
Mailing List
1952
12/20 0496-008
Agreements and Contracts
1950-1963
12/21 0496-008
Balance Sheet
1952
12/22 0496-008
Notebook
1949-1950, undated
12/23 0496-008
Awards and Certificates
1976-1988
16-17 0496-008
Awards and Certificates OVERSIZED
1950, undated
12/24 0496-008
Notes
1984, undated
12/25 0496-008
Writings - "A House for Hiroshima"
undated
12/26-28 0496-008
Writings - "Japan Journey"
1949-1950, undated
12/29 0496-008
Writings - "Okuda San"
1955, undated
12/30 0496-008
Speeches and Writings
1948-1988, undated
13/1 0496-008
Speeches and Writings - Of Others
1949-1984, undated
13/2 0496-008
Speeches and Writings - Unidentified
undated
16 0496-008
Report - "Pictorial Report on the Atomic-Bombing of Nagasaki in 1945" OVERSIZED
undated
17/3 0496-008
Citations
1949, undated
13/3 0496-008
Newsletter
1951
13/4-5 0496-008
Photographs and Drawings
1949-1988, undated
17/1 0496-008
Photographs and Drawings OVERSIZED
undated
17/2 0496-008
Landscape Drawings OVERSIZED
undated
13/6 0496-008
News Releases
1949-1969, undated
13/7 0496-008
Slide List
undated
13/8 0496-008
Travel Schedules
1988?
13/9 0496-008
Clippings
1949-1989
13/10-11 0496-008
Clippings - Japanese
1950-1992, undated
13/12 0496-008
Ephemera
1955-1985, undated
14/1 0496-008
Commemorative Tapestry OVERSIZED
undated
13/13 0496-008
Miscellany
1985?
Series 3: Houses for Korea
1949-1978
Box/Folder Accession
13/14 0496-008
Organizational/Historical Features
1954-1955
13/15 0496-008
Bylaws
undated
13/16 0496-008
General Correspondence
1952-1978
13/17 0496-008
Diary
1956
13/18 0496-008
Agreements
1953-1957
13/19 0496-008
Reports
1954-1955
16 0496-008
Certificates OVERSIZED
1956, undated
13/20 0496-008
Speeches and Writings
undated
13/21 0496-008
Speeches and Writings - Of Others
1949, undated
13/22 0496-008
Photographs and Drawings
1957, undated
13/23 0496-008
Publications
1953
13/24 0496-008
Visa
1953
13/25 0496-008
Clippings
1952-1956
13/26 0496-008
Ephemera
1954-1956, undated
13/27 0496-008
Duplicates
undated

Accession No. 0496-009: Floyd Wilfred Schmoe interview, 1996Return to Top

.21 cubic foot (1 box including: 1 sound cassette, ca. 90 min.; 1 transcript, 18 pp.)

Scope and Content: Tape-recorded interview May 11, 1996 and transcript; Cathy and Ed Maxwell, interviewers.

Floyd Schmoe discusses J. B. Flett with Cathy Maxwell and her husband, Ed Maxwell. Flett was a botanist and ranger in Mount Rainier National Park.

The interview is more autobiographical than biographical, as Schmoe discusses his life as a naturalist, his attempts to teach forest ecology at the University of Washington, his family and friends, and his publications.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Cathy L. Maxwell, 8/8/1997.

Accession No. 0496-010: Floyd Wilfred Schmoe papers, 1950-1999 (bulk 1995-1999)Return to Top

.03 cubic foot (1 vertical file)

Scope and Content: Letters of appreciation, certificates honoring Schmoe for his service. Includes Governor Mike Lowry's proclamation, 1995, and Congressman Jim McDermott's nomination of Schmoe for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Ruthanna Higley, 7/6/2000.

Accession No. 0496-011: Floyd Wilfred Schmoe papers, 1997Return to Top

.03 cubic foot (1 vertical file)

Scope and Content: "Dove," a novel by Schmoe, and biographical article in Seattle Times, September 14, 1997.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by Floyd Schmoe, 10/1/1997.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Housing--Effect of wars on
  • Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Korean War, 1950-1953--Civilian relief
  • Korean War, 1950-1953--Refugees
  • Pacifism
  • Quakers--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief
  • World War, 1939-1945--Refugees
  • Personal Names :
  • Flett, J. B. (John B.)
  • Schmoe, F. W. (Floyd Wilfred), 1895-2001--Archives
  • Schmoe, F. W. (Floyd Wilfred), 1895-2001--Interviews
  • Geographical Names :
  • Hiroshima-shi (Japan)
  • Korea
  • Nagasaki-shi (Japan)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bruner, Catherine (creator)
    • Bruner, David (creator)
    • Bryant, Alice Franklin, 1900-1977 (creator)
    • Bullitt, Stimson (creator)
    • Ikeda, Yukihiko (creator)
    • Kawahara, Junko (creator)
    • Kawahara, Yoko (creator)
    • Magnuson, Warren G. (Warren Grant), 1905-1989 (creator)
    • Runnings, John (creator)
    • Ullman, Liv (creator)
    • Vaaja, Emere (creator)
    • Vining, Elizabeth Gray, 1902-1999 (creator)
    • Yamamoto, Hatsue (creator)
    • Yamamoto, Yuzo (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • American Friends Service Committee (creator)
    • Harper & Row, Publishers (creator)
    • KCTS (Television station : Seattle, Wash.) (creator)
    • University Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : Seattle, Wash.) (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)