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Yamano Japanese Internment Collection

Identifier: H-Mss-1049

  • Staff Only

Scope and content note

The Yamano Japanese Internment collection contains materials pertaining to Japanese American internment during World War II and life of Japanese Americans during this time period. Materials in this collection range from photographs of internment camps, like Granada War Relocation Center, automobiles, Sumo wrestling, and of friends and family. There are also documents from the internment process, like receipts, correspondence, and letters allowing for the release from Japanese internment. There are also several portraits of families, unidentified individuals, school classes, and events such as funerals.


  • 1904-2014 and undated


Language of materials

Materials are primarily in English, some materials in Japanese.


This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biographical/ Historical note

Matsuzo and Sakae Yamano were born in Japan in the early 20th century and immigrated to the United States in the 1920’s and 1930’s to Oakdale, California. Sakea worked as a seamstress, while Matsuzo worked in a sawmill. The Yamanos were then interned in Granada Relocation Center and then moved to Tule Lake Relocation Center during World War II. They were interned until 1946.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 document box)


The Yamano Japanese Internment collection contains materials pertaining to the life of Japanese Americans before, during, and after World War II. Many of the materials in the collection document their time in relocation and internment facilities. Sakae and Matsuzo Yamano emigrated from Japan to California in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They were interned at Granada Relocation Center and Tule Lake Relocation Center during World War II and remained interned until 1946. The collection contains photographs of family and friends, documents from internment facilities, and family portraits.


This collection has been arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased, 2013.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Related material

Related materials providing information on Japanese American Internment may be found in the following collections in the Honnold/ Mudd Library Special Collections:

•H.Mss.0926, War Relocation Authority Records

•H.Mss.1047, Kruska Japanese Internment Collection

•H.Mss.1048, Kenzo Robert Koike Papers

•H.Mss.1052, Ken Tamura Papers H.Mss.1052

Processing information

Processed by Phoebe Huth in 2014 in the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS), with assistance from Lisa Crane. In order to process this collection, photographs were placed in mylar sleeves for preservation. In addition, photographs in frames were taken out of their frames, placed in mylar sleeves, and the frames were discarded.


Guide to the Yamano Japanese Internment Collection
Phoebe Huth, CCEPS Fellow, Fall 2014
© 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States