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Title Correspondence With Friends and Associates
Date 1942-1945
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 53, Box 2, Folder 14
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description Postcards and letters to the Iwata family, relating news of friends and family before Shigezo was taken into custody.
Series Description The collection contains letters between the Iwatas and their friends detailing life in the relocation centre and the internment camp. There are also personal documents and biographical materials.
Biographical Note / History Shigezo Iwata was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States in 1924. Sonoko U. Iwata was born in Los Angeles. The couple made their home in Thermal, California where they farmed and Shigezo was secretary of the Thermal Farmers' Cooperative Association. Separated in the initial part of World War II when Shigezo was arrested and detained by the FBI at the Lordsburg Internment Camp (New Mexico), the Iwatas were reunited in 1943 at the Colorado River Relocation Centre near Poston, Arizona.
Theme(s) Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Places New York City, New York, Thermal, California, United States
Nationality Japanese
People Iwata, Sonoko; Iwata, Shigezo
Keywords family, war, religion
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
Document(s) linked to Correspondence Regarding Shigezo Iwata's Release to Poston Evacuation Camp
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania