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Toshiko and David Luther Joplin correspondence

 Collection — document-box: 1, Folder: 1-2
Identifier: 2021-002-s-r

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 70 personal correspondence written mainly between a Japanese woman, Toshiko Joplin née Takahashi (1920-2013) from Tokyo, Japan and a U.S. Army serviceman, David Luther Joplin (1927-2001), from Southern California.

A majority of the letters are from Toshiko to David (31 letters) and David's mother Mildred (3). Other letters were sent to Toshiko from either David (20) or Mildred (6). There is also correspondence between Japanese and US government officials and the family (7) about gaining permission to bring Toshiko and Ruth to America. David and Toshiko's relatives and friends also sent correspondence (3).


  • 1951 April 24 - 1953 May 8


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

Toshiko Joplin née Takahashi (1920-2013) was a Japanese woman from Tokyo, Japan. In this collection's records she is also referred to as Toshi Sugata, Miss Takahashi, and Mrs. David L. Joplin. U.S. Army serviceman David Luther Joplin (1927-2001) lived in Garden Grove, CA. They fell in love after World War II, had a daughter Ruth Yuko (1948- ), and later married.

David's mother Mildred is also referred to as Mrs. Alex Taylor. Harold Tanner and Ruth Tanner née Joplin are Toshiko's brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Kachiko Sugata is Toshiko's sister.


0.2 Linear Feet (2 legal-sized folders )

Language of Materials



This collection contains 70 sleeved personal correspondence written mainly by Toshiko Joplin née Takahashi and David Luther Joplin. Other correspondents are government officials and the couple's relatives and friends.


The letters in this collection are organized in chronological order. Undated letters are placed after dated letters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Johnson Rare Books and Archives in 2021.

Bibliography “David Luther Joplin.” Accessed January 26, 2022.

Condition Description

Letters are in good condition. Some letters and envelopes have water damage.

Processing Information

Processed by Victoria Perez in January 2022. Biographical note written by Perez. Letters were kept in office sleeves as received. Letters with dates were placed in chronological order.

Finding aid to the Toshiko and David Luther Joplin correspondence
Victoria Perez
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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