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Title Correspondence With Friends and Associates
Date 1 Jun 1942 - 27 May 1945
Document Type Correspondence; Manuscript
Reference MSS 53, Box 2, Folder 13
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description Letters to Iwata family from family and friends, largely in English with some letters in Japanese. Some of the Japanese letters have been loosely translated. Most letters are from friends and family sharing news and wishing the family well in a difficult time, and explaining how the have been effected by the evacuation.
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 Postern, Arizona, Lordsburg, New Mexico, Thermal, Pomona, California, Ogden, Utah, Montana, Oklahoma, United States
Nationality Japanese
People Iwata, Sonoko; Iwata, Shigezo
Keywords family, war, religion, death, health, sickness, birth, evacuation, relocation, internment camp, curfew, labour, hospital, police, work
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania catalogue.
Language English; Japanese
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Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania