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Title Diary of Shigezo Iwata
Author Iwata, Shigezo
Date 1943
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSS 53, Box 2, Folder 20
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description The diary of Shigezo Iwata, kept during his internment in 1943. The diary records his daily routine, which included various jobs such as working at the hospital, writing and receiving letters from his wife, and playing basketball and mah-jong with the other prisoners. The memoranda pages also contain a short description of his arrest and transportation to Lordsburg in 1942.
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
Places Lordsburg, Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Nationality Japanese; American
People Iwata, Shigezo
Keywords internment camp, war, First World WarI, prisoner, sport, religion, church, parole
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English; Japanese
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania