Guide to the Shigeko Nagai Uriu Papers, 1878-1995 (bulk 1909)
Table of Contents
- Collection Summary
- Biographical Note
- Scope and Content Note
- Subject Headings
- Related Material
- Administrative Information
- Access and Use
- Encoding Information
- Container List
|Repository:||Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries|
|Title:||Shigeko Nagai Uriu Papers|
|Quantity:||0.2 cubic ft (1 box)|
|Abstract:||General biographical material as well as some documentation of Uriu's time at Vassar College.|
|Forms of Materials:||Correspondence, published materials, photographs, and realia.|
Shigeko Nagai Uriu (1861-1928) came to the United States from Japan in 1872 with the Iwakura Mission, a group of diplomats, scholars and students sent abroad as political and cultural ambassadors. The mission included 5 young girls ranging in age from 6-14. Nagai, then ten years old, was placed with the family of the historian John S. C. Abbott Family in New Haven, Connecticut. She spent five years there, learning about American life and attending the local high school. In 1879, Nagai and Sutematsu Yamakawa, another young member of Iwakura Mission placed in New Haven, were accepted at Vassar College. Yamakawa (later Princess Oyama) went on to become the first Japanese woman to earn an college degree. Nagai did not earn a degree but remained at Vassar for three years as a Special Student in music. She returned to New Haven during the summers, and while there was introduced to Baron Sotokichi Uriu, then a cadet at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The two returned to Japan after he graduated in 1881 and were married in 1882, making her the Baroness Uriu. They had four sons and three daughters.
During a visit to the United States in 1909, the Baroness presented Vassar College with a silver and enamel bowl. The bowl had originally been given to her by the Emperor of Japan. When the Emperor heard of the Baroness's upcoming visit to Vassar, he gave permission for the Baroness to present the bowl to the College. The bowl is maintained within the College's collections.
The Shigeko Nagai Uriu Collection includes correspondence, most of which is transcribed from the original letters; published materials, photographs, and miscellaneous realia. The greatest portion of the collection are periodical articles and newspaper clippings covering the period 1882-1995, the bulk from 1909, the year that the Baroness and her husband revisited the United States.
This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.
- There are additional letters from the Shigeko Nagai Uriu to Alice Bacon in the
- There is additional material in the biographical records gathered by the Vassar College Alumnae and Alumni Association. Contact the Archives and Special Collections staff for further information about these records.
- Uriu, Sotokichi, Baron, 1857-1937.
- Vassar College -- Students.
- Japanese students -- United States.
- Marriage -- Japan.
- Women -- Education.
- Women college students -- New York (State) -- Poughkeepsie.
Encoded by Elizabeth Clarke, June 2007.
Shigeko Nagai Uriu Papers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.
Original processing date unknown. Guide last updated October 2008.
Gift of various donors.
|Folder 1.1||Correspondence from and about Shigeko Nagai Uriu, 1882-1928 (4 letters)|
|Folder 1.2||Articles written by Shigeko Nagai Uriu, 1927, [n.d.]|
|Folder 1.3||Clippings and articles published about Shigeko Nagai Uriu, 1878-1995|
|Folder 1.4||Clippings about the Baron and Baroness Uriu's 1909 visit to the United States, 1909|
|Folder 1.5||Japan Society of New York dinner invitation honoring Baron and Baroness Uriu, 1 June 1909|
|Folder 1.6||Program of Eighth Soirée Musicale, Vassar College School of Music, 1879 (photocopy)|
|Folder 1.7||Transcript of courses taken by Shigeko Nagai Uriu while attending Vassar College, 1878-1881|
|Folder 1.8||Family tree of Shigeko Nagai and Sotokichi Uriu prepared by great-grandson, Kenichi Furumi, October 1999|
|Folder 1.9||Photographs of Shigeko Nagai Uriu while at Vassar, [ca. 1881] (2 poses)|
|Folder 1.10||Photographs of the silver and enamel bowl given to Vassar College by Baroness Uriu, 1909 and 1999 (3 photos)|
|Folder 1.11||Photographs of Takeo Uriu and Kenichi Furumi, grandson and great-grandson, respectively, of Shigeko Nagai Uriu during a visit with their wives to Vassar College, August 1999|