Hiroshima University collection, 1951-2011, undated

Overview of the Collection

Hiroshima University collection
1951-2011, undated (inclusive)
1 cubic feet, (1 bankers box)
Collection Number
MG 495
Correspondence relating to the University of Idaho's gifts to Hiroshima University in 1951 and roof tiles collected from the riverbed in Hiroshima.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

English; Japanese

Historical NoteReturn to Top

August 6, 1945 the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. In 1951, as the country continued to heal, the president of Hiroshima University, Tatsuo Morito sent a letter to several universities across the world, including the University of Idaho. His letter was to ask for assistance establishing Hiroshima University as a Peace-University. Requesting either, or both, a book regarding "peace problems" plus a book pertaining to one of the areas of interest for the University, and either a seedling or some seeds to plant on the University's campus.

University of Idaho President Buchanan, forwarded this letter to the College of Forestry where Professor Merrill Deter responded. Professor Deter sent $3 to HU along with seed samples of Pinus monticola, the State tree of Idaho, and Abies concolor. He also sent the book Foundations of Silviculture by James W. Toumey.

Sixty years after this correspondence, in 2011, the University of Idaho's Martin Institute received a box of materials from Hiroshima University, thanking them for their contribution to the rebuilding of their university in 1951. The box included copies of letters sent between the universities, books, the manga series Barefoot Gen, and five roof tiles collected from the riverbed in Hiroshima.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of 5 roof tiles, photocopies of correspondence and correspondence between the University of Idaho and Hiroshima University, and several books in Japanese. The photocopies are of correspondence dating 1951, while the rest is from 2010-2011. The roof tiles are undated, but were blown from roofs in Hiroshima in 1945. Also included with the collection are the cloth and rope used to wrap the materials by Hiroshima University when sending it to the University of Idaho.

One of the roof tiles is on display at the University of Idaho Martin Institute.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item], Hiroshima University collection, MG 495, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, Idaho.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Materials transferred from the University of Idaho Martin Institute in 2019 (MA 2019-39).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence
10 items
1 2-16 Japanese Books
15 volumes
2004, undated
1 17-21 Roof Tiles
5 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Atomic bomb
  • Correspondence
  • Tiles, Roofing
  • World War, 1939-1945

Corporate Names

  • Hiroshima University
  • University of Idaho