Where you stay?: Locals, Teachers, and Local Teachers

“Residential Distribution of Public School Teachers, 1931-32” An article that appeared in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin on August 25, 1932 reported that “Teachers Live Away from Homes of School Children.”  The article showed a chart that supported this gripping news and reported the following facts: The majority of teachers lived in Nu‘uanu, Makiki, Mānoa, Waikīkī and…

“Doing Our Duty”

Fewer than twenty women were surrounded by several dozen servicemen at this celebration – a party or a dance organized for members of the 33rd Infantry “Prairie Division.” Several of the girls look happy to be providing a pleasant diversion for the soldiers. Some are surrounded by several men, others stand off to the side.…

What’s Outside the Frame

Maps are an important part of the ephemera of the RASRL Collection. The maps were, as far as we know, created by students to accompany research papers. Sometimes there is a map with no paper; sometimes there is a paper with no map. Standing alone, then, they require interpretation and invite speculation about what they…

Who Was Zonita Owens?

It’s difficult to avoid getting caught up in the details of the lives of the students who wrote the papers in the RASRL Collection. It could be a compelling narrative that is particularly well written or the careful delineation of feelings or reactions that makes a paper memorable.  Sometimes it is simple curiosity:  who are you…

Margaret Lam, Again

As we’ve said in previous posts, Margaret Lam was a bit of a character.  She looms large in the RASRL Collection possibly because she made her presence felt.  She was vocal, and in spite of her size cast a long shadow over the RASRL research in the 1930s.   Reading correspondence by and about her,…

Margaret Lam (cont.)

In an earlier post, we discussed the life and career of Margaret Lam who was a University of Hawai‘i graduate student and worked in the Social Research Laboratory. She wrote articles for several sociology journals including Social Process in Hawaii.  She also provided supporting material for Romanzo Adams’ pioneering work, Interracial Marriage in Hawaii. In the RASRL…