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Ken Tamura Papers

 Collection
Identifier: H-Mss-1052

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of a variety of materials from Ken Tamura’s life. Photographs include a portrait, school photographs, people on vacation, a football game, and people saying good-bye on a train. This collection also contains a photograph album of a child growing up which includes birthday cards, photographs of people in Japanese American internment camps, such as Tule Lake and Rohwer Relocation Center, and photographs of friends and family. Lastly, this collection contains a letter about the creation of Japanese tea from Griggs, Cooper, and Company.

Dates

  • 1893-2014

Creator

Language of materials

Materials are in English and some Japanese.

Access

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 Information

Ken Tamura was a 2nd generation Japanese American born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, in 1923, where he attended elementary, middle, and high school. His family visited Japan in 1939 and then moved to Los Angeles in 1940. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, his family was sent to a relocation center in Pomona, and then relocated to Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming. In 1942, an old friend was able to sponsor Ken Tamura to leave the internment facility, and he moved to Chicago. However, in 1944, he was drafted by the United States Army into a Nisei regiment, which was sent to France to fight. At the end of World War II, he was forced to continue his service in the military in Japan, serving as a translator. By the end of 1945, he was finally discharged and moved back to Chicago, where he lived with his family.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet (1 document box + 1 oversized folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of a variety of materials from Ken Tamura’s life. Ken Tamura was 2nd generation Japanese American born in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, in 1923. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, his family was sent to a relocation center in Pomona (California), and then relocated to Heart Mountain internment camp in Wyoming. In 1942, an old friend was able to sponsor Ken Tamura to leave the internment facility, and he moved to Chicago. In 1944, he was drafted by the United States Army into a Nisei regiment, which was sent to France to fight. At the end of World War II, he was forced to continue his service in the military in Japan, serving as a translator. This collection has a photograph album of a child growing up including birthday cards, photographs of people in Japanese American internment camps, such as Tule Lake and Rohwer Relocation Center, and photographs of friends and family. The collection also contains a letter about the creation of Japanese tea from Griggs, Cooper, and Company.

Arrangement

Items are arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased, 2013.

Accruals

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.1048, Kenzo Robert Koike Papers

•H.Mss.1049, Yamano Japanese Internment Collection

•H.Mss.1047, Kruska Japanese Internment Collection

Processing Information

Processed by Phoebe Huth in 2014 in the Claremont Center for Engagement with Primary Sources (CCEPS), with assistance from Lisa Crane. Photographs were placed in mylar sleeving. A photograph album was disbound and the pages were placed in mylar sleeves.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Ken Tamura Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Phoebe Huth, CCEPS Fellow, Fall 2014
Date
© 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

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

Contact:
800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States