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Katano Family Papers
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The majority of the collection consists of correspondence sent to the Katano family while they were interred at the Manzanar War Relocation Center from 1942 to 1945. Many of the letters were sent to Tomeko Dorothy Katano, who was at Manzanar from ages 19-22.
Takaichi “Frank” Katano (b.1886) and Kazue “Mary” Katano (b.1902) were natives of Japan who settled in Los Angeles. Takaichi was trained in hotel management and Kazue was an amateur dressmaker. Their daughter Tameko “Dorothy” Katano (b.1923) graduated from high school and was working as a sales clerk in the early 1940s. In 1942 the family, along with sons Yasunari Katano (b.1927), possibly called George, and Kanya Katano (b.1930), was sent to the Manzanar War Relocation Center. The elder Katanos, Tameko, and probably Kanya were still in the camp as of June 1945, although by July 1945 Tameko was planning a trip to New York. Yasumani lived in Iowa from July 1944 and attended Central College in Pella, Iowa.
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