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Japanese American/Peruvian Collections

A guide for archival materials on the history of Japanese Americans and Japanese Peruvians

Welcome to Japanese American/Peruvian Collections Guide

This guide directs users to archive materials pertaining to the history of people of the Japanese ancestry in the United States and Peru held at CSU Dominguez Hills University Library Archives and Special Collections. The guide lists collections in five categories: (1) Japanese American Incarceration; (2) Japanese American Military Experience; (3) Early Settlement and California’s Alien Land Act; (4) Post World War II; and (5) Japanese Peruvian Internment, and provides links to finding aides and digitized collections. 

Japanese American Incarceration

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

Henry Fukuhara Paint-Out Collection: contains photographs and notes from Henry Fukuhara’s Manzanar Workshops in which he painted for and instructed other painters on his watercolor techniques. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

James H. Osborne Nisei Collection: contains correspondence between the Terada family, incarcerees in the Rohwer incarceration camp, McGehee Arkansas, and the Thomas family in Lawndale, California, and photographs taken during the incarceration. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

J. Ralph McFarling Collection: contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling documenting the Amache incarceration 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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Naohara Family Papers: consist of photo albums, scrapbook, and documents pertaining to the Naohara family, including Kibei Nisei husband, Nisei wife, and Issei parents, who were incarcerated in the camps during World War II. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Okine Collection: includes correspondence, photographs, and financial documents of Issei flower growers in California, who were forced to evacuate and incarcerated in the camp during the war. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD. ​

Owen M. Sylvester Tule Lake Photograph Collection​: contains photographs 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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Takano Family Papers: consist of correspondence, photographs, camp newspapers, yearbooks and other documents, covering from prewar through post-war, including the period of the forced evacuation and incarceration during the war and the redress movement in 1980s. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Tazu Kawamoto Photo Album Collection: one photo album including photographs taken inside the Gila River incarceration camp in Arizona, and a photograph of dentists at the Rivers Community Hospital. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

Toshio Oku Photo Album: a collection of Tule Lake incarceration camp photos. The album includes photos of a fire, the Electrical Department, and the print shop of the Newell Star. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Tsugitada Kanamori Collection​: contains correspondence, memorandums, and other material regarding Kanamori’s life during and directly after World War II. The collection details Kanamori’s efforts to cancel his renunciation and reinstate his American citizenship. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Japanese American Military Experience

Henry Ikemoto Collection: documents the participation of Japanese American soldiers in WWII as part of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. The collection includes letters and photographs depicting the daily lives of Japanese American soldiers in Italy, 1944. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Okine Collection: 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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

Naohara Family Papers: contains photographs of George Naohara, a Kibei Nisei soldier, during his time in the U.S Army Language School and the Korean War. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

Ted Kihara Photograph Collection: contains 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.

Early Settlement and California’s Alien Land Act

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.

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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD

Post World War II

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 traditional Japanese clothing, sporting events, weddings and funerals. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

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.

Japanese Peruvian Internment

Collection of Crystal City Japanese Peruvian Internees Letters: contains letters written by a Japanese Peruvian family interned at the Crystal City internment camp, Texas, to their mother/grandmother who remained in Lima, Peru. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

Colonisation Japonaise au Perou: a photo album depicts the lives of the Japanese Peruvians in 1930-1950. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.

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. Digitized items are available at CSUJAD.