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Register of the Yoshikawa Family Collection, 1937-1947
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Description
The Yoshikawa Family Collection consists chiefly of: family correspondence (1937-1947); Rohwer Relocation Center schoolwork and other memorabilia (1942-1945); and, photographs---many taken by Richard Shizuo Yoshikawa---of Rohwer Relocation Center, friends and clients in New York and elsewhere.
Background
Nisuke Yoshikawa (1888-1977) probably came to San Joaquin County (Calif.) before World War I. In the years between the two wars he worked in Stockton as a barber. Sometime before 1920 he married Misako Nakamura and they had five children: Richard Shizuo (b. 1920); Edward Fumio (b. 1922); Amy Emikio (b. 1930); Tadao (b. 1935); and Yukio (b. 1935?). The eldest son, Richard, became a professional photographer in Stockton and was later a San Joaquin County Supervisor. He was studying at a Los Angeles photography school at the the outbreak of World War II and was able to move to New York City, where he continued his studies at the School of Modern Photography (1943-1944). Second son, Edward Fumio, was a pre-engineering student at Stockton Junior College in 1942. He entered the U.S. Army when Nisei were allowed to do so. Amy Emikio spent World War II as a high school student in Rohwer (Ark.) Relocation Center with her parents and younger brothers, Tadao and Yukio. Following the War the elder Yoshikawas and all of their children returned to Stockton.
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Collection is open for research.