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Japanese American/Peruvian Collections

at California State University Dominguez Hills

Selected Images

Granada pioneer, vol. 1, no. 69 (May 29, 1943)

Donald Teruo Hata and Nadine Ishitani Hata Asian Pacific Studies Collection, Incarceration Camp Newsletters

An issue from a camp newspaper, "Granada pioneer," vol. 1, no. 69 published in the Granada incarceration camp in Amache, Colorado on May 29, 1943.

Granada pioneer, vol. 1, no. 65 (June 21, 1944)

Donald Teruo Hata and Nadine Ishitani Hata Asian Pacific Studies Collection, Incarceration Camp Newsletters

An issue from a camp newspaper, "Granada pioneer," vol. 1, no. 65 published in the Granada incarceration camp in Amache, Colorado on June 21, 1944. 

Crystal City times (January 21, 1946)

Donald Teruo Hata and Nadine Ishitani Hata Asian Pacific Studies Collection, Incarceration Camp Newsletters

An issue from an interment camp newspaper, "Crystal City times," published in the Crystal City Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas on January 21, 1946. 

Henry Fukuhara Manazanar 2001 Watercolor Workshop

Henry Fukuhara Paint-Out Collection

An invitation card to Stary-Sheets Fine Art Galleries where Henry Fukuhara's paintings were exhibited. 

Journey lesson handout

Henry Fukuhara Paint-Out Collection

Lesson handout for a watercolor workshop with Henry Fukuhara held in May 2002. 

Nisei solders on military vehicle

Henry Y. Ikemoto Collection

A photograph of Nisei soldiers sitting on a vehicle and a chair outside, 1944.

Kumekichi Ishibashi with children

Ishibashi Collection

A photograph from the Ishibashi family photo album. Kimekichi Ishibashi stands to the far left with six children. Masaichi Ishibashi, his eldest son is standing on the far right, 1944. 

Sports team

Yukio Mochizuki Collection

A photograph of members of soccer and baseball teams, including Japanese internees as well as Caucasian internees, possibly Italian and German internees, presumably at the Crystal City Internment Camp, circa 1942-1948.

Goerge Naohara at the Manzanar incarceration camp

George and Mitzi Naohara Papers

A photograph of George Nobuo Naohara posing at the Manzanar incarceration camp in California, 1942.

Female children at the Jerome incarceration camp

George and Mitzi Naohara Papers

A photograph of young female children, including Emiko Sasaki, incarcerated at the Jerome camp in Denson, Arkansas, circa 1942-1945.  

Volunteers from Jerome to Tule Lake

George and Mitzi Naohara Papers

A photograph of volunteers on the train being transferred from the Jerome camp in Denson, Arkansas to the Tule Lake Segregation Center in Newell, California, 1944.

Mitzi Masukawa Naohara

George and Mitzi Naohara Papers

A photographed of Mitzi Masukawa Naohara in the 1950s. 

 

Far East Café

Ninomiya Studio Collection

A photograph of the interior of Far East Cafe' during Nisei Week, featuring Kinso Ninomiya and possibly members of Nisei Week Court, August 23, 1949.

Portrait of little girls in kimono

Ninomiya Studio Collection

A portrait of Japanese female children in kimonos taken at the Ninomiya Studio in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, 1950.

Tule Lake rooftops

Toshio Oku Photo Album

A photograph looking across rooftops of buildings at the Tule Lake camp towards hills in the distance, circa 1942-1946.

Manuel E. Ikari at Seabrook farms

Yukio Mochizuki Collection

A photograph of men in Seabrook Farms. Includes Manuel E. Ikari, who was Peruvian Japanese and incarcerated in the Department of Justice Internment Camp during World War II, February 2, 1948.

 

Letters from Kumaji and Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio and Yoneko Takano

Takano Family Papers

Letters from Kumaji and Tsuruno Meguro to Fumio and Yoneko Takano, 1942-1945

 

Bishop Matsukage

Tazu Kawamoto Photo Album

A photograph of Bishop Matsukage along with a procession on Buddhist Day on Treasure Island near San Francisco, April 2, 1939.

Collection Descriptions

Collections are listed in the five categories and links to finding aids and digitized materials are attached:

  1. Japanese American Incarceration Experience
  2. Japanese American Military Experience
  3. Early Settlement and California’s Alien Land Act
  4. Post World War II
  5. Japanese Peruvian Internment 

 

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Papers: Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga is an activist for the Japanese American Redress Movement whose research conducted for the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians provided key evidence that led to redress. During World War II, she was incarcerated in Manznar, Rohwer, and Jerome camps. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and ephemera related to her life and work. Browse digitized materials

Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers: contains letters, certificates, oral histories, yearbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and other ephemera related to the Akamine, Fuchita, and Yasumura family. It mostly focuses on the Fuchita family, who moved from Japan to the United States around 1916, documenting their time in Japan, California, the Manzanar camp, and their lives after camp. The oral history interviews were recorded on DVDS, cassette tapes, and VHS tapes. The interviewees include Joseph Ismau Fuchita, Eric Akamine, and Shizuko Akamine. Browse digitized materials

Atsushi Art Ishida Collection: is comprised of about 900 photographs (prints, negatives, digital reproductions) and other materials chronicling his time immediately after/during his incarceration in the Santa Anita Assembly Center in California, the Jerome camp in Arkansas, the Tule Lake Segregation Center in California, and the Minidoka camp in Idaho, and also depicting his time in pre-war Japan and during the Korean War. Browse digitized materials

Donald Teruo Hata and Nadine Ishitani Hata Asian Pacific Studies Collection: contains materials accumulated by Dr. Donald T. Hata and Dr. Nadine Ishitani Hata for their research projects and publications focus on the forced evacuation and incarceration during World War II. The following collections were derived from this collection and digitized items are available: 

  • Incarceration Camp Newsletters: contains newsletters published in several temporary assembly centers, incarceration camps, and an internment camp during World War II.
  • Chris S. Uyemura Manzanar Photograph Collectionconsists of a pictorial essay, “Manzanar, a photographic essay,” and additional loose photos, which were compiled and collected by Chris S. Uyemura. The essay contains photographs, texts, and newspaper clippings, and was submitted to Professor Donald T. Hata of the Department of History at CSU Dominguez Hills.
  • Kato and Shiimori Family Photographscontains photographs collected by Yvonne Achacoso, a student of a history class taught by Professor Donald Teruo Hata at CSU Dominguez Hills. She interviewed two Nisei Japanese Americans, Roy Yasuharu Kato and John Ishihei Iwatsuru who were incarcerated in the Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming and the Jerome camp in Arkansas and the Granada camp in Colorado. Their wives were both daughters of the Shiimori family, who was also incarcerated in the Jerome camp and the Gila River in Arizona. Included are photographs of the Gila River camp collected from the Shiimori family album as well as photographs depicting the life in the Heart Mountain camp gathered from the Kato family album.
  • Shimazu Family Photographsconsists of mainly photographs taken in the Jerome camp in Arkansas, including barracks and facilities, which depict the living conditions of the camp. Included is also one newspaper clipping featuring General Joseph W. Stilwell's visit to a war bereaved family. All items were collected by a student of a history class taught by Professor Donald Teruo Hata at CSU Dominguez Hills. The student conducted interviews with Mrs. Shizuka Shimazu and Mr. Benjamin Shimazu, who were incarcerated in the Jerome camp during World War II.
  • Usui Family Papersconsists of documents pertaining to the family's experiences of the forced removal and incarceration during World War II. The Usui Family was incarcerated in the Tule Lake camp in California, and transferred to the Minidoka camp in Idaho. Included are correspondence, gate passes, receipts, a census conducted among Issei incarcerees, student report cards, lists of transfers from Tule Lake to Minidoka, a directory of the incarcerees in the Minidoka camp, and publications.

Fred Bradford Manzanar CollectionFred Bradford is a member of the Manzanar Committee, an organization that began in 1970 after the first pilgrimage to Manzanar took place in December 1969 and worked to establish Manzanar as a California State Historical Landmark and to educate others about the history of Japanese American incarceration. The collection includes booklets, agendas, meeting minutes, maps, travel guides, flyers, programs, and digital material related to the Manzanar incarceration camp and the Manzanar Committee. 

George Nakano Family Papers: contains books, booklets, proposals, printed newspaper articles, ephemera, and digitized scrapbooks related to George Nakano, former Assembly member and Torrance City Council member. Included are the Nakano family's wartime materials during their incarceration in Jerome and Tule Lake camps and George Nakano's political career. Browse digitized materials. 

George and Mitzi Naohara Papersconsists of photo albums and scrapbooks compiled by George Naohara and Mitzi (Masukawa) Naohara, and documents pertaining to the Naohara and Masukawa family who was incarcerated in the Manzanar, Jerome, Tule Lake, and Poston camps during World War II. After the war, George Naohara served the U.S. Army, and there are photographs documenting his time in the U.S Army Language School and the Korean War. There are also materials regarding the Gardena Buddhist Church activities in which George Naohara engaged after the war. Browse digitized materials.

Gingo Tanaka Papers: features materials from 1944, such as three Gila News-Courier newspapers, a postcard, and a booklet, "Second Year at Gila," that once belonged to former Gila River camp incarceree, Gingo Tanaka. Browse digitized materials.

Glenn M. Anderson Papers: comprises papers related to the long political career of Glenn M. Anderson, who served in California as mayor of the City of Hawthorne, as State Assemblyman, and as Lieutenant Governor, then represented the state in the House of Representatives. The wide-ranging collection contains materials regarding issues facing California in the 1940s, including Japanese American incarceration in World War II and the Alien Land laws. Other materials may include redress issues in the 1970s and 1980s.

Heart Mountain Sentinel: consists of issues of a camp newspaper, Heart Mountain Sentinel, published in the Heart Mountain camp during the war. 

Henry Fukuhara Collection (In Process): contains photographs, paintings and other items.

Henry Fukuhara Family Collection (In Process): contains paintings by Henry Fukuhara and fliers. 

Henry Fukuhara Paint-Out Collection: Henry Fukuhara is a Japanese American abstract watercolor artist and best known for his watercolor paintings of Santa Monica and Manzanar. The collection contains photographs and notes from Henry Fukuhara’s Manzanar Workshops in which he painted for and instructed other painters on his watercolor techniques. Browse digitized materials

Hiroshi Fukuwa Manzanar Diary: consists of a diary written by Hiroshi Ted Fukuwa, a Kibei Nisei of Los Angeles, California, along with newsletters, clippings, and handwritten notes created/collected during his incarceration. His diary details his experiences during World War II, starting from the day when he left Los Angeles for the Manzanar camp in California and including his transfer to the Gila River camp in Arizona and segregation in the Tule Lake camp in California. The diary describes trips to the camps, construction of facilities, living conditions, work and salaries, events, incidents and accidents, reflecting a Kibei perspective. Browse digitized materials.

Ikemi Family Photographs (In Process): comprises photographs of Ikemi Family in 1940s-1950s.

Itsuhei Takano Camp Journal (In Process): consists of a Japanese journal written by Itsuhei Takano, an Issei who was incarcerated in the Poston camp during the war. 

Ishibashi Family Papers: contains materials relating to the life, family and work of Kumekichi and Masaichi Ishibashi, Japanese American farmers in Palos Verdes, California between 1910 and the 1980s. Included are Masaichi’s photocopied journal 1943-1945 and daily labor report at the Poston camp, war loss compensation and redress related documents 1947-1986. Browse digitized materials.

J. Ralph McFarling Collection: contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling documenting the Amache camp in Granada, Colorado during World War II. The collection includes a memoir titled The Day the Ban was Lifted by McFarling describing conditions in the camp, weekly reports to the War Relocation Administration, and letters from former prisoners who discuss their resettlement throughout the United States. Browse digitized materials.

James H. Osborne Nisei Collection: contains mostly correspondence between Emiko and Usami Terada, incarcerees in the Rohwer camp in McGehee Arkansas, the Thomas family in Lawndale, California, and some photographs of the Teradas and the Thomases. The letters describe the trip from the Santa Anita Assembly Center to the Rohwer camp, their lives and conditions in the camp, and their concerns about their properties in Lawndale, California. Also included are photographs taken in the camp, fliers published during wartime, holiday and sympathy cards from the Terada and Nakawaki families to the Thomas family, clippings regarding Japanese American incarceration, and other documents. Browse digitized materials

Japanese American History Collectionvarious materials on the history of Japanese Americans collected by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, such as, books, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, booklets, correspondence, periodicals, and oversized material.

Jim and Eric Saito Family Collectionsa wide array of materials pertaining to the Saito family, including Tanjiro Saito's business ventures and memoirs, photographs and photo albums, letters, Amache/Granada, Heart Mountain and Tule Lake camp materials, Amache/Granada and Heart Mountain reunion materials, World War II 442nd Infantry Regiment materials, track and field sports career materials, school yearbooks, redress materials, newspaper clippings, and more. Browse digitized materials.

Jimmy Fukuhara Manzanar Camp Collection: contains photographs, letters, flyers, postcards, booklets, newspaper clippings, newspapers, and notes pertaining to Jimmy Fukuhara family and the Manzanar camp. Included in the collection are photographs of Jimmy and his wife, Eileen, and a schoolteacher, Eve Beekman, who taught at the Manzanar camp. Other materials, such as the articles, postcards, and flyers, are about Henry Fukuhara, Jimmy's brother, and his "Paint Out" Watercolor Workshops to Manzanar and the surrounding areas that began in the late 1980s. 

Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Photographs: documents the life of Hatsuko Mary Yoshioka Higuchi's Nisei and Kibei mother, Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka, from childhood to adulthood by way of photographs: Kiyoko was born in Santa Monica, California but later moved to Japan to live with her aunt after both of her parents passed away. She returned to the U. S. in the late 1930s, resided on Terminal Island, California before the war, and was incarcerated in the Poston camp in Arizona during the war. After the war ended, the Yoshioka family returned to California and reestablished their lives in Lawndale and Torrance. The collection also includes a short essay written by Hatsuko while she was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), redress papers, and a handout from a sewing class at the Poston incarceration camp in Arizona. Browse digitized materials.

Kiyoshi Uyekawa Family Paperscomprises mainly documents the time Kiyoshi Uyekawa, his wife, his father-in-law and his brother-in-law were incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp, while it also briefly documents their lives before and after World War II.

Kuromi Photo Albums: contains two photograph albums and material related to Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi and Corrine Nobuko Nishimura Kuromi. Photographs of the Gila River camp are included. Browse digitized materials.

Kuwahara Family Papers: documents the Kuwahara family's time at the Poston camp in Arizona during World War II. Materials include newsletters from the schools and community in the Poston camp, photographs of the people incarcerated at the camp and the desert landscape, watercolor paintings of the camp facilities, and programs and booklets from the reunions of the Poston camp families. Browse digitized materials.

Manzanar Photo Album: contains photographs and newspaper clippings about the Manzanar camp. Photographs include images of children, barracks, funerals, along with two additional photos from a welcome party for Dr. Furukochi at the Koyasan Betsuin in Los Angeles and a photograph of the Santa Fe Japanese Baseball Team. The newspaper clippings in the collection are primarily about the riots at the Manzanar camp. Browse digitized materials.

Mcfarling, J. Ralph Collection: documents the Amache camp in Granada, Colorado, including a ten page typescript memoir entitled "The Day the Ban Was Lifted" by McFarling describing conditions in the camp, his weekly reports to the War Relocation Administration in Washington DC (1944-1945), memos and other data relating to camp management, letters from former prisoners who had left the camp and moved throughout the United States, a "resettlement" handbook and guides to the Amache camp published at the camp. Also included is a Smithsonian pamphlet entitled "The Japanese" published in 1943, a pamphlet entitled "The Displaced Japanese-Americans" published by the America Council on Public Affairs and a pamphlet entitled "Japan" by the editors of Fortune Magazine, 1944 and four camp photographs, watercolor paintings of barracks and desert surroundings by H. Takata. Browse digitized materials.

Misao Okada Scrapbook: contains photographs, ephemera, notes, and correspondence documenting her time at the Amache camp and a visit and reunion over 50 years later. Also includes materials relating to reparations and events observing Japanese American incarceration. Browse digitized materials.

Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs: This collection contains photographs of the Hiranuma family and others at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Images in the collection depict barracks, incarcerees, and life at the camp. Browse digitized materials.

Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photograph Albumcontains one photograph album mostly depicting life at the Minidoka camp located in South Central Idaho during World War II. It features photographs of Ben Kuroki, a Japanese American who served in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. Browse digitized materials.

Natsumeda Family Granada Camp Collection: includes a Buddhist Sunday service program and a Granada camp directory. Browse digitized materials.

Okine Family Papers: materials collected by Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine who were Issei flower growers in Whittier, California. It includes correspondence, photographs, financial documents, and a photo album. A large portion of the collection consists of family correspondence with Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, including letters from their Nisei children, Masao and Makoto Okine, both soldiers overseas during World War II, to their Issei parents incarcerated in the Rohwer camp in McGehee, Arkansas. The correspondence also includes letters from their relatives and friends who are former incarcerees in the camps during the war and have “resettled” in Chicago, Illinois as well as letters from the Okines’ family members in Hiroshima, Japan during the Allied occupation of Japan. In addition, the collection includes a family photo album (digital reproductions) compiled by Dorothy Ai Aoki, a Nisei daughter to the Okines. Browse digitized materials.

Owen M. Sylvester Tule Lake Photograph Collection​: contains one box of photographic images taken by Captain Owen M. Sylvester while at Tule Lake Segregation Center during a military occupation as a member of the 772 Military Police Battalion in 1943. Browse digitized materials.

Rancho San Pedro Collection: Although the Rancho San Pedro was initially devoted solely to ranching, the various companies of the Dominguez heirs later diversified to include nurseries, real estate, and water management. In addition to these other business ventures, tenant farming remained a vital part of Rancho San Pedro life throughout the first half of the century. A large number of these tenant farmers on Rancho lands were of Japanese or Chinese descent. Beginning with the California Alien Land Act of 1913 through the mass removal of people of Japanese descent during World War II, these tenants faced laws restricting where they lived and their right to lease land. Tenants and the Rancho landlords took a number of actions in response to these legal issues including gathering birth certificates or other documents to prove tenants' American citizenship and writing letters of recommendation on tenants' behalf to War Relocation Boards. Browse digitized materials.

Satoru Maeda Family Heart Mountain Photo Album: contains photographs mostly taken in the Heart Mountain incarceration camp in Cody, Wyoming, documenting life in the camp during World War II. Photographed are the facilities, jobs, sports events, and social activities at the camp. There are also group photographs of male internees, presumably Issei and Kibei Nisei, at the Santa Fe Internment Camp in New Mexico where Satoru Maeda was transferred from the Tule Lake camp. Browse digitized materials.

Sumi Family Manzanar Photographsincludes two digitized photographs from the Sumi family, who was incarcerated at the Manzanar camp during World War II. Browse digitized materials.

Takahashi Family Collection (In Process): comprises of photographs from a family photo album, correspondence between the immediate Takahashi family, correspondence between Florence Griffen and her mother-in-law, Lois Griffen, transcripts of the aforementioned correspondence, Yae Takahashi's original artwork featuring Poston Incarceration Camp and other Japanese themes, Dorothy Treable's school report cards from elementary school until college, Florence's short autobiography, newspaper clippings, church and Peace Corps papers, Poston-themed Christmas cards, and more. All materials in this collection are digital reproductions.

Takano Family Papers: contains materials from members of the Takano family in Los Angeles, California, including Issei immigrants, Itsuhei and Tomoye Takano and Kumaji and Tsuruno Meguro, and their Nisei children, Fumio Fred and Yoneko (Meguro) Takano. The papers covers from prewar through post-war, including the period of the mass removal and incarceration at Pomona Assembly Center, Santa Anita Assembly Center, Gila River camp, and Heart Mountain camp during WWII and the Redress Movement in the 1980s. Browse digitized materials.

Tazu Kawamoto Photo Album Collection: contains one album of mostly photographs compiled by Tazuko "Tazu" Kawamoto that document various people, events, and activities throughout 1939-1943. Included are photographs, flyers, invitations, and business cards relating to Tazu Kawamoto’s personal life, with a focus on events during the World’s Fair on San Francisco’s Treasure Island in 1939. This collection also has photographs most likely taken inside the Gila River camp in Arizona, including a photograph of dentists at the Rivers Community Hospital. Browse digitized materials

Terminal Island/Port of Los Angeles: contains of over 400 black-and-white negatives and photographic prints of Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles, San Pedro, Port Hueneme, and Catalina Island, taken between 1938 and 1947. Photographs include businesses, residences, airports, warehouses, coastlines, railroads, and neighborhoods. Many of the homes and businesses on Terminal Island were empty at the time of the photographs. This is the short period of time between the forced removal of the residents and the tearing down of the settlement. Browse digitized materials.

Tomoji Wada Family Papers: Tomoji Wada was an interpreter, bookkeeper, operator of a grocery store, and manufacturer of tofu and mochi on Terminal Island, California prior to World War II. He established a tofu manufacturing plant in the Poston camp, Arizona during the war, and became a gardener after returning from the incarceration camp to Los Angeles, California. The collection consists of receipts, ledgers, taxes, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, journals, guidebooks, immigration materials, and incarceration camp records pertaining to Tomoji Wada and his family. Browse digitized materials.

Toshio Oku Photo Album: comprises a collection of photographs that primarily documents the life of Toshio Oku while he, his father, Naojiro Henry, mother, Misao, and sister, Hideko Louise, were incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp in Northern California during World War II. Browse digitized materials.

Tsugitada Kanamori Collection​: contains one box of documents belonging to Tsugitada Kanamori. Materials in this collection mostly pertain to Kanamori’s efforts regarding cancelling his renunciation and reinstating his American citizenship. Browse digitized materials.

Tsuyoshi Roy Nakai Collection: mostly contains material from the Treasure Chest Program in Orange County, a multicultural educational program by the Multicultural Arts Council of Orange County, and the reports and books relate to the Nakai family and the Manzanar camp. Browse digitized materials.

Virginia B. Lowers Collection: contains one box of three letters addressed to Virginia B. Lowers, a former high school teacher at University High School in Los Angeles, California. The letter from Masaru Teshiba contains information regarding his experiences as an incarceree mostly while at Tule Lake Segregation Center, the letter from Thomas A. Reeves details his combat experiences, and the letter from W.W. Escherich describes events during his trips to Maui, Tientsin China, and Okinawa. Browse digitized materials.

Atsushi Art Ishida Collection: is comprised of about 900 photographs (prints, negatives, digital reproductions) and other materials chronicling his time immediately after/during his incarceration in the Santa Anita Assembly Center in California, the Jerome camp in Arkansas, the Tule Lake Segregation Center in California, and the Minidoka camp in Idaho, and also depicting his time in pre-war Japan and during the Korean War. Browse digitized materials

Dave Teruo Kawagoye Collection (In Process): Dave Teruo Kawagoye's (1921-2013) served in the U.S. Army 442nd Regimental Combat Team battles in France and Italy, and his Anti-Tank Company was sent to Southern France to participate in glider landings during the Normandy invasion. Dave fought in five campaigns in the European theater. After discharge, he returned to the South Bay/Los Angeles and worked for the Long Beach Naval Shipyard after the war. Upon retirement, he became an active board member of Nisei veteran organizations. This collection is composed of books, documents, photos, Nisei veteran newsletters/board records, awards, commendations, newspaper clippings, materials on Nisei soldiers, photos of basic training and 442nd buddies in Europe, Anti-Tank Company battle accounts, oral history interview on DVD, family photographs, military pins, 442nd vet shirts, caps, posters and other military memorabilia.

George and Mitzi Naohara Papersconsists of photo albums and scrapbooks compiled by George Naohara and Mitzi (Masukawa) Naohara, and documents pertaining to the Naohara and Masukawa family who was incarcerated in the Manzanar, Jerome, Tule Lake, and Poston camps during World War II. After the war, George Naohara served the U.S. Army, and there are photographs documenting his time in the U.S Army Language School and the Korean War. There are also materials regarding the Gardena Buddhist Church activities in which George Naohara engaged after the war. Browse digitized materials

Henry Ikemoto Collection: consists of the papers of Henry Y. Ikemoto, a former LA County Probation Officer and a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, documenting the participation of Japanese American soldiers in WWII as part of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team and depicting the daily lives of Japanese American soldiers in Italy, 1944. It contains books, pamphlets, newsletters, correspondence, photographs and others. Browse digitized materials

Japanese American History Collectionvarious materials on the history of Japanese Americans collected by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, such as, books, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, booklets, correspondence, periodicals, and oversized material.

Okine Family Papers: materials collected by Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine who were Issei flower growers in Whittier, California. It includes correspondence, photographs, financial documents, and a photo album. A large portion of the collection consists of family correspondence with Seiichi and Tomeyo Okine, including letters from their Nisei children, Masao and Makoto Okine, both soldiers overseas during World War II, to their Issei parents incarcerated in the Rohwer camp in McGehee, Arkansas. It contains photos, letters, and other documents pertaining to US Army Nisei soldiers who were deployed in Italy during the war and stationed in Japan during the Allied occupation. Browse digitized materials

Paul Junji Toshima Collection: consists of four photograph albums primarily related to the Korean War and a painting of an incarceration camp. 

Ted Kihara Photograph Collectioncontains 35 mm slides and negatives and photographs of events and activities from Ted Kihara’s life. Kihara was assigned to the Allied Translator and Interpreter Section (ATIS) and stationed in Tokyo, Japan during the Allied occupation of Japan, and the collection includes negatives taken during Kihara’s time in Japan. Browse digitized materials.

 

Collection of Japanese Language School Textbooks:

Dale Ann Sato Collection: contains research materials and oral history interviews gathered by Dale Ann Sato, a historian and educator. The collection documents early Japanese settlement in the Los Angeles area, farm production in California during the early 1900s, land layout of the South Bay region with focus on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, and the treatment of Japanese immigrants and Japanese American citizens following the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.   

Del Amo Estate Company Collection: contains documentation to comply with California’s Alien Land Act when the company leased land to Japanese American tenants. The collection also includes correspondence related to the Japanese American tenants who were affected by the forced evacuation and incarceration during World War II.

Donald Greaton Gardena Collection: consists of various school related materials beginning from its establishment in 1907 until 2009, including yearbooks of Gardena High School which Japanese American students attended.  

Hideyuki and Betty (Tanji) Takamori Family Papers: 

Ishibashi Family Collection: documents personal and business records of Ishibashi family, one of the pioneer Japanese farmers on the coastline of Palos Verdes Peninsula, California. The collection includes photographs and moving images of the hilltop farm communities in the 1930s, tax documents, lease contracts and business related records of 1910-1945. Browse digitized materials.

Iwasaki Family Photographs:

Japanese American History Collectionvarious materials on the history of Japanese Americans collected by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, such as, books, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, booklets, correspondence, periodicals, and oversized material.

Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Family Photographs: Browse digitized materials

Kobata Family Photographs:

Masajiro and Sugi Kotake Family Papers:

Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs: Browse digitized materials

Rancho San Pedro Collectiondocuments the history and development of the Rancho San Pedro, one of the original Spanish California land grants. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, the Rancho leased land to a number of tenants of Japanese and Chinese descent. The collection includes leases and papers related to legal issues facing these tenants, most notably the 1913 California Alien Land Act, and the incarceration of Japanese American tenants during World War II. Browse digitized materials.

Tazu Kawamoto Photo AlbumBrowse digitized materials

Wada Family Photographs: Browse digitized materials

Yetsuko Kiyomi Photo Album

Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga PapersAiko Herzig-Yoshinaga is an activist for the Japanese American Redress Movement whose research conducted for the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians provided key evidence that led to redress. During World War II, she was incarcerated in Manznar, Rohwer, and Jerome camps. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, documents, newspaper clippings, memorabilia and ephemera related to her life and work. Browse digitized materials.

Blue Circles and Friends; Komai Family Slides: 

Collection of Japanese American Community Organizations’ Publications: anniversary books, directories, and other materials published by organizations in the Japanese American community. 

CSU Nisei Diploma Project: 

CSUDH Japanese Garden Collectioncontains correspondence, committee materials, solicitation materials, publicity materials, brochures, photographs and artifacts. Much of the material was given to the archives by Dr. Don Hata. His contribution includes all committee papers, solicitation, publicity and most of the correspondence.

CSUDH Oral Histories: 

Gardena Japanese Cultural Show Photo Albums: photographs, news clippings, programs and other materials relating to the City of Gardena Japanese Cultural Show sponsored by the Gardena Valley Gardeners Association. 

Gidra Magazine: Issues of Gidra, an alternative magazine published initially by Japanese American students in Los Angeles between 1969 and 1974. Described by the editors as a "News Magazine of the Asian American Community."

Japanese American History Collectionvarious materials on the history of Japanese Americans collected by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections, such as, books, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, booklets, correspondence, periodicals, and oversized material.

Ninomiya Studio Collectioncontains photographs from the Ninomiya Photography Studio that was located in the Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, California. The images document the Japanese American community in the aftermath of World War II, including family and individual portraits, passport photographs, the architecture of Los Angeles and Little Tokyo, parades in Little Tokyo, community groups and activities, the military, church and Buddhist temple groups, beauty queen contestants, women in kimonos, sporting events, weddings and funerals. Browse digitized materials.

Warren Furutani CollectionWarren Furutani was a civil rights activist and the first Asian Pacific Islander American to ever be elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education, and served as a member of the California State Assembly for the 55th District. The collection is comprised of legislative bills, awards, photographs, videos, campaign mail, newspaper articles, and constituent correspondence providing an in depth look at Furutani’s legislative activities during his tenure in the California State Senate.

Jim Matsuoka Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress Collection: includes flyers, newspaper clippings, organizational documents, agendas, publications, books, and other materials related to the Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR) organization, formally known as the National Coalition for Redress and Reparations, and one of its founding members, Jim Matsuoka. It also includes material related to the Little Tokyo People’s Rights Organization (LTPRO), Japanese Americans, Japanese Latin Americans, Little Tokyo, and incarceration camps.

 

Crystal City Japanese Peruvian Internees Letters: contains three letters written by Kiyoko and Yoshihiko Matsuura, Japanese Peruvians interned at the Crystal City internment camp in Texas, to their mother/grandmother, Kiyoko Noda, who remains in Lima, Peru. Browse digitized materials

Colonisation Japonaise au Perou: one photo album complied by a Japanese Peruvian family in which the photos depict the daily occurrences and the people of the Japanese Peruvian community from 1930 to 1950. Browse digitized materials

Yukio Mochizuki Collection: contains research materials on the Japanese Peruvian internment during World War II, which were collected by Yukio Mochizuki, a student at CSUDH. Included are correspondence, documents, newspaper articles, term papers, and photographs. The materials in the collection primarily relate to a World War II era U.S. government program to intern Japanese Latin Americans in the United States and contains personal documents belonging to Japanese Peruvian internees, primarily Manuel Ykari, a native-born Peruvian who eventually stayed in the United States and became a citizen. There are also an official report about the Japanese in Peru by John Emmerson, Second Secretary to the American Embassy in Peru during World War II, government memos, Warren Rucker's unpublished Masters’ Thesis on Japanese Peruvians, and newspaper articles from the 1940s-1980s. Browse digitized materials

  1. Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga Papers
  2. Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers 
  3. Atsushi Art Ishida Collection
  4. Blue Circles and Friends; Komai Family Slides
  5. Crystal City Japanese Peruvian Internees Letters
  6. Collection of Japanese American Community Organizations’ Publications
  7. Collection of Japanese Language School Textbooks
  8. Colonisation Japonaise au Perou
  9. CSU Nisei Diploma Project
  10. CSUDH Japanese Garden Material
  11. CSUDH Oral Histories
  12. Dale Ann Sato Collection
  13. Del Amo Estate Company Collection
  14. Donald Teruo Hata and Nadine Ishitani Hata Asian Pacific Studies Collection:
  1. Emma Lena Smith Diaries  
  2. Fred Bradford Manzanar Collection
  3. Gardena Japanese Cultural Show Photograph Albums
  4. Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
  5. George and Mitzi Naohara Papers
  6. George Nakano Family Papers 
  7. Gingo Tanaka Papers
  8. Girda Magazines
  9. Glenn M. Anderson Papers
  10. Heart Mountain Sentinel
  11. Henry Fukuhara Collection
  12. Henry Fukuhara Family Collection
  13. Henry Fukuhara Paint-Out Collection 
  14. Henry Y. Ikemoto Collection
  15. Hideyuki and Betty (Tanji) Takamori Family Papers
  16. Hiroshi Fukuwa Manzanar Diary
  17. Ikemi Family Photographs
  18. Ishibashi Family Collection
  19. Itsuhei Takano Camp Journal
  20. Iwasaki Family Photographs
  21. J. Ralph McFarling Collection
  22. James H. Osborne Nisei Collection
  23. Japanese American History Collection
  24. Jim and Eric Saito Family Collections
  25. Jim Matsuoka NCCR Collection
  26. Jimmy Fukuhara Manzanar Camp Collection
  27. Kawagoye Collection of Postcards
  28. Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Family Photographs
  29. Kiyoshi Uyekawa Family Papers
  30. Kobata Family Photographs
  31. Kuromi Photo Albums
  32. Kuwahara Family Papers
  33. Maeda Family Heart Mountain Photo Album
  34. Manzanar Photo Album
  35. Masajiro and Sugi Kotake Family Papers
  36. Masaru Fujiwara Collection
  37. Masumoto and Saito Family Photographs
  38. Mcfarling, J. Ralph Collection
  39. Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs
  40. Minidoka Incarceration Camp Photo Album
  41. Misao Okada Album
  42. Nanka Fukushima Kenjinkai Collection
  43. Nanka Miyagi Kenjinkai Collection
  44. Natsumeda Family Granada Camp Collection
  45. Ninomiya Exhibit Collection
  46. Ninomiya Studio Collection
  47. Nisei Week Programs
  48. Okine Family Papers  ​
  49. Owen M. Sylvester Tule Lake Photograph Collection​
  50. Paul Junji Toshima Collection
  51. Rancho San Pedro Collection
  52. Roy Y. Nakano NCCR
  53. Sakimoto Family Papers
  54. Santa Monica Nikkei Hall Records
  55. Southern California Gardeners Federation Records
  56. Sumi Family Manzanar Photographs
  57. Takahashi Family Collection
  58. Takano Family Papers
  59. Tazu Kawamoto Photo Album Collection 
  60. Ted Kihara Photograph Collection
  61. Terminal Island: an Island in Time
  62. Terminal Island/Port of Los Angeles
  63. Tomoji Wada Family Papers
  64. Toshio Oku Photo Album
  65. Tsugitada Kanamori Collection​
  66. Tsuyoshi Roy Nakai Collection
  67. Udo and Takami Family Papers
  68. Virginia B. Lowers Collection
  69. Warren Furutani Collection
  70. Yetsuko Kiyomi Photo Album
  71. Yoneguma Takahashi Photo Album
  72. Wada Family Photographs

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Barracks and watchtower, Granada, ColoradoCalifornia State University Japanese American Digitization Project (CSUJAD)provides access to digital collection generated by a consortium of California State University Archives, and expanding group of partners from other institutional archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage organizations, including documents, oral histories, photographs, and other archival materials relating to the history of Japanese Americans.

Gripsholm Exchanges: contains a manuscript/memoir written by Atsushi Archi Miyamoto on the diplomatic exchanges between the United States and Japan (1942-1943) known as The Gripsholm Exchanges. This document reflects upon and shares personal hardships experienced by detainees during World War II.