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This collection includes digitized negatives, photographs, and presentation board from the Blue Circles, Little Misses, and Jr. Misses social organizations. The presentation board consists of images from the 1930s and 1990s of the Blue Circles, a Young Women's Christian Girl Reserves group affiliated with the Centenary Church in Los Angeles. The negatives in the collection are of the Little Misses and Jr. Misses social organization, which were also part of the Young Women's Christians Association Girl Reserves group. The negatives include images of picnics, holiday events, slumber parties, and camping trips. All of the collection has been digitized, and some of the photographs are available online.
Kiyoko Kay Komai was born on December 4, 1920. She grew up in Berkeley, California, until she moved to Los Angeles with her aunt and uncle, Fumiko and Frank Nagata. They became her adoptive parents. While living in Los Angeles, she joined the Blue Circles, a Young Women's Christian Association Girl Reserves group. She married her husband, Khan Komai before World War II, and was pregnant when she left with her husband's family to the Santa Anita racetrack and then to the Granada incarceration camp. They left the incarceration camp in 1944 and moved to Ohio before eventually returning to Los Angeles. They raised four children together. During this time, Kay also worked at local universities until she retired in the 1980s. She spent her spare time doing bonsai, something she learned from her aunt and uncle. Kay continued doing bonsai and meeting with the Blue Circles after she retired.
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