Mary Farquharson Papers, 1931-1981  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Farquharson, Mary U
Title
Mary Farquharson Papers
Dates
1931-1981 (inclusive)
Quantity
2.5 cubic ft.
Collection Number
0397
Summary
Washington State senator and liberal activist who aided incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.
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
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Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Mary Farquharson was an activist for liberal and Christian causes who served as a Washington State senator from 1935 to 1941. She was born in 1901 or 1902 and died in 1982. During World War II, Farquharson was deeply committed to working to aid Japanese Americans who had been incarcerated. She was instrumental in advancing the case of Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese American who refused internment, to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Farquharson's papers are organized into several accessions. Accession no. 397-5 dates primarily from 1942 to 1945 and documents activities of Caucasian Americans who did not agree with the federal relocation policy (groups such as the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play). It includes several lengthy letters from Japanese American inmates, as well as clippings, ephemera, committee memoranda, newsletters, and miscellaneous writings of protest. It also contains subject series on two individuals, Gordon K. Hirabayashi and Mitsuo Paul Suzuki.

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Accession No. 0397-001: Mary U. Farquharson papers, 1933-1957Return to Top

1.47 cu. ft. (ca. 2000 items)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, case files, ca. 1933-1957; and a tape-recorded interview, conducted by Albert Acena, April 24, 1975. Tape includes Mrs. Farquharson's involvement in politics as a state senator, 1935-1942; the Commonwealth Builders, 1934-1935; with the Socialist party, 1933-1934; the Fellowship of Reconciliation from early thirties to present; Democratic Party, 1934-1946.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

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

Processing Info: Merger of accessions 0397-001, 0397-002 and 0397-003.

Acquisition Info: Mrs. Farquharson, Seattle

Accession No. 0397-004: Mary U. Farquharson papers, 1875-1982Return to Top

9.59 cu. ft.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, notes, writings, speeches, publication, clippings, scrapbook of clippings, ephemera, photographs, 1875-1982 (1931-1981).

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

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

Acquisition Info: Chester Kingsbury

Accession No. 0397-005: Mary U. Farquharson papers, 1942-1945Return to Top

.21 cu. ft.

Scope and Content: Correspondence, writings, newsletters, clippings, ephemera, 1937-1964 (bulk 1942-1945). This accession documents activities of Caucasian Americans who did not agree with the policy of evacuating the Japanese Americans to relocation camps during World War II, and who worked in aid of the evacuees. Incoming correspondence includes long letters from Japanese Americans in the camps.

Restrictions on Access: Access restricted: For terms of access contact repository.

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

Acquisition Info: Chester Kingsbury

Container(s) Description Dates
Personal Papers
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 0397-005 1942-1945
1/2 0397-005 1937-1945
Writings
Box/Folder Accession
1/3 0397-005
"The Truth About Pearl Harbor," by John T. Flynn
1944
1/3 0397-005
"The Japs Must Not Come Back!" by Lambert Schuyler
1944
1/3 0397-005 n.d.
Box/Folder Accession
1/4 0397-005
Newsletters
1942, 1945
1/5 0397-005
Legal Brief for Japanese American Citizens League, Amicus Curiae (Regan vs King)
1943
1/6 0397-005
Ephemera
1943
1/7 0397-005
Clippings
1942-1945
1/8 0397-005 1943-1964
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Box/Folder Accession
1/9 0397-005
Incoming Letters
1942-1943
1/10 0397-005
Outgoing Letters
1943
Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play
Box/Folder Accession
1/11 0397-005 1943
1/12 0397-005 1943
1/13 0397-005
Memorandum
n.d.
1/14 0397-005 1943-1944

Accession No. 0397-006: Mary U. Farquharson papers, 1933-1941Return to Top

.33 cu. ft. (1 box)

Scope and Content: Scrapbook of clippings, ephemera, programs from her campaign for State Legislature and her community activism; ca 1933-1941.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Acquisition Info: Bibliographic Source: Frederick Farquharson papers

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Japanese Americans--Civil rights
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans--Washington (State)
  • World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
  • Personal Names :
  • Farquharson, Mary U.--Archives
  • Hirabayashi, Gordon K
  • Suzuki, Mitsuo Paul
  • Corporate Names :
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation (U.S.)
  • Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play
  • Geographical Names :
  • Washington (State)--Race relations

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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