Mitsuko Kellam Papers

MC 2308

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2018. Updated in 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Kellam, Mitsuko
Mitsuko Kellam Papers
Inclusive Dates
ca 1939-2017
MC 2308
1.01 linear feet (1 box and 1 oversize folder)
Materials are primarily in English. Some materials also include Japanese-language content.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Mitsuko Kellam Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Mitsuko Kellam of Fayetteville, Arkansas, on July 26, 2018. An additional binder of materials was donated by Kellam via Grace Donoho on January 29, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in September 2018. Updated in February 2019 to include additional materials, which were incorporated into existing folders 26, 30, 32, 33, 35, and 38, as well as added to new folders 61-69.

Preferred Form of Citation

Mitsuko Kellam Papers (MC 2308), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Mitsuko (Mitsy) Inano Kellam was born in Japan, but moved to to the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen. She earned bachelor's degrees from Kinjo College and San Francisco State College, a master's from Loma Linda University, and a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin. After graduating, Kellam taught on the faculty at Texas Tech University as well as in the Department of Home Economics at the University of Arkansas. In 1983, she married Owen Barnes (1921-1986), and stepped down from teaching, but began volunteering with the Ozark Literacy Council. After Barnes' death, she later remarried, to Ray Albert Kellam (1917-1997). From 1989-1992, Kellam created and published Konnichiwa Kodomotachi (KOKO), a monthly newsletter about the Japanese language and culture, intended for primary students in the United States.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of materials regarding the educational and volunteer work of Mitsuko (Mitsy) Kellam, including a series of newsletters she produced regarding Japanese language and culture, Konnichiwa Kodomotachi (KOKO); personal materials of her first husband, Owen Barnes; and Air Force service and personal materials of her second husband, Ray Kellam; as well as memorabilia, campaign materials, press coverage, and other materials reflecting the Kellams' and Barnes' support of Arkansas Governor and United States President Bill Clinton.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by the individual who was the materials' primary creator or subject, and further arranged by format or topic.

Some of the original slips used by Kellam to group together copies of KOKO newsletters for a given month also had unrelated documents printed on the reverse. When these documents provided information about Kellam’s organizational involvement, or local events, they were separated out to relevant folders in the collection and replaced with acid-free slips. In cases where such materials are printed on the reverse of newsletter drafts, they have been left in their original locations, but referenced in the scope and content notes of those folders.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 1, No. 1 through Vol. 1, No. 3), Sept.-Dec. 1989

Box 1 Folder 2

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 1 through Vol. 2, No. 6), Jan.-June 1990

Box 1 Folder 3

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 7 through Vol. 2, No. 12), July-Dec. 1990

One page of July 1990 issue contains page 2 of South Central Literacy Action (SCLA) Board meeting minutes for June 24-25, 1989 on verso.

Box 1 Folder 4

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 3, No. 1 through Vol. 3, No. 6), Jan.-June 1991

Box 1 Folder 5

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 3, No. 7 through Vol. 3, No. 12), July-Dec. 1991

One page of a Dec. 1990 issue draft includes notes on a Japanese Language Camp as part of Arkansas Tech Univeristy's Arkansas International Language Program, 1990, on verso; another page of a December 1990 issue draft includes Kellam's letter of resignation from the Ozark Literacy Council, 1990, on verso.

Box 1 Folder 6

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter (Vol. 4, No. 1 through Vol. 4, No. 2) and farewell letter to subscribers, Jan.-Feb. 1992

Box 1 Folder 7

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter article drafts- "The Boys' Day (Tango No Sekku)", undated

Box 1 Folder 8

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter article drafts- "The Festival of Dolls (Hinamatsuri)", undated

Box 1 Folder 9

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter article drafts- "The New Year (Oshogatsu)", undated

Box 1 Folder 10

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter mastheads, 1989, undated

Box 1 Folder 11

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter order counts, 1989-1992

Box 1 Folder 12

Mitsy Kellam- KOKO Newsletter subscription forms, undated

Box 1 Folder 13

Mitsy Kellam- Japan materials- Niigata Prefecture brochure, 1986

Box 1 Folder 66

Mitsy Kellam- Japan materials, 1994-2004

Box 1 Folder 15

Mitsy Kellam- Japan materials- Overhead projector notes on Japan, undated

Box 1 Folder 16

Mitsy Kellam- Japan materials- University of Arkansas Japanese Table meeting announcement, ca 1992

Box 1 Folder 14

Mitsy Kellam- Origami art, undated

Box 1 Folder 17

Mitsy Kellam- Organizations- Church event fliers, including one for First United Methodist Church, Springdale, undated

Box 1 Folder 18

Mitsy Kellam- Organizations- The Metropolitan Dinner Club of Northwest Arkansas membership renewal letter, 1990

Box 1 Folder 19

Mitsy Kellam- Organizations- Ozark Literacy Council materials, 1987, 1990

Box 1 Folder 20

Mitsy Kellam- Organizations- Women's Financial Information Program materials, undated

Box 1 Folder 21

Mitsy Kellam- Correspondence offering services as translator, 1988

Box 1 Folder 68

Mitsy Kellam- Correspondence regarding Ray Kellam, 1997, 2015

Box 1 Folder 22

Mitsy Kellam- Service award certificates and correspondence, 2008-2009

Box 1 Folder 38

Mitsy Kellam- Singing Men of Arkansas Veterans Day memorial program, 2017

Box 1 Folder 23

Owen Barnes- Memorial materials, 1994, undated

Includes certificate from White House honoring his memory and service

Box 1 Folder 24

Ray Kellam- Air Force records, 1959-1968

Box 1 Folder 25

Ray Kellam- Air Force ephemera and photograph, 1941-1947, undated

Ticket from orchestral event in the Phillipines; membership card and event tickets for the Bataan Veterans Organization; Nichols Field base pass; photograph of Kellam on base

Box 1 Folder 26

Ray Kellam- Air Force award and recognition materials, including citations and photographs, ca 1959-1996

Box 1 Folder 27

Ray Kellam- Air Force photographs, 1939, 1955, 1960, undated

Included are photographs of: Misawa Air Base, Japan; Electronics Section of 30th Air Defense Missile Squadron (ADMS) in Bangor, Maine; Wurtsmith Air Force Base; official portraits of Kellam; and snapshots of Kellam with planes.

Box 1 Folder 28

Ray Kellam- Air Force photographs- Portrait in uniform, undated 4"x5" black and white cellulose acetate negative

Box 1 Folder 29

Ray Kellam- Air Force- Atmospheric Nuclear Testing program materials, 1982-1985

Box 1 Folder 30

Ray Kellam- Air Force- Prisoner of war materials, 1949-1997

Correspondence, press coverage, and recognition of Kellam's experience as a prisoner of war on the Bataan Death March and imprisoned at Cabanatuan in the Philippines during World War II.

Box 1 Folder 31

Ray Kellam- Air Force Aircraft Photopaks, Volumes 1-2, 1977

Box 1 Folder 61-64

Ray Kellam- "Thirty-Two Plus Years of Military Service" memoir , undated

Box 1 Folder 32

Ray Kellam- "Thirt[y]-Two Plus Years of Military Service" memoir fragments and notes, undated

Box 1 Folder 33

Ray Kellam- Resumes, ca 1968

Box 1 Folder 34

Ray Kellam- Family tree and notes, undated

Box 1 Folder 35

Ray Kellam- Photographs, 1940, undated

Two photographic prints of Kellam and Byron Logan on board a ship; photographic portrait of Kellam as a young man; portrait of woman with young boy (possibly Kellam and his mother); photograph of his mother (Leona Kellam)'s gravestone; portrait of Kellam

Box 1 Folder 36

Ray Kellam [?]- Photographs of building, undated

Series of photographic prints and negatives of an unidentified building. Based on these materials' original grouping with other materials relating to Ray Kellam, they are most likely associated with his personal life or military career in some way.

Box 1 Folder 65

Ray Kellam - World War II press clippings and printed materials, 1985-2004

Box 1 Folder 69

Ray Kellam - Profile in The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, 1996

Box 1 Folder 37

Ray Kellam- Vital records- Birth certificate (photocopies), 1955

Box Manuscript OV Box 18 Folder MC 2308 OV Folder 1 Item 1

Ray Kellam- Vital records- Marriage certificate, Ray Kellam and Mary Lee Fisher, 1947

Box 1 Folder 38

Ray Kellam- Memorial materials, 1997

Box 1 Folder 67

Ray Kellam- Obituaries, 1997

Box 1 Folder 39

Bill Clinton- 1983 gubernatorial inauguration invitations, 1983

Box 1 Folder 40

Bill Clinton- 1984 gubernatorial campaign materials, 1984

Box 1 Folder 41

Bill Clinton- 1985 gubernatorial inauguration invitations and tickets, 1985

Box 1 Folder 42

Bill Clinton- 1987 gubernatorial inauguration invitations, 1987

Box 1 Folder 43

Bill Clinton- 1991 gubernatorial inauguration invitation, 1991

Box 1 Folder 44

Bill Clinton- Invitations to gubernatorial and campaign events, 1985-1988

Box 1 Folder 45

Bill Clinton- Fair Tax Amendment and Ethics Act materials, 1988

Box 1 Folder 46

Bill Clinton- Governor's Mansion of Arkansas brochure and Chairman of National Governors' Association booklet, 1986, undated

Box 1 Folder 47

Bill Clinton- Commemorative gubernatorial napkins, undated

Box Manuscript OV Box 18 Folder MC 2308 OV Folder 1 Item 2

Bill Clinton- George Fisher political cartoon, with note at bottom from Clinton to Owen Barnes, wishing him a happy holidays, 1982

Box 1 Folder 48

Bill Clinton- 1992 presidential campaign materials, 1991-1992

Box 1 Folder 49

Bill Clinton- 1993 presidential inauguration invitation packet, 1992

Box 1 Folder 50

Bill Clinton- 1995 presidential commemorative print packet, 1995

Box 1 Folder 51

Bill Clinton- 1996 presidential campaign materials, 1995-1996

Box 1 Folder 52

Bill Clinton- 1997 presidential inauguration invitation packets, 1996

Box 1 Folder 53

Bill Clinton- 1997 presidential photograph and correspondence sent to supporters, 1997

Box 1 Folder 54

Bill Clinton- News from Washington (DNC-Arkansas Office newsletters), Vol.2, No.2- Vol. 3, No. 2), ca 1995-1996

Box 1 Folder 55

Bill Clinton- White House Christmas cards, 1993-2000

Box 1 Folder 56

Bill Clinton- Press coverage- Arkansas newspapers and magazine, 1992-2005

Box 1 Folder 57

Bill Clinton- Press coverage- Democratic Voices of Arkansas (Arkansas State Democratic Committee newsletter), Vol. 1, No. 7 and Vol. 1, No. 11, 1992

Box 1 Folder 58

Bill Clinton- Press coverage- National magazines, 1992-1993

Box 1 Folder 59

Bill Clinton- Photographic portrait, autographed, ca 1982-1990

Box 1 Item 1

Bill Clinton- Commemorative presidential spoon, ca 1993-2000

Box 1 Folder 60

David Pryor- Holiday correspondence and event invitation, 1988, 1995


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