Arthur Ito papers

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Arthur Ito papers
Inclusive Dates: 1915-2016
Collection Number: mssIto
Collector: Ito, Arthur T., 1918-2006
Extent: 52 boxes and 3 oversize folders
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: The Arthur Ito papers consist of material related to his early life in Mexico, service in the World War II, and career in the floral industry.
Language of Material: The records are in English and Japanese.

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Preferred Citation

Arthur Ito papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Acquisition Information

Gift of James A. Ito and Paul N. Coman, November 2016.

Biography

Ito family: Yoshimasa Ito (1881-1965) was born with the surname "Oye," but adopted his wife, Fumiyo Ito's (1885-1933) surname to continue the family name. Both were from the Tottori Prefecture, Japan. In 1902, Yoshimasa arrived in America to avoid being drafted in the Japanese army. He worked for Standard Oil Company and, later, Vernon Basket Company. In 1916, he married Fumiyo Ito, who recently arrived in the United States. The couple had three children: Arthur Tadashi (1918-2006), Thomas Kiyoshi (1919-2016), and Paul Susumu (1922-1989).
In 1925, Yoshimasa decided to move his family to Mexico where they settled on a 300-acre Hacienda called "El Rancho de Los Naranjas," in Colima, Mexico. After the death of Fumiyo in 1933, the Ito family dispersed. Yoshimasa and Paul moved back to Japan, Thomas remained in Mexico, and eventually, returned to Los Angeles, California, where he met his brother, Arthur, who arrived earlier.
Arthur T. Ito met Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito in 1939. A couple of years later, he was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. As a graduate of the Military Intelligence Language School (MILS), Ito monitored Japanese communication, translated enemy intelligence documents, and interrogated Japanese prisoners. Ito proposed to Kuromi in 1942, and they married in Camp Grant, Illinois on February 14, 1943.
After the war, Ito was honorably discharged in October 1945. He returned to Los Angeles, California where he opened his first flower stand in March 1946. In 1962, Flower View Gardens broke ground in Hollywood, California. Flower View Gardens served many television shows and movies in Hollywood. Ito was the first chairman of the California State Florist Association and a member of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), Florists' Transworld Delivery Association (FTD), Society of American Florists (SAF), and the American Academy of Floriculture. In 1992, Ito was inducted into the Society of American Florists Hall of Fame.
Arthur and Aiko had two children: Arthur T. Ito, Jr. (1944-1987) and James A. Ito.
Kuromi family: A.H. (Andrew Harue) and Kiyo Kuromi were from the Shimane Prefecture, Japan and moved to America in the early 1900s. The Kuromis eventually settled in Hollywood, California where they joined another family member growing flowers on Los Feliz Boulevard. The couple had three children: Aiko (1919-2011), Isamu (1922-1996), and Hitoshi (1925-1970).
In 1939, the Kuromi family returned to Japan to visit an ailing family member. This was the same year Aiko met Arthur Tadashi Ito. A few years later, after the family returned to the U.S., Executive Order 9066 was signed and issued by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which led to mass evacuation and incarceration of the Japanese on the West coast. The Kuromi family was incarcerated at the Santa Anita Racetrack Assembly Center, while the Gila River Relocation Center in Gila, Arizona was completed.
When the war ended, Aiko returned with Arthur to re-establish Flower View Gardens. At the store, Aiko was considered the "face" of the shop and the "glue," which held everything together (Box 22 , Folder 4). She supported and accompanied Arthur as his political career in the floral industry progressed.
After 55 years in the floral industry, Arthur and Aiko were looking to retire. Flower View Gardens was sold to Gerald Stevens Company in April 2000. Unfortunately, the stock value of Gerald Stevens began to decline and the store operation was closed in August 2001.

Scope and Content

The Arthur T. Ito papers is organized roughly into four chronological series. Series 1: 1915-1941; Series 2: 1941-1945; Series 3: 1945-2016; and Series 4: A/V and oversize.
Series 1: consists of early material related to the Ito and Kuromi family. While living in Mexico, Fumiyo Ito taught the children Japanese with books sent by relatives from Japan. They spoke Spanish and learned English by reading the Bible on Sundays. This was evident in three notebooks written by Ito in English, Japanese, and Spanish. Ito also translated one of his favorite books: "Robinson Crusoe" in 1934. There is a book written in Japanese related to Mexican Immigration in 1923. There are a few photographs of the Ito family in Mexico, including images of Fumiyo Ito's grave in Cuautitlan. Other photographs related to the Ito family include Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito at New Vernon Basket Company in 1916.
Material related to the Kuromi family primarily consists of souvenirs acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her visit to Japan from 1939 through 1941. While in Japan, Kuromi kept one diary where she observes the weather and details daily activities such as going to school, shopping, and cooking. There is material related to A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi's investment in the Nichi-Bei Investment Company, which entered a lease with the Yokohama Specie Bank in 1932. There are also photograph albums and photographs of the Kuromi family in Los Angeles, California and visit to Japan.
Series 2: consists of material between the time Arthur T. Ito was drafted into the United States Army in 1941 and discharge in October 1945. The bulk of the material in this series consists of letters between Ito and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito. These lengthy letters reveal a blossoming love story between two people miles apart. In an early letter written by Aiko at the store on October 10, 1941, she confesses "I'm really beginning to realize that I didn't appreciate a friend before, who was a swell pal and keen company...I miss the person who used to work so diligently emptying heavy baskets and who so willingly helped clean those heavy vases." After the Kuromi family was relocated in 1942, Aiko's descriptions about conforming to camp life are insightful. However, in one letter, she depicts a disorganized Wartime Civil Control Administration: "The unlogical part of it is that they are still going to sell food at the canteens -- yet, they prohibit food in barracks...Just a while ago, they brought in sacks of rice they confiscated" (May 15, 1942). In another type of camp, Ito details military camp life from: Camp Grant, Illinois; Camp Savage, Minnesota; Camp Blanding, Florida; and Camp Pinedale, California. Ito's Christian faith comes through in his letters to Aiko. In response to Executive Order 9066, Ito is hopeful: "Anyways, I do hope that, and know that, God is always with us, and where-ever the Government sees fit for all of you to go, for the protection of yourselves, things will turn out alright...let's all pray for the best" (March 15, 1942). In another poignant letter written after the birth of Arthur T. Ito, Jr. in 1944, he addresses his son, "Daddy is at the present time taking part in the greatest war the world has ever known. He is doing his part as a citizen of our country, the United States of America. It isn't exactly his choice to be out here, but in order that you may grow up into a world, which we hope will not have to use the force of arms to keep peace when you grow up, he is doing his part out here now," (April 17, 1945).
Other Ito material related to World War II includes two entries for Camp Grant, Illinois on December 30, 1942 and Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 4, 1943. Ito also kept a diary with brief entries in 1941. For example, on December 8, 1941, he writes, "This morning at 11:30, President Rossevelt [sic] asked Congress to declare war on Japan, and the bill was passed with a vote of 470 to 1. Japan and U.S. is at war. We all are in it now." There are military records, such applications and discharge papers, military books, and photographs. Ito also collected souvenirs, postcards, and menus from his travels around the country.
During the interment of the Kuromi family, Aiko frequently corresponded with accountants, attorneys, and other individuals regarding their property and storage. There is also a folder containing Aiko's request to transfer to Camp Grant, Illinois to join Ito; however, it was denied by the Santa Anita Assembly Center. Aiko also kept a record of expenses such as groceries and household supplies in a housebook from 1943 through 1945. She kept one diary with brief entries in 1943. There are a couple of photographs from the Gila River Relocation Center. Material related to claims and reparations is found in the Series 3.
Greeting cards also constitute a large part of this series. Many of them are undated; however, the cataloger assumes they were exchanged during this period. There are also family and wedding photographs of Ito and Aiko.
Series 3: primarily consists of Ito and Aiko's floral career after the war; however, there is some material related to World War, 1939-1945. There is correspondence related to the Kuromi family claims and reparations. There are also letters and legal documents related to A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi's investment in the Nichi-Bei building in Little Tokyo, which, unfortunately, was lost during the war. There is also printed ephemera related to the war and organizations such as Nisei Veterans and Go For Broke.
From 1966 through 2003, Ito kept a diary (mostly on a notepad) of his daily activities at Flower View Gardens and floral events around the world. There are also numerous clippings, photocopies, and photographs related to Flower View Gardens, Ito and Kuromi families, and the floral community. Some of these clippings are found in scrapbooks located elsewhere in the collection. Most of the photographs are related to the Florists' Transworld Delivery Association (FTD) events; however, there may be FTD related photographs in Box 35 (9) and Box 36 (1), but they were not easily discernible. The photographs in those boxes concern various demonstrations, arrangements, and floral organizations such as the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) and Society of American Florists (SAC). There may be some overlap between photographs related to Flower View Gardens, Kuromi family, and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito.
An item of interest may be Ito's childhood reminiscence Box 38 (3). He writes about his parents and adventures in Mexico. For instance, while clearing rocks with his brother Thomas, "We knew, and had been warned several times of the deadly ‘Alacran' (scorpion). Thom put his hand under a rock, and sure enough, here was a large scorpion...bit him in the index finger. My immediate reaction was to carry Tom back to the house for treatment, what I really should have done was to open a wound on his finger and suck the poison out..." (p. 20-21). Note: There is another reminiscence in the Series 1, Box 6 (17) that may have been written in 1935.
There is correspondence from Ito's father, Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito and brother, Paul Susumu Ito, primarily written in Japanese. There are also letters and postcards from friends and family in Mexico and Japan concerning family news and activities. Letters related to floral industry is found in correspondence, scrapbooks, and subject files. For example, e-mails related to Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association convention are included in the subject files.
Series 4: consists of oversize and audio/visual material. The A/V material includes audio cassettes, DVDs, and VHS. They primarily relate to Arthur T. Ito's floral career and Japanese Americans serving during World War II. There are also photograph albums, scrapbooks, rolled-objects, 3-D objects, and sketches for various floral design proposals.
Cataloger's notes:
• There may be some overlapping content related to the A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi's investment in Nichi-Bei Investment Company across Series 1, 2, and 3. The reason being his involvement began before World War II, he lost his investments during the war, and after the war, the family continued to deal with the aftermath of their lost.
• Many of the photograph albums and scrapbooks have loose contents and missing photographs.
• The scrapbooks in Boxes 38 and 39 were originally in binders, but the contents have been removed and rehoused in archival sleeves.

Arrangement

The Arthur Ito papers is organized roughly into four chronological series: Series 1: 1915-1941; Series 2: 1941-1945; Series 3: 1945-2016; and Series 4: A/V and oversize.

Indexing Terms

Personal Names

Ito, Aiko Alice (Kuromi)
Ito, Arthur T., 1918-2006
Ito, Yoshimasa (Oye)
Ito family
Kuromi family

Corporate Names

American Institute of Floral Designers
Florists' Transworld Delivery Association
Gila River Relocation Center
Military Intelligence Service Language School (U.S.)
Santa Anita Assembly Center (Calif.)
Society of American Florists
United States. War Relocation Authority
United States. War Department. Military Intelligence Service

Subjects

Cut flower industry
Cut flowers
Floriculture
Florists
Japanese American families
Japanese American soldiers
Japanese American veterans
Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans -- Reparations
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese American

Geographic Areas

California, Southern
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles (Calif.)

Genre

Clippings (information artifacts)
Diaries
Greeting cards
Letters (correspondence)
Photographs


CONTAINER LIST

 

Series 1: 1915-1941

Box 1

Address books - Bylaws

Folder 1

Address books -- Arthur T. Ito, (1935)

Es Propidad de Antonio Tadashi Ito
Included: Brief journal entries for March-April 1935 and notes
Folder 2

Bookkeeping registers -- Miscellaneous, (1934-1936)

Register for various businesses
Incomplete?
Item 3

Books -- Commemorative Issue. 2600th Anniversary. Yearbook and Directory, (1941)

Published by Rafu Shimpo. L.A. Japanese Daily News
Fragile
No folder
Folder 4

Books -- "Guide to Mexican Immigration," (1923)

In Japanese
Item 5

Bylaws (administrative records) -- Nichi-Bei Investment Company, (1932-1942)

Included: First meeting minutes, resolution, assignment of lease, and written consent of shareholders
No folder
Box 2

Cards - Diaries

Folder 1

Cards (information artifacts) -- A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi, (1916)

Medical Inspection Card, Port of Departure, Yokohama, Japan
Folder 2

Census records -- United States. Bureau of the Census, (1920)

Photocopies
Folder 3

Correspondence -- H.E. King letter to A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi, (1929, Mar. 30)

Related to William Mead estate
Folder 4

Diaries -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1940)

Folder 5

Diaries -- [Arthur T. Ito], (1929)

Photocopies
Folder 6

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1935)

In Japanese
Folder 7

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1936)

In Japanese
Folder 8

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1937-1938)

In Japanese
Folder 9

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1938)

In Japanese
Box 3

Diaries - Legal documents

Folder 1

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1939)

In Japanese
Folder 2

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1940)

In Japanese
Folder 3

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1941)

In Japanese
Folder 4

Financial records -- Kuromi family, (1921-1941)

Primarily New York Life Insurance receipts
Folder 5

Legal documents -- Re: Nichi-Bei Investment Company, (1933-1944)

Included: Stock certificates
Box 4

Negatives - Photograph albums

Folder 1

Negatives (photographs) -- Hash--? Ito, (1927)

Folder 2

Notebooks, [1930s]

Japanese language lessons
Folder 3

Notebooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1931-1932)

In English, Japanese, and Spanish
Folder 4

Notebooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1934)

In Japanese (3 notebooks)
Folder 5

Notebooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1935)

Libro de Curiosidades Propiedad Antonio T. Ito
Folder 6

Photograph albums -- Ito family, (1935-1939)

Fragile
Folder 7

Photograph albums -- Kuromi family, (1918-1926)

Included: Photographs of Kuromi family in flower field
Box 5

Photograph albums - Photographs

Folder 1

Photograph albums -- Kuromi family, (1939)

Trip to Japan
Folder 2

Photograph albums -- Kuromi family, (1939)

Primarily Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito and friends in Japan
Folder 3

Photographs -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1936-1939)

Junior and high school photographs
Folder 4

Photographs -- Arthur T. Ito, (1918-1937)

Box 6

Photographs - Reminiscences

Folder 1

Photographs -- Celebrities, (1938-1941)

Folder 2

Photographs -- Flower View Gardens, (1936)

Folder 3

Photographs -- Fumiyo Ito's grave, (1935)

Folder 4

Photographs -- Ikeda and Mochizuke families, [1940s?]

Folder 5

Photographs -- Ito family, (1918-1935)

Included: Arthur T. and [Paul S.] Ito on a horse with negative
Folder 6

Photographs -- [Kuromi family?], (1915)

Portraits
Folder 7

Photographs -- Kuromi family, (1926-1941)

Folder 8

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1934-1940)

Related to Mexico
Folder 9

Photographs -- New Vernon Basket Company, (1916)

Included: Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito
Folder 10

Photographs -- Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito, (1916-1936)

Folder 11

Postage stamps, (1940)

Eli Whitney, 1 cent (1 sheet) and Samuel F.B. Morse, 2 cents (1 sheet)
Folder 12

Postcards -- Tak Shiba to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1940)

Folder 13

Postcards -- To Arthur T. Ito, (1933-1940)

Folder 14

Promissory notes, (1931-1939)

Kuromi family
Folder 15

Records (documents) -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1919)

Los Angeles County (Calif.) Department of Health Services standard certificate of birth
Folder 16

Records (documents) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1925)

Los Angeles County (Calif.) Department of Health Services certified copy of local record and social security card
Folder 17

Reminiscences -- Growing Up in Mexico, 1926-1935, (1935)

Included: Handwritten and typewritten copies
Box 7

School yearbooks - Souvenirs

Folder 1

School yearbooks -- Hollywood High School, (1936)

Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito
Folder 2

School yearbooks -- Hollywood High School, (1937)

Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito
Folder 3

Souvenirs, (1938-1939)

Primarily related to Golden Gate International Exposition (1939-1940 : San Francisco, Calif.)
Folder 4

Souvenirs, [before 1930]

Travel stamps book
Folder 5

Souvenirs, [before 1930]

Travel stamps book
Folder 6

Souvenirs, [1930s]

Travel stamps book
Box 8

Souvenirs

Folder 1

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Folder 2

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Folder 3

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Folder 4

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Box 9

Souvenirs - Translations

Folder 1

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Folder 2

Souvenirs, [before 1942]

Possibly acquired by Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito during her travels in Japan from 1939-1941
Folder 3

Translations -- Robinson Crusoe, (1934)

Handwritten Spanish translation by Arthur T. Ito
 

Series 2: 1941-1945

Box 10

Address books - Books

Folder 1

Address books -- Arthur T. Ito, (1941-1944)

(3 address books)
Folder 2

Autograph albums, (1945)

Possibly belonged to Kuromi family member
In Japanese
Folder 3

Books -- The 442nd Combat Team presents The Album, (1943)

Folder 4

Books -- Army Song Book, (1941)

Compiled by The Adjutant General's Office in collaboration with The Library of Congress and published by order of the Secretary of War
Folder 5

Books -- Japan and the Japanese: A Military Power We Must Defeat A Pacific Problem We Must Solve by the Editors of Fortune, (1944)

The Infantry Journal
Folder 6

Books -- [Names of all Japanese residents at Gila River War Relocation Center], [1943]

Published by Gila News-Courier
Folder 7

Books -- A Prayer Book for Soldiers and Sailors, (1941)

Included: Daily Meditation; confirmation; baptism certificate
Folder 8

Certificates -- A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi, (1942)

United States. Department of Justice. Certificate of Identification
Box 11

Correspondence

Folder 1

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) letter to A.H. (Andrew Harue) and Kiyo Kuromi, (1943, Jan. 28)

Related to wedding plans
Folder 2

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, [1940s]

Folder 3

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1941)

Folder 4

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1942)

Folder 5

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1943)

Folder 6

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1944, Jan.-June)

Folder 7

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1944, July-Sep.)

Folder 8

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1944, Oct.-Dec.)

Folder 9

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1945, Jan.-May)

Box 12

Correspondence

Folder 1

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1945, July-Dec.)

Folder 2

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito and Mary Kuromi letters to and from Arthur J. Mullen, Attorney at Law, (1940-1945)

Folder 3

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to and from F.C. Bascom, Public Accountant and Consulting Cost Accountant, (1942-1945)

Folder 4

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to and from J. Marion Wright, Attorney at Law, (1942-1946)

Related to property and storage
Included: Agreement between A.H. (Andrew Harume) Kuromi and Kiyo Kuromi, first parties, and Franklin J. Ruedel, second party
Folder 5

Correspondence -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito letters to and from Santa Anita Assembly Center, (1942)

Request for Transfer
Folder 6

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1941-1942)

Folder 7

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943, Jan.-July)

Folder 8

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, Feb.-Apr.)

Box 13

Correspondence

Folder 1

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, May-June)

Folder 2

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, July-Aug.)

Folder 3

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, Sep.-Nov.)

Folder 4

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, Dec.)

Folder 5

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945, Jan.-Feb.)

Folder 6

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945, Mar.-May)

Box 14

Correspondence

Folder 1

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945, June-Aug.)

Folder 2

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945, Sep.-Oct.)

Folder 3

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945, Nov.-Dec.)

Folder 4

Correspondence -- Arthur T. Ito letters to Japan, (1940s)

Folder 5

Correspondence -- Letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1945)

Included: George I. Tanaka and T. Mochizuki
Folder 6

Correspondence -- Letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1942-1945)

Included: Jaime Llamas; Kaz Minami; Paulita [M.C.]; M. Hata; Minoru W. Okubo
Folder 7

Correspondence -- Re: Property storage and relocation, (1942-1945)

Included: Ernest K. Iwasaki; H.T. Ohara; William Mead Real Estate Company; New York Life Insurance Company; Colyear Van & Storage Company; Franklin J. Rueduel; United States. War Relocation Authority; O.B. Wilt, Transportation Property Officer
Folder 8

Correspondence -- Thomas K. Ito letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1944-1945)

Box 15

Diaries - Greeting cards

Folder 1

Diaries -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943)

Folder 2

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1942-1944)

Camp Grant, (Ill.)
Folder 3

Empty envelopes, [1940s]

Primarily letters from Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito to Arthur T. Ito were contained in these envelopes
Folder 4

Essays, [1940s]

Related to World War, 1939-1945
Folder 5

Excerpts -- Miscellaneous, (1942)

Included: "The Japanese civilian is tough and patient. He has always worked hard and eaten little. Now he works harder and eats less," Fortune Magazine; "Waste" by Hollywood Citizen News; Top page that reads, "How Long Can Japan Last?"
Folder 6

Financial records -- Bank of America, (1941-1942)

Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito's deposit book
Folder 7

Financial records -- Miscellaneous, (1941-1942)

Included: Lyon Van & Storage Co. charges; invoice; and a check
Folder 8

Greeting cards, [1940s]

Included: Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito Christmas greeting cards
Box 16

Greeting cards

Folder 1

Greeting cards, [1940s]

Folder 2

Greeting cards, [1940s]

Folder 3

Greeting cards, (1941)

Folder 4

Greeting cards, (1942)

Folder 5

Greeting cards, (1943)

Folder 6

Greeting cards, (1944)

Box 17

Greeting cards - Military records

Folder 1

Greeting cards, (1944)

Folder 2

Greeting cards, (1945)

Folder 3

Housebooks -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943-1945)

Various household expenses such as groceries, stamps, and soap
Folder 4

Invitations, (1944)

Folder 5

Legal documents -- Arthur T. Ito, (1944)

Power of Attorney; Last Will and Testament
Folder 6

Manuscripts -- Arthur T. Ito, (1942-1943)

Two entries: Camp Grant, Ill, Dec. 30, 1942 and Minneapolis, Minn., Jan. 4, 1943
Folder 7

Maps, [1940s]

Plot Plan of Santa Anita Center; Butte Community; A Cartograph of the University of Minnesota
Folder 8

Military records -- Arthur T. Ito, (1942-1945)

ASN 39165039 stencil; California. Veterans' Welfare Board Certificate of Eligibility; Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge; Identification Card - Enlisted Reserve Corps; discharge papers; memorandum; clearances; special orders; questionnaires; applications; certificates
Box 18

Negatives - Notes

Folder 1

Negatives (photographs) -- Arthur T. Ito, [1940s]

Folder 2

Notebooks, [1940s]

Japanese language lessons (7 notebooks)
Folder 3

Notebooks, [1940s]

Poems (3 notebooks)
Included: Loose pages
In Japanese
Folder 4

Notebooks, (1944)

Possibly belonged to Kuromi family member
In Japanese
Folder 5

Notebooks -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944)

In Japanese
Folder 6

Notes -- [Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito], (1942)

Related to sewing
Folder 7

Notes -- [Arthur T. Ito], (1942-1944)

Re: Army Cooks School; The Army of the United States; Communicate Diseases; Special Tabulation on Age Distribution of Evacuees at Relocation Centers on November 10, 1942
Included: Printed matter and smaller notebooks
Box 19

Notices - Photographs

Folder 1

Notices -- United States. War Relocation Authority, (1942)

Administrative notices; Proposed Agenda for Conference on Relocation and Post-War Plans
Folder 2

Orders (military records) -- Civilian Exclusion Order No. 11, (1942)

Headquarters Western Defense Command and Fourth Army, Presidio of San Francisco, California
Folder 3

Photographs -- Arthur T. Ito, [1940s]

Included: Family pictures
Folder 4

Photographs -- Arthur T. Ito and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943)

Wedding photographs
Included: My Bride's Book; Wedding Announcements; clippings; invitation; program; marriage certificate
Folder 5

Photographs -- Gila River Relocation Center, (1945)

Folder 6

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1908-1940s)

Included: Green Valley, 1908
Box 20

Playbills - Souvenirs

Folder 1

Playbills, [1940s]

Folder 2

Postcards, [1940s]

Blank
Folder 3

Postcards, [1940s]

Note: There are two postcards from 1936 and 1994, but they are attached to photocopies of postcards from the 1940s
Folder 4

Printed ephemera -- Medical Replacement Training Center (Camp Grant, Ill.), (1943)

Included: Thanksgiving Dinner menu, 1943; Medical Service with the Armored Division, Conference: S.O.P. (Instructional), Prepared by the Armored Force Surgeon
Folder 5

Printed ephemera -- United States. War Department. Military Intelligence Service, (1944)

Included: Graduation program, 1944; Baccalaureate Services, 1944
Folder 6

Recordisc -- Arthur T. Ito to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1944, Oct. 5)

Poor condition
Folder 7

Records (documents) -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1941-1942)

Los Angeles County (Calif.) Department of Health Services certified copy of local record, 1941; social security card
Folder 8

Souvenirs, [1940s]

Possibly acquired by Arthur T. Ito during his training with the United States Army
Box 21

Souvenirs - Textbooks

Folder 1

Souvenirs, [1940s]

Possibly acquired by Arthur T. Ito during his training with the United States Army
Folder 2

Souvenirs, [1940s]

Possibly acquired by Arthur T. Ito during his training with the United States Army
Folder 3

Telegrams -- To and from Arthur T. Ito and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943-1945)

Folder 4

Textbooks, [1940s]

Japanese poetry
 

Series 3: 1946-2016

Box 22

Account books - Books

Folder 1

Account books -- Market Purchases, (1946)

Various flower expenses
Folder 2

Account books -- MKT Purchase, (1947)

Various flower expenses
Folder 3

Appraisals (financial records) -- 124 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, California

Submitted by William W. Abelmann, M.A.I.
Folder 4

Biographies (documents) -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (2003)

Folder 5

Biographies (documents) -- Arthur T. Ito, (2006)

Folder 6

Biographies (documents) -- Kiyo Kuromi, (1967)

"This Is Your Life" beginning, "Born in Miho no seki - Shimane-ken, Japan May 8, 1899..."
Folder 7

Biographies (documents) -- Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito, [undated]

Biography written by Paul S. Ito for an anthropology of Southern California Tottori Kenjin
Folder 8

Booklets -- The Pacific War and Peace: Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Military Intelligence Service, (1991)

Folder 9

Books -- Americans, The Story of the 442d Combat Team by Orville C. Shirley, (1946)

Folder 10

Books -- An Eighteenth-Century Garland: The Flower and Fruit Arrangements of Colonial Williamsburg by Louise B. Fisher, (1951)

Box 23

Books

Folder 1

Books -- By the Hands of a Working Man: A Japanese Background A Mexican Childhood An American Life by Thomas K. Ito, with Tom Ito and Amy Bergstrom, (2002)

Item 2

Books -- Encyclopedia of Flowers by Makoto Zuma and Shunsuke Shiinoki, (2015)

No folder
Folder 3

Books -- Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart, (2007)

Folder 4

Books -- Gido to juntei by Kazutora Adachi, (1992)

Box 24

Books

Folder 1

Books -- Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say, (1993)

Folder 2

Books -- Hiroshima Under Atomic Bomb Attack by Shogo Nagaoka, (1965)

Folder 3

Books -- The Japanese of Los Angeles, 1869-1920 by William M. Mason and John A. McKinstry, (1969)

Contribution in History No. 1 Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History/A California Bicentennial Publication
Item 4

Books -- Kindai hyakunen Tottori-Ken hyakketsu den, (1970)

No folder
Folder 5

Books -- L.A. Japanese Language School Cooperative System, Inc. (1951)

Folder 6

Books -- The MISLS Album, (1946)

Military Intelligence Service Language School (U.S.)
Box 25

Books

Item 1

Books -- Mizokuchi choshi, (1973)

No folder
Folder 2

Books -- A Scent of Flowers: the history of the Southern California flower market, (2004)

Laid in: Post-its
Included: Order forms; notes related to Ito and Kuromi family mentioned in book
Folder 3

Books -- Shimane jurinden by Tameji Taniguchi, (1977)

Box 26

Books - Clippings

Folder 1

Books -- Southern California Gardens: An Illustrated History by Victoria Padilla, (1961)

Folder 2

Books -- The Story Behind the Flying Eight-Ball, [1946?]

Included: Eighth Radio Squadron Mobile by Yori Wada [photocopies]
Folder 3

Books -- World War II Memories by Leonard Zerlin, (1996)

Folder 4

Business cards -- Miscellaneous, [undated]

Folder 5

Calligraphy (visual works), [undated]

Folder 6

Certificates -- Certificate of Identification - Motion Pictures, (1955)

Included: Arthur K. Ito and James K. Ito
Folder 7

Certificates -- Arthur T. Ito, (1948-2002)

Certificate of Achievement; Certificate of Appreciation, California State Florists Association; Japanese American Citizens League certificate of membership
Folder 8

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1960-1990)

Included: Asahi Shimbun article about Ito brothers, "The Story of Arthur T. Ito and His Life in Mexico..." and photocopies
Box 27

Clippings

Folder 1

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1962-1995)

Related to various floral societies and events
Included: Photocopies
Folder 2

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1974-2003)

Related to Florist Transworld Delivery Association (FTD)
Included: Photocopies
Folder 3

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1989)

Included: Photocopies
In Japanese
Folder 4

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Arthur K. Ito, Jr., (1988)

"Tribute honors Arthur T. Ito Jr."
Photocopy
Folder 5

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Douglas Ito, (1992)

Photocopies
Folder 6

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Flower View Gardens, (1959-2004)

Included: Articles about Naomi Hirahara, A Scent of Flowers and photocopies
Folder 7

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Isamu Kuromi, (1996)

Obituary
Folder 8

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Korean War, 1950-1953, (1997)

"The Korean War: Bloody, Bitter, But Forgotten"
Folder 9

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Kuromi family, (1967-1980)

"This grandmother grows her own Mother's Day bouquets" and "Double Ceremony For Mrs. Kuromi"
Included: Photocopies
Folder 10

Clippings (information artifacts) -- Miscellaneous, (1966-2005)

Included: Photocopies
Box 28

Color slides - Correspondence

Folder 1

Color slides -- Arthur T. Ito, [1980s]

Related to floral events
Folder 2

Correspondence -- [H. Ikada] letters to Kiyo Kuromi, (1956-1957)

In Japanese
Folder 3

Correspondence -- Letters from Arthur and/or Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1986-2000)

Included: End of the year updates from Ito family
Folder 4

Correspondence -- Letters from Committee on Japanese American Evacuation Claims, (1955-1956)

Related to A.H. (Andrew Harue) and Kiyo Kuromi
Folder 5

Correspondence -- Letters from F.W. Kadletz & Co., (1946)

Related to Isamu Kuromi and Hitoshi Kuromi, minors
Included: Policy and rental statement
Folder 6

Correspondence -- Letters from Japan, [after 1945?]

There may be letters earlier than 1945
Included: Letters from "Haruko -----", "Miyako -----", "Yuriko", and "Junko"
Folder 7

Correspondence -- Letters from Japanese American Citizens League, (1953-1954)

Folder 8

Correspondence -- Letters from John Y. Maeno, Attorney at Law, (1946-1959)

Related to Kiyo Kuromi, Isamu Kuromi, Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, and Yokohama Specie Bank, Ltd.
Folder 9

Correspondence -- Letters from John Y. Meano, Attorney at Law, (1948-1959)

Related to Nichi-Bei Investment Company
Included: Letters from California. Franchise Tax Board
Folder 10

Correspondence -- Letters from Los Angeles County (Calif.). Department of Tax Collector, (1951-1959)

Folder 11

Correspondence -- Letters from New York Life Insurance and Trust Company and Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada, (1946)

Related to A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi's life insurance
Folder 12

Correspondence -- Letters from Paul S. Ito, (1961-1980)

Folder 13

Correspondence -- Letters from United States. Department of Justice, (1950-1951)

Related to claims filed by Kiyo Kuromi, Isamu Kuromi, and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito
Included: Blank forms
Box 29

Correspondence - Diaries

Folder 1

Correspondence -- Letters from Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito and/or Haruka Endo, (1948-1964)

Primarily in Japanese
Folder 2

Correspondence -- Letters to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1949-1998)

Folder 3

Correspondence -- Letters to Arthur T. Ito, (1946-2002)

Folder 4

Correspondence -- Letters to Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1947-2006)

Folder 5

Correspondence -- Letters to Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1967-2002?)

In Japanese
Folder 6

Correspondence -- Letters to Security First National Bank, (1965-1972)

Related to Promissory Note in favor of Carl H. Peine
Folder 7

Correspondence -- Miscellaneous, (1949-2002)

Included: The Japan Times, 2000; Joe Suski to Gordy -----, 2002; [Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito?] to "My dear Kayoko", 1949; Naoko Ohkochi to Jay Sudo, [undated];
Folder 8

Correspondence -- Miyo Owami letter to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1962)

In Japanese
Folder 9

Correspondence -- Paul S. Ito letter to "a person (who was going to publish a book of ‘History of famous people from Hino, Tottori Pref,'" (1980)

Related to Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito
Included: Letter from Mayumi Hashii to Arthur T. Ito, Aug. 21, 2005
Photocopies
Folder 10

Correspondence -- Re: Claims against Yokohama Specie Bank, Ltd., (1945-1956)

Included: California. State Banking Department; Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; Kiyo Kuromi; United States. Department of Justice; Yokohama Specie Bank, Ltd.
Folder 11

Correspondence -- Yoichi Ito letter to Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1980, Aug. 18)

Related to Ito family crest
Included: Photocopies of family crest
Folder 12

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1966)

"Mexico Trip, Wash. D.C. Seattle, Wash."
Folder 13

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1972)

"Grant Europe Spain Tour GAF 826 Brenden Tour"
Folder 14

Diaries -- [Arthur T. Ito?], (1977)

Note: The handwriting appears different from Ito's other diaries
Folder 15

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, Jan.-Mar.)

Included: Entries from Michigan; Japan; Illinois; Los Angeles (Calif.)
Folder 16

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, Mar.-May)

Included: Entries from Michigan; Los Angeles (Calif.); Delaware
Folder 17

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, May-June)

Los Angeles (Calif.); New York (N.Y.)
Folder 18

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, June-Aug.)

Included: Entries from Michigan; Texas; Los Angeles (Calif.); Vancouver (B.C.)
Box 30

Diaries - Financial records

Folder 1

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, Aug.-Sep.)

Included: Entries from Los Angeles (Calif.); Denmark; Norway
Folder 2

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1986, Sep.-Dec.)

Included: Entries from Stockholm (Sweden); Los Angeles (Calif.); Michigan (2 notebooks)
Folder 3

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1988)

"People to People Trip to Eastern Black Countries Sept. 1988"
Folder 4

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1989)

"Top 100 Meeting Quebec City"
Folder 5

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1991-1992)

"Japan Dec. - 1991, Seoul Korea Trip to Panama Canal Jan. 1992"
Folder 6

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1992)

"Trip to Spain"
Folder 7

Diaries -- Arthur T. Ito, (1997-2003)

"Cancun Mexico Tour of Meridad Yucatan...Paris France...Cairo Egypt...Interflora World Cup"
Included: Entries from Japan, 2003 and pages from China trip in 1998 (1 notebook and loose papers)
Folder 8

Financial records -- Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1946-1959)

Primarily related to investment securities
Included: Checkbook stubs for hospital and surgery payments; California-Western State Life Insurance Company Money Measurer and receipts
Folder 9

Financial records -- Isamu Kuromi, (1953)

Primarily related to lighting maintenance
Folder 10

Financial records -- Kiyo Kuromi, (1974-1980?)

Estate of Kiyo Kuromi
Included: Receipt from John Y. Maeno for $100 related to Kuromi estate
Box 31

Genealogies - Magazines

Folder 1

Genealogies -- Ito and Kuromi families, (2016)

Included: Correspondence and record on Kuromi family's ancestors
Folder 2

Genealogies -- Ito and Oye families, (2002)

Included: Pan Ocean Trading Co., Ltd with Ito arrival to U.S.A. date, occupation, and name of town
Folder 3

Greeting cards, (1953-2002)

Folder 4

Interviews -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1993)

Los Angeles Public Library Shades of L.A. Interview Project Transcribed Excerpts
Interview may be found here 
Folder 5

Invitations, (2002-2003)

Included: Woodinville High School, 2002; "Las Floristas a la Mode", 2003
Folder 6

Legal documents -- Re: Kuromi guardianship, (1946)

Related to Isamu Kuromi and Hitoshi Kuromi, minors
Folder 7

Licenses -- Flower View Gardens, Los Angeles (Calif.), (1946)

Included: California. State Board of Equalization permit
Folder 8

Magazines (periodicals) -- Art in Flowers, (1959)

Featuring designs by Arthur T. Ito
Folder 9

Magazines (periodicals) -- California State Florists' Association, (1961-1989)

Box 32

Magazines - Photograph albums

Folder 1

Magazines (periodicals) -- Florists' Review, (1969-1979)

Folder 2

Magazines (periodicals) -- Los Angeles Times Magazine, (1996)

Folder 3

Magazines (periodicals) -- Magazine of Flowers, (1966-1967)

Folder 4

Magazines (periodicals) -- Southern Florist and Nurseryman, (1977)

Folder 5

Manuscripts, [undated]

Untitled typewritten copy of a manuscript beginning "Just as Thomas Fossum will tell us, the very nature of our business, especially the retail segment, history tells us that we did not experience the severe shock during the big depression as other business did, and contrary to what you and I may think, flowers were a necessity, just as bread was for survival."
Folder 6

Negatives (photographs), [after 1945]

Folder 7

Newsletters -- The Bloomin' News, (1967-1985)

Folder 8

Notes -- Miscellaneous, (1948-1996)

(2 notebooks and loose pages)
Folder 9

Notes, (2016)

Loose notes supplied by James A. Ito about the collection
Folder 10

Passports -- Arthur T. Ito and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, [1995]

Photocopies
Folder 12

Photograph albums -- Flower View Gardens, (1966)

Covers missing
Box 33

Photograph albums - Photographs

Folder 1

Photograph albums -- Greetings From Your California Shinsekis, (1967-1968)

Ito and Kuromi families
Item 2

Photograph albums -- Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, (1987-1989)

No folder
Folder 3

Photographs -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1956-2007)

Included: Friends, family, and headshots
Folder 4

Photographs -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito and Nancy Reagan, 1921-2016, (1986)

Congressional luncheon
Folder 5

Photographs -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito's watercolors, (2001-2004)

Included: Negatives and printed matter
Box 34

Photographs

Folder 1

Photographs -- Arthur T. Ito, (1969-1973)

Headshots
Folder 2

Photographs -- Arthur T. Ito's 88th birthday, (2006)

Included: Notes pertaining to the celebration
Folder 3

Photographs -- Arthur T., Paul S., and Thomas K. Ito, (1954-1971)

Folder 4

Photographs -- Celebrities, (1963-1998?)

Folder 5

Photographs -- Cuautitlan (Mexico, Mexico), (1965-1968)

Included: Photographs of Fumiyo Ito's grave
Folder 6

Photographs -- Florists' Transworld Delivery Association (FTD), (1961-1992)

Folder 7

Photographs -- Flower View Gardens, (1946-1992)

Folder 8

Photographs -- Flower View Gardens, (1954-1988)

Box 35

Photographs

Folder 1

Photographs -- Flower View Gardens, (1956-1963)

Folder 2

Photographs -- Glendale (Calif.), (1959)

Methodist chapel wedding
Folder 3

Photographs -- Ito family, (1960)

Folder 4

Photographs -- Ito Gido's tomb, [1990]

Tottori Prefecture, Japan
Folder 5

Photographs -- Kuromi family, (1933-1969)

Folder 6

Photographs -- L.A. Auto Show, (1961-1962)

Folder 7

Photographs -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1962-1965)

Folder 8

Photographs -- Michi Ohara's wedding, [1972]

Folder 9

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1961-1986)

Included: American Institute of Floral Designers; California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State Florist Association; Floral Design Society; Southern California Floral Association; Southern Florists; Society of American Florists; Teleflora; miscellaneous floral demonstrations, arrangements, and events
Box 36

Photographs - Printed ephemera

Folder 1

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1963-1990)

Included: NBC demonstration; URF; miscellaneous floral demonstrations, arrangements, and events
Folder 2

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1969-19886)

Nixon family; Decorating the White House, Christmas, 1986; Their Majesties, The Emperor and Empress of Japan, 1975
Folder 3

Photographs -- Oye family scrolls, [1990s?]

Folder 4

Photographs -- Paul S. Ito, (1934-1970)

Included: Photographs of Paul S. Ito in Mexico, 1954
Folder 5

Photographs -- Santa Monica Boulevard building, [undated]

Folder 6

Photographs -- Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito, (1955-1962)

Folder 7

Photographs -- Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito's funeral, (1965)

Folder 8

Photographs -- Yoshimasa (Oye) Ito' house, (1955-1970)

Included: Photographs from the Tottori Prefecture, Tane Yoshimasa's youngest sister, and Uncle Oye, 99 years old
Folder 9

Press releases -- Miscellaneous, (1977-1978)

Society of American Florist and Floracons, Ltd.
Folder 10

Printed ephemera -- Florists' Transworld Delivery Association (FTD), (1976-1994)

Included: Canadian French Pocket Dictionary, 1984; press releases; 1976 FTD Design Competition; newsletters; Florist issue, Sep. 1978; Ito campaign material
Folder 11

Printed ephemera -- Flower View Gardens, (1963-1966)

Included: Brochures, maps, invitation, and promotional material
Box 37

Printed ephemera

Folder 1

Printed ephemera -- Gila River Relocation Center, (1993-1995)

Included: Newsletter and photocopies of an article
Folder 2

Printed ephemera -- A History of Japanese Americans in California: Historic Sites, (2005)

Printouts
Folder 3

Printed ephemera -- Los Feliz Improvement Association, (1991-1996)

Included: Anniversary Los Feliz Improvement Association booklet; Los Feliz Observer, Spring 1996; multiple copies of "Flower View Gardens: '50 Years' Is Not Enough"
Folder 4

Printed ephemera -- Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California, (1993-2000)

Folder 5

Printed ephemera -- Miscellaneous, (1980-1997)

Miniature Poinsettias, Reprinted from Flowers & Magazine, Aug. 1980; Wholesale Florists and Florist Suppliers of America, Inc. flier; East & West Travel Corporation presents the Tenth International Floral Tour of the Orient - 1981 brochure; www.TheGreenie.com by Fred Taomae printout; Olivers 78th Anniversary booklet, 1990; Haband Co. Rayon Neckwear; Hollywood at Home, Laughlin Park, 1997; Flowers: Geometric Form order form; The Richfield Wild Flower Book
Folder 6

Printed ephemera -- Miscellaneous, (1981-1995)

Hito Hata: Raise the Banner, A Visual Communications Production; Japanese American National Museum: National Salute to Japanese American Veterans Salute Tribute Journal; UPA Academic Editions: Wartime Translations of Seized Japanese Documents; Artist's Statement, Eddy Kurushima; photocopies of Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans by Maisie & Richard Conrat
Folder 7

Printed ephemera -- Miscellaneous, [undated]

In Japanese
Folder 8

Printed ephemera -- Nisei, (1968-2004)

Folder 9

Printed ephemera -- Re: Japanese Americans -- Reparations, (1986)

"...Congress Apologizes on Behalf of the Nation" by Japanese American Citizens League with participation from U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Redress Administration; Redress! The American People; Against All Odds: The Japanese Americans' Campaign for Dress, Case Program John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University; letter from George W. Bush
Folder 10

Printed ephemera -- SAFE Endowment, (1979)

Information packet for Society of American Florists' Endowment
Folder 11

Printed ephemera -- St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Los Angeles, Calif.), (1982-1984)

Included: In Appreciation: Arthur T. Ito, photocopies; fragment of schedule; For 75 years the Spirit of St. Marys booklet
Box 38

Printed ephemera - Scrapbooks

Folder 1

Programs -- Miscellaneous, (1945-2002)

Primarily funeral programs for Ito and Kuromi families
Folder 2

Receipts (financial records), (1954-1955)

Donation receipts for in Izumo-taisha shrine in Shimane Prefecture, Japan
Folder 3

Reminiscences -- Arthur T. Ito, (1990)

Handwritten and typewritten recollections before World War, 1939-1945
Included: Letter from Toshi Tabata regarding Ito's childhood, February 5, 1990
Folder 4

Resumes (personnel records) -- Arthur T. Ito, (1967)

Folder 5

Scrapbooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1984-1986)

Candidate for Vice-President FTD - Montreal
Folder 1 out of 2
Folder 6

Scrapbooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1984-1986)

Candidate for Vice-President FTD - Montreal
Folder 2 out of 2
Folder 7

Scrapbooks -- Arthur T. Ito, (1985-1986)

President FTD
Box 39

Scrapbooks - Subject files

Folder 1

Scrapbooks -- Florists' Transworld Delivery Association, (1984-1985)

Incomplete?
Folder 2

Sketches -- [unidentified man], [undated]

Folder 3

Speeches -- Arthur T. Ito, (1963-1970)

Related to various florist events
Folder 4

Statements -- Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito and Kiyo Kuromi, [after 1948]

Itemized Statement of Personal Property...Pursuant to Public Law 886 (Act of July 2, 1948)
Folder 5

Stock certificates -- Flower View Gardens, (1947-1976)

Folder 6

Subject files -- Arthur T. Ito's funeral, (2006-2007)

Included: Deed and Certificate of Endowment Care, Forest Lawn Memorial Park; programs; photographs; obituaries; information related to final illness
Folder 7

Subject files -- Asian Florist Association, (2004)

JFTD Hana Cupid Annual Convention, Kobe, Japan
Included: E-mails, speech, notes, schedule, and printed matter
Folder 8

Subject files -- Demise of Flower View Gardens Inc., (2000)

Included: Background; stock information; financial records
Folder 9

Subject files -- Florists' Transworld Delivery Association, (1974)

Member Day
Included: Correspondence, forms, program, and printed matter
Folder 10

Subject files -- Go For Broke, (2003-2005)

Included: E-mails; clippings (information artifacts); printed matter; press releases; material related to Hanashi Interview and Eric Shinseki
Folder 11

Subject files -- Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, (1999-2004)

Primarily e-mails related to Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, AFS/Teleflora meetings
Box 40

Subject files

Folder 1

Subject files -- Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, (2001-2007)

Included: Notes and schedule related to Japan Florists' Telegraph Delivery Association, AFS/Teleflora meetings; History of JFTD In Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary; The 55th JFTD Annual Convention in Hiroshima, 2007; Welcome to Fleurop-Interflora, 2001; business cards; agreements
Folder 2

Subject files -- Joseph Shinoda Memorial Scholarship Foundation, (1964)

Included: Letter from Mas Yonemura to Arthur T. Ito; clippings; photograph
Folder 3

Subject files -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1960-1972)

Primarily newspaper clippings and printed ephemera
Folder 4

Subject files -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1955-1967)

Included: Program, 1963, 1964; schedule, 1967; criteria; notes; greeting cards; correspondence
Folder 5

Subject files -- Linda Hope's wedding, (1969)

Primarily financial records
Included: Clippings, correspondence, and photographs
Folder 6

Subject files -- Rotary Club of Hollywood, (1989)

Included: Newsletter, vol. LIII, no. 5 and photographs
Folder 7

Subject files -- Society of American Florists Hall of Fame, (1992)

Included: Photocopies, greeting cards, and correspondence
Box 41

Subject files

Folder 1

Subject files -- United States. War Department. Military Intelligence Service, (1946-1995)

Souvenir reunion booklets, 1966, 1968, 1995; Japanese Americans Play Vital Role in United States Intelligence Service in World War Two by John Weckerling; photocopies; newsletter; notes; correspondence
Folder 2

Telegrams -- To Arthur and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1946)

Related to Flower View Gardens re-opening
 

Series 4: Audio/visual and oversize

Box 42

Books - Statements

Folder 1

Books -- Historical and Pictorial Review, Medical Replacement Training Center, Camp Grant, Illinois, (1942)

Laid in: Thanksgiving program, 1942
Folder 2

Menus, (1935-1944)

Collected by [Aiko Alice Kuromi) Ito?]
Folder 3

Minutes (administrative records) -- The Official Minutes of the National Council Meetings: Twelfth Biennial National Convention of the Japanese American Citizens League, (1952, June 26-30)

Folder 4

Reports -- Final Report. Japanese American Citizens League Anti-Discrimination Committee, (1954, Aug. 20)

Prepared for the National Council Japanese American Citizens League, Submitted by the Washington Office Japanese American Citizens League
Folder 5

Statements -- Statement of the Japanese American Citizens League for the Jonas Subcommittee on Claims. Committee on the Judiciary. House of Representatives 83d Congress H.R. 7435 (Evacuation Claims Amendment), (1954)

Prepared and Submitted by Mike M. Sasoka, Washington Representative Japanese American Citizens League
Box 43

Photograph albums

Item 1

Photograph albums -- Kuromi Album 1, (1926-1953)

Item 2

Photograph albums -- Kuromi Album 2, (1916-1939)

Included: Two letters to Kiyo Kuromi dated 1916 and 1918
Item 3

Photograph albums -- Kuromi Album 3, (1913-1971)

Included: Two letters from A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi to Kiyo Kuromi related to relocation; one letter from Lillie James to Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito; receipts; watercolors
Item 4

Photograph albums -- 50 Years Arthur T. Ito and Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito, (1943-1993)

Box 44

Photograph albums

Item 1

Photograph albums -- Headdress Ball, (1956-1966)

Item 2

Photograph albums -- First Trip to Japan, (1965)

Miyabara Tottori-Ken
Item 3

Photograph albums -- Nagoya, (1965-1967)

Seki-Shimane Ken
Item 4

Photograph albums -- Happy Silver Anniversary Arthur & Aiko, (1968)

Included: Printed ephemera
Item 5

Photograph albums -- Linda Hope's wedding, (1969)

Item 6

Photograph albums -- Family, (1969-1971)

Included: Ito, Kuromi, Obi, Mochizuki families
Item 7

Photograph albums -- Opening Weller Court FTD Convention, (1981-1982)

Included: FTD Las Vegas Rose Parade, 1982; Las Floristas, 1981
Item 8

Photograph albums -- InterfloraWorld-Congress Hamburg, (1982)

Item 9

Photograph albums -- Montreal FTD Convention Vice-President, (1984-1985)

Box 45

Photograph albums

Item 1

Scrapbooks -- Arthur T. Ito, FTD President, (1985-1986)

Item 2

Photograph albums -- Arthur T. Ito, FTD President, (1985-1986)

Item 3

Photograph albums -- Re: Primarily flowers, (2000-2007)

Box 46

Photograph albums -- Ito and Kuromi families, (1949-1952)

Box 47

Item 1

Photograph albums -- Flower View Gardens, (1927-1962)

Brittle
Item 2

Scrapbooks -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1959-1960)

Brittle
Box 48

Genealogical tables - Sketches, (1966-2005)

Folder 1

Genealogical tables -- Ito family, (2005)

Folder 2

Logos -- Flower View Gardens, [undated]

Designed by Deann Kato
Folder 3

Photograph albums -- Floral demonstrations, (1966)

Folder 4

Photographs -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1966)

Folder 5

Photographs -- Linda Hope's wedding, (1969)

Appears to be a portfolio
Folder 6

Sketches -- Las Floristas Headdress Ball, (1967-1968)

Folder 7

Sketches -- Miscellaneous, (1969-1971)

Various design proposals
Folder 8

Sketches -- Variety Club International Humanitarian Award, [1970s]

Included: Watercolors
Box 49

Audiocassettes, (1973-1993)

Included: SCFG Meeting, Dec. 1990; CSFA..Hawaii speech by Art Ito, 1985 FTD President; KBIG Flower View Gardens Father's Day, 1973; Anniversary Narration JFTD [Suzuki mem. Speech?]; SCFG Board/Annual Meeting Feb. 23 1991 - Otani Hotel; Trip to Europe, 1988; FTD Convention San Diego, 1986 address to the Board; Family Business 1985 FTD Convention; Practice Speeches for FTD Conv., 1985; No. 6; Trip to Viena/Budapest, 1990; 1985-1986 Pres. Travel Japan Meeting Board; Golden Wedding, 1993; Rome Italy, 1989; blank audiocassette
Box 50

3-D objects, (1939-1985)

Included: The Little Bible published by David C. Cook; dog tags (military tags); color patches (military patches) (3 patches); wallet with MacDill Field class B pass; California. Department of Fish and Game license; clip (fasteners); button and bar pins; Southern California Floral Association buttons (2 buttons); stamp; Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito's florist badge; Japanese steamship; belt buckles (2 buckles); Florists' Transworld Delivery Association patch; The Monetary Authority of Belize $1; [oil pastel?]
Box 51

DVDs and VHS, (1978-2001)

Included: Interflora World Cup 97 1-7 September Amsterdam The Netherlands; Japanese American National Museum: The Nisei Legacy, Sharing the Promise of America; 1996 Xmas UTB Xmas Interviews at Flower View Gardens, 1996; FTD Convention, Boston, 1988; Something Strong Within: A Film by Robert A. Nakamura; A Tradition of Honor; Japanese American National Museum Toyo Miyatake, Infinite Shares of Gray, 2001; F.T.D. Convention Arthur T. Ito, 1994; Las Floristas Headdress Ball Apr. 1978; Flower View Garden, Program No. 1-12; Top Ni Kiku, Mr. Ito; Home Movies Disc 1; Home Movies Disc 2; Go For Broke: National Education Center, Alice Ito 1 of 2; Go For Broke: National Education Center, Alice Ito, 2 of 2; World & Weavings Songs; Uncommon Courage: Patriotism and Civil Engineering; Beyond Barbed Wire, 1997; Arthur T. Ito, Oral History Program
Box 52

Rolled-objects, (1924-1961)

Included: Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito class photographs, 1934-1939 (5 photographs); Kiyo Kuromi; zoning atlas ordered by Kenji Ito, 1961; Flower market completion, 1924
Oversize folder 1

Photographs -- "At Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Flower Field run by Mr. Kuromi," (1928)

Oversize folder 2

Photographs -- Miscellaneous, (1913-1946)

Included: A.H. (Andrew Harue) Kuromi's funeral, 1946; Aiko Alice (Kuromi) Ito (3 photographs); Kuromi and Ikeda families; Arthur T. Ito; [Kuromi ? Tarou funeral, 1913 (2 photographs)]
Oversize folder 3

Watercolors -- Gila River Relocation Center (Ariz.), (1944)

Butte Camp