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Title Certificate of Identification for Shigezo Iwata
Date 6 Feb 1942
Document Type Legal Papers
Reference MSS 53, Box 2, Folder 17
Library / Archive Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Collection Name Shigezo and Sonoko Iwata Papers, 1942-1991
Description Identification papers issued to Shizego Iwata in February 1942 after his internment, officially registering him as an alien enemy.
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 Los Angeles, Thermal, California, United States
Nationality Japanese
People Iwata, Shigezo
Keywords internment camp, alien enemy, evacuation, war, First World War
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 List of Internees in Barrack 19 at the Santa Fe Internment Camp
Copyright Historical Society of Pennsylvania