Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of Correspondence (1909-1946), the Typescript of the Ho-Dan-Zo, Various Notes re the Ho-Dan-Zo, and Notes on Japanese Customs and Folklore. The Correspondence consists of letters between Wheeler and Japanese scholars and translators. There is also a folder of letters in Japanese, which may be the originals of other letters in the series, and a folder of material found with the correspondence which includes notes and memoranda and two pamphlets in Japanese. The Typescript of the "Ho-Dan Zo", divided into ten sections which correspond to the ten projected volumes, includes Wheeler's emendations. Various Notes re the "Ho-Dan-Zo" consist of research material, unsorted notes relating to the "Ho-Dan-Zo", translations of Japanese stories not used by Wheeler, and some Chinese and Korean tales. The Notes on Japanese Folklore and Customs contain Wheeler's own notes and other material, particularly clippings.
Four series: I. Correspondence, 1909-1946; II. Typescript of the "Ho-Dan-Zo"; III. Various Notes Re the "Ho-Dan-Zo"; IV. Notes on Japanese Customs and Folklore