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Yin Kim papers

Identifier: 3011

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Scope and Contents

The Yin Kim papers, 1903-2012, consist of twenty-four folders, as well as a number of loose items, relating to Kim and his family Amongst these materials is biographical information on Yin Kim, Dosan Ahn Chang Ho, Earl Kim, and Sung Kwon Kim and copies of articles, clippings, and writings. There is also correspondence with Susan Ahn Cuddy, Henry Ahn, the Korean Centennial Committee, as well as greeting cards, including a White House birthday greeting from Bill and Hilary Clinton. The rest of the collection comprises photographs of Kim and family members (six folders which include photos with Winona Judd, Luke Perry and Mel Gibson, eight foam board photos, and one framed photo), a copy of the 1941 El Rodeo, a scrapbook of Yin Kim’s mother’s Patriot Award ceremony, two CDs of music by Earl Kim, and two books.


  • Creation: 1903 - 2012


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Note

Yin Kim was a first-generation Korean American WWII veteran, dentist of 50 years, and graduate of USC. His brother, Earl Kim was also a WWII veteran and a composer. Their parents, Sung Kwon Kim and Hye Won Kang, were active in the Korean Independence Movement and the foundation of the Young Korean Academy.

Yin Kim passed away on January 2, 2006 at age 89 after a persistent period of illness. His wife Jane as well as four children from a previous marriage, five grandchildren, and great-grandchildren survived him. In 2012, Jane Kim wrote "A Man of Many 'Tales'", a biography about her husband.


2.25 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

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Yin Kim was a first-generation Korean American WWII veteran, dentist, and USC alum. This small collection consists of photographs and biographical materials related to Kim, as well as to his family members Earl Kim, Sung Kwon Kim, Hye Won Kang, and wife Jane Kim. The collection also contains books, audio CDs, awards, and two medals.


Folders are arranged chronologically in box, with loose items placed after.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Yin Kim.

Related Archival Materials

Related materials pertaining to Yin Kim can be found within USC's Korean-American Digital Archive in the form of oral histories, as part of the Korean American Museum Oral History Series subcollection.

Finding aid for the Yin Kim papers
Lindsay Long, Sarah Cassone
2017 December
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States