Finding aid of the Frank Nakata Collection

Michael Wurtz
Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
University of the Pacific Library
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211
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URL: http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections.html
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University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Finding aid of the Frank Nakata Collection

Collection number: MSS 322

Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections

University of the Pacific Library

Stockton, California
Processed by:
Michael Wurtz
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Michael Wurtz
© 2008 University of the Pacific. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Frank Nakata collection
Dates: 1940 -1947
Collection number: MSS 322
Collector: Nakata, Frank
Creator: Oye, Wataru
Collection Size: .25 linear feet
Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
Stockton, California 95211
Abstract: Many of the almost 50 letters are in Japanese and many, but not all, of those have been translated. There are letters from other Relocation Camps in Topaz, Utah; Granada, Colorado (Amache); and Newell, California (Tule Lake). Other locations include: Fort Riley, Kansas and Brigham City, Utah.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Preferred Citation

Frank Nakata collection. MSS 322. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

Biography / Administrative History

Frank M. Nakata appears to have lived in Windsor, California (near Santa Rosa) in 1940 and was briefly in the Pomona Assembly Center before being moved to Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Ralston, Wyoming. He likely returned to San Francisco in 1945. Many of the letters in this collection come from his nephew Wataru Oye (1912-2001). According to his biography (http://www.wataruoye.com/Bio.html), Oye was in San Francisco when World War II started. He was drafted, and trained at Camp Phillips, Kansas. Oye later fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. He was discharged in late 1945 and studied art at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. All of Oye's letters in this collection come from his times in Kansas. Other identifiable letter writers include: Sadako Arima, Mitsuko Kawashima, Eiko Arima, Eili Uchida, George and Kishiko Hoshide, and Yoshiko Kanashiro. Frequently, letter writers to Nakata would ask about a Mr. Sakaguchi.

Scope and Content of Collection

Many of the almost 50 letters are in Japanese and many, but not all, of those have been translated. There are letters from other Relocation Camps in Topaz, Utah; Granada, Colorado (Amache); and Newell, California (Tule Lake). Other locations include: Fort Riley, Kansas and Brigham City, Utah. There is also a Japanese Tulean Dispatch from June 22, 1943 that has been translated as well as information from the Tule Lake Union Church.
Generally, the letters describe camp life at the Relocation Centers. Weather and lack of things to do are the most common topics. The writers occasionally wonder about individuals that they have not seen since before relocation. Wataru Oye's letters illustrate the life of a Japanese-American soldier stationed in Kansas during World War II.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Tule Lake Relocation Center (Calif.)
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation. 1942-1945


Container List

 

1.1: 1940-42 letters

 

1.2: January – May 1943 letters

 

1.3: June – December 1943 letters

 

1.4: 1944 letters

 

1.5: 1945 letters

 

1.6: 1946-47 and undated letters

 

1.7: Envelopes (photocopies)