Inventory of the Kobata Family Photographs SPC.2021.004

Jennifer Hill
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Kobata Family Photographs
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2021.004
Physical Description: 1 box
Physical Description: 96.5 Megabytes 61 jpeg files
Physical Description: .75 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1902-1967
Date (bulk): 1910-1925
Abstract: This collection includes digitized photographs and a commemorative photo album related to the Kobata family. Images in the collection include the Kobata Nursery in Los Angeles, plants at the nursery, tour photographs of Japan, and portraits of the Kobata family. All of the items in this collection have been digitized and are available online.
Material Specific Details: English description for the Japanese illustrated album was provided by Yoko Okunishi.
Language of Material: English , Japanese .

Preferred Citation

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Harold Kobata donated the digitalized photographs and commemorative photo album during a Scanning Day event in 2018. The original material was returned to the donor.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of the Gerth Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Gerth Archives and Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Existence and Location of Originals

This collection contains digitized photographs created from loaned material. The donor retained the original items.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For more information: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. 

Processing Information for Digitized Materials

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections created digital reproductions from the original material for long-term preservation and access. These preservation files (3.43 Gb, 61 files) were scanned to and stored on the Gerth Archives and Special Collections Deparment Drive. For more information on the best practices and standards for the digitization process, please see: CSUJAD Techincal Reference Guide 

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All of the digitized photographs are available online at Kobata Family Photographs  They are also available on the Public Use Drive as JPG files at the Gerth Archives and Special Collections. Please request copies at the reference desk.

Existence and Location of Copies

All of the collection has been digitized and is available at the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project site: Kobata Family Photographs 

Scope and Contents

Kobata Family Photographs (1902-1967; bulk 1910-1925) contains 29 digitized photographs (96.5 Mb) and a commemorative album from a tour of Japan in 1925. The digitized photographs and commemorative were donated at a Scanning Day event in 2018. The digitized images in the collection are mainly matted photographs of the Kobata Nursery and portraits of the Kobata family. Most of the digitized photographs have handwritten notes from Harold Kobata, a family member and donor of the collection. The commemorative album includes tour images of Japan, and it features Nobujiro Kobata, Harold Kobata's uncle. Community leaders organized the tour for the Nisei students who studied at Japanese language schools.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Takashi Kobata was born in Gardena on April 5, 1926 to Giichiro and Umeno Kobata. Giichiro and Umeno Kobata immigrated from Japan in the early 1900s and opened the Kobata Nursery in Los Angeles on Jefferson. Harold attended Gardena High School before relocating to Salt Lake City during World War II. After World War II, he moved back to Gardena and went to college. Harold married his wife Reiko Hagio on October 1, 1954, and they had two children together. He died in October 2020.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Nursery growers -- California
Japanese American families
Japan -- Description and travel
Hawaii -- Description and travel
Kobata family

item Public Use Drive , folder Kobata Family Photographs

Kobata Nursery, family photographs, and portraits 1902-1967

box 1, item 1

Commemorative photo album of a Japan tour by Japanese students delegates in Southern California in 1925 1932

Language of Material: Japanese.

Scope and Contents

Material is an illustrated photo album printed in Japan. The original title is: Nanka Nihonjin gakuseidan sokoku kengaku kinen shashincho 南加日本人學生團祖國見學記念寫眞帖 1925. It was published to commemorate their Japan tour in 1925 but not intended for sale. The immersion tour was organized by the community leaders for the Nisei student delegates who studied at Japanese language schools in Southern California. The album includes an introduction and report written by Kohei Shimano who was the President of Rafu Daiichi Gakuen, which was a Japanese language school in Los Angeles, and Chair of Nihonjinkai. The group consisted of 17 participants (8 leaders and 9 Nisei students), and Nobujiro Kobata, who is one of the Kobata family members, was one of the Nisei student participants. They sailed from San Francisco by a steamship, Tenyo Maru, and stopped over Honolulu. During the tour, several meetings with and lectures from the prominent figures were held. Included were a visit to the Imperial Japanese Army and a meeting with Eiichi Shibusawa.