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Title Sonoko Iwata to Shigezo Iwata Regarding Preparing for Evacuation
Author Iwata, Sonoko U (1911-2004)
Date 1 Apr 1942
Document Type Correspondence
Reference MSS 53, Box 1, Folder 12
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description Sonoko tells Shigezo about packing up for evacuation, trying to decide what to take and what to leave behind. Says she has sent him her fountain pen and hopes to hear from him soon as she has not had letters for a while.
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 Thermal, California, United States
Nationality Japanese
People Iwata, Sonoko U (1911-2004); Iwata, Shigezo (1900-1986)
Keywords family, marriage, children, Second World War, internment
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English
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