Guide to the Harry Y. Ueno Papers, 1912-1997

Processed by Jane Cho; machine-readable finding aid created by Steven Mandeville-Gamble.
Department of Special Collections
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Stanford University Libraries
Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Harry Y. Ueno Papers, 1912-1997

Collection number: M0930

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

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  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
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Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2002 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ueno, Harry Y. (Harry Yoshio), 1907- . Papers ,
Date (inclusive): 1912-1997
Collection number: M0930
Creator: Ueno, Harry Y. (Harry Yoshio), 1907-
Extent: 1.5 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Abstract: Papers relating to the Harry Ueno's internment at Camp Manzanar in 1942. Includes correspondence, clippings, and oral history interview.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions


Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Harry Yoshio Ueno, 1997.

Preferred Citation

Harry Y. Ueno Papers. M0930. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


During World War II, approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans were deemed a national security threat and placed in internment camps. Contrary to common belief, Japanese Americans protested against their involuntary confinement. The Manzanar Riot is among the most renowned examples of internee resistance and Harry Ueno played a central role in it. Harry Ueno was born on April 14, 1907 in Hawaii. When he was eight years old, he was taken to Hiroshima, Japan, to be educated. Afler graduating from the Kuba City grammar school and attending a trade school in Tokyo for nearly a year, he returned to the United States in 1923. He held various positions in Washington and northern California before moving to Los Angeles in 1931. In Los Angeles, he and his wife, Yaso, had three children. Harry Ueno was employed as a salesman for retail fruits and vegetables until the evacuation. The Ueno family was evacuated to Manzanar. A few months into his internment, he initiated the investigation of the sugar and beef shortage, and organized 1,600 kitchen workers into Mess Hall Workers Union. On December 5, 1942, Tayama, a JACL (Japanese American Citizen's League) leader in Manzanar, was severely beaten by masked internees. Although Ueno was arrested for this incident, he was not charged or given a trial. The internees in Manzanar congregated in front of Ueno's jail cell demanding his release. Ueno was the veritable folk hero, the martyr of Manzanar, around whom the internees marched. The riot ended with eight internees wounded and two killed. Ueno along with other camp leaders were removed to isolation centers where they were cut off from all contact. It was not until nearly a year later, that he would see his family again. With the war's end, the Ueno family resettled in northern California and began a cherry and strawberry farm. Harry Ueno is now retired, and is an act!ve member and supporter of the Japanese American community and its related research.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The Harry Ueno Collection consists of 2 linear feet of original and photocopied manuscript materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Much of the Japanese-language materials were kept as they were found when the collection first arrived at Stanford University Libraries. However, most of the English-language manuscripts have been rearranged into six series or topics for easier access to materials. The war-time diaries of Harry Ueno, Yaso Ueno, and Masunaka are valuable parts of this collection. Harry Ueno's Japanese language diary have been re-arranged by the organizer in a chronological order. Also unique to this collection, is Ueno's handwritten record and member lists of the Manzanar Mess Hall Union lists found in Box 1. Series 2, containing newspaper clippings, will be especially helpful for scholars working with redress and reparation. Lastly, many of the government documents are missing pages and may be hard to follow.

Access Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bendetsen, Karl R.
Hayakawa, S.I. (Samuel Ichiyâe), 1906-
Hohri, William Minoru, 1927-
Kurihara, Joseph Y.
Myer, Dillon S. (Dillon Seymour), 1891-
Ueno, Yasoko.
Welgyn, Michi.
Japanese American Citizens' League.
Japanese American Citizens' League. National Committee for.
National Council for Japanese American Redress.
United States. War Relocation Authority.
Concentration camps--United States.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Evacuation of civilians.
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans.
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American.
Manzanar (Calif.)
Manzanar National Historic Site (Calif.)
Manzanar War Relocation Center.

Collection Contents


Series 1. Writings from the Camp and Published Journal Articles

Box 1, Folder 1

Ueno's Diaryn.a.

Box 1, Folder 2

Handwritten Japanese-languaged documentsn.a.

Box 1, Folder 3

Manzanar Mess Hall Union (member signatures and notes) n.a.

Box 1, Folder 4

JACL Manzanar Reportn.a.

Box 1, Folder 5

Published Journal Articles1977-1993


Series 2. Newspaper Clippings

Box 2, Folder 1

Harry Ueno and related articlesn.a.

Box 2, Folder 2

"Jap Evacuees Camp Kit Results in Martial Law"12/7/42

Box 2, Folder 3

World War Il - military1942-1989

Box 2, Folder 4

Japanese American soldiersn.a.

Box 2, Folder 5

Redress and Reparation

Box 2, Folder 6

Redress and Reparation

Box 2, Folder 7


Box 2, Folder 8


Box 2, Folder 9


Box 2, Folder 10


Box 2, Folder 11


Box 2, Folder 12

Internment Experience and Reflections

Box 2, Folder 13

Legal - debates, hearings, bills

Box 2, Folder 14


Box 2, Folder 15


Box 2, Folder 16


Box 2, Folder 17

Day of Remembrance

Box 2, Folder 18

Tokyo Rose

Box 2, Folder 19

Articles Honoring Individuals

Box 2, Folder 20

Internment Related Works and Research

Box 2, Folder 21

Japanese American Artists and their works

Box 2, Folder 22

Tozai Times

Box 2, Folder 23

Various newspaper sections

Box 2, Folder 24

Japanese-languaged articles

Box 2, Folder 25

Vincent Chin

Box 2, Folder 26

Miscellaneous articles


Series 3. Government Documents

Box 3, Folder 1

Ueno, Harry

Box 3, Folder 2

Kurihara, Joe

Box 3, Folder 3

Masaoka, Joe and Mike

Box 3, Folder 4

Corn to/from Karl R. Bendetsen1942-1943

Box 3, Folder 5

Corn to/from Dillon S. Myer1943

Box 3, Folder 6

Jerome5/28/43 "Interview with Reverend Kunishichi Iwori and Reverend Hideo Hashimoto"

Box 3, Folder 7


Box 3, Folder 8

Lone Pine Jail12/12/42

Box 3, Folder 9


Box 3, Folder 10

Manzanar Riot1942-1943

Box 3, Folder 11


Box 3, Folder 12


Box 3, Folder 13

Tule Lake

Box 3, Folder 14

Dept. of Justice - misc.

Box 3, Folder 15


Box 3, Folder 16


Box 3, Folder 17

Navy Intelligence

Box 3, Folder 18


Box 3, Folder 19

"Unknown Person Report the Manzanar Incident"12/16/42

Box 3, Folder 20

WRA - misc.

Box 3, Folder 21



Series 4. Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 1

Personal Correspondence

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Clements, Len ; Cook, Christopher ; Crouch, Tom ; Embrey, Sue K. ; Eto, Shinkichi ; Fugita, Steve ; Hayakawa, S. I. ; Herzig, Jack and Aiko ; Hobri, William ; Komuri, Yoshihisa ; Lim, Deborah ; Lin, Che-Hwei ; Machak, Frank ; Okihiro, Gary Y. ; Omura, James M. ; Tateishi, John ; Uyeda, Clifford I. ; Weglyn, Michi ; Yamada, George ; Yamasaki, Jennie
Box 4, Folder 2

Correspondence from Harry Ueno to Yasoko Ueno1943

Box 4, Folder 3

Correspondence from Art Hansen to Harry Ueno1982-1996

Box 4, Folder 4

Corr. from Art Hansen, not to Harry Ueno1985-1993

Box 4, Folder 5

Corn from Nakagawa, Mitsuo1943-1944

Box 4, Folder 6

Corr. to/from Tamura, Eileen H.1992-1997

Box 4, Folder 7

Corn not to/from Ueno1972-1997

Box 4, Folder 8

1940s Corr.1942-1943


Series 5. Miscellaneous Writings

Box 4, Folder 9

Writings on/about Harry Ueno

Box 4, Folder 10

Manzanar Martyr specific materials

Box 4, Folder 11

Yaso(ko) Ueno Diary1942-1943

Box 4, Folder 12

Masunaka Diary1942-1943

Box 4, Folder 13

Ishihara, Shintaro Interview

Box 4, Folder 14

Kurihara, Joe Y.

Box 4, Folder 15

Myer, Dillon

Box 4, Folder 16

Weglyn, Michi's commencement speech given at Pomona College

Box 4, Folder 17

"A private report on the incident of Dec. 6, 1942" / by Koichi Tsuji

Box 4, Folder 18

Draft Resisters

Box 4, Folder 19

Fair Practice Committee (Manzanar)

Box 4, Folder 20

Hayakawa testimony before Subcommittee1986

Box 4, Folder 21


Box 4, Folder 22

Legal representation of Japanese Americans

Box 4, Folder 23

List of names at Tule Lake1943

Box 4, Folder 24

Lone Pine County Jail inmate signatures1943

Box 4, Folder 25

Miscellaneous handwritten notes

Box 4, Folder 26

California Journal11/1986

Box 4, Folder 27

Epistolarian by William Hohri

Box 4, Folder 28

Manzanar Reunion by William Hohri

Box 4, Folder 29

Nikkei Heritage1992

Box 4, Folder 30

"Segregator" by Richard Drinnon

Box 4, Folder 31

Tule Lake Pilgrimage1991

Box 4, Folder 32


Box 4, Folder 33

Manzanar during war time

Box 4, Folder 34

Manzanar National Historic Site

Box 4, Folder 35

National Council for Japanese American Redress

Box 4, Folder 36

Japanese American Historical Encyclopedia headwords1991

Box 4, Folder 37

Informational Flyers and Letters

Box 4, Folder 38

UCLA Archive


Series 6. Photographs

Box 4, Folder 39