Fonds UAA Fonds 0464 - Chuji Hiruki Fonds

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Chuji Hiruki Fonds

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  • Multiple media

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UAA Fonds 0464

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  • 1955 - 2001 (Creation)
    Hiruki, Chuji
    Edmonton, AB

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Physical description

The fonds comprises metres of archival material: 5.10 metres including
3.8 meters of textual records
1.3 meters of related audio-visual materials including slides, photographs and photographic negatives

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(June 16 1931- November 15 2021.)

Biographical history

Dr. Chuji Hiruki was born June 16 1931 in Fukue (Japan) where he was raised and spent his childhood. He received a B.Sc. and Ph.D from Kyushu University. His focus of research and interests with plant pathology centered on chemical inhibition of Tobacco Mosaic Virus (TMV). In 1958 he won a Fulbright research fellowship enabling him to study plant biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship (1964-66) he came to Edmonton in 1966 and accepted a position at the University of Alberta as a plant pathology professor. Over the course of his long research and teaching career, he excelled in the study of plant mycoplasma research. Dr. Hiruki became a worldwide authority on plant diseases caused by viruses and mycoplasmas, and an international consultant on biotechnological and agricultural issues. Given his expertise in the identification and classification of plant disease, he was invited to present papers at the 8th International Congress on Plant Pathogenic Bacteria in Versailles, France and the 9th International Congress on the International Organization of Mycoplasmologists at the University of Iowa (1992). From 1966 through to his retirement in 1996 Dr. Hiruki taught undergraduate and graduate students at all levels in the Department of Plant Pathology, wherein he served as Chairman of the graduate studies program. He also served on a number of university committees including the President's Biosafety Committee, Central Research Fund Committee and numerous faculty and department committees.

Dr. Hiruki was recognized with many awards and honours for his work in plant pathology, including the McCalla Professorship, American Phytopathology Fellow, Royal Society of Canada Fellowship, University of Alberta Distinguished University Professor, Canadian Phytopathological Society Fellow, J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research and Canadian Phytopathological Society Outstanding Research Award. He retired in 1996, but remained active in plant pathology research. In 2018, Chuji was conferred the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette, an award of appreciation from the Emperor of Japan to those who have made distinguished contributions to their field.

Following retirement, he researched the history of his hometown of Fukue and continued his involvement with flowers as the vice-president of the International Camellia Society.

He was also recognized by the City of Fukue with a Distinguished Citizen Award.

Dr. Hiruki passed away November 15th, 2021.

Custodial history

The fonds was compiled and stored in the office and home of Dr. Chuji Hiruki and later acquired into the custody and care of the Executor of the Estate. The materials were boxed by Dr. Hiruki's daughter on behalf of the Executor of the Estate (Yasuko Hiruki) and acquired directly from the home via University of Alberta staff.

Scope and content

The Dr. Chuji Hiruki fonds is a very rich and diverse acquisition of materials depicting the life and primarily teaching and research career of Chuji Hiruki. The fonds comprises a broad scope of records comprising mainly of textual materials reflective of his teaching, research travel and role as a professor of plant pathology during his tenure with the University of Alberta.

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Physical condition

The fonds is in very good condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

The materials were acquired directly from Lisa Hiruki-Haring on behalf of Mrs. Yasuko Hiruki (Executor of the Estate).


The materials are arranged in accordance with media type and sequentially numbered by file. The main textual material is arranged via the principle "respect des fonds". It has been retained in original order with the materials placed in archive acid-free folders and identified according to original titles where possible. The textual materials are numbered sequentially with each file described in a descriptive inventory. The photographic materials (photos, negatives and slides) have been separated by media type and described via a separate section of the descriptive inventory.

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  • English

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    Also includes records including correspondence and research notes in Japanese.

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    Some items include student letters of reference, support and academic backgrounds. These files are identified as "Restricted" and "restricted Subject to Archivist's Review".

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    Donor Agreement.

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    No further accruals are expected.

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    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    J. Franks (October 12 2022)

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