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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Separated Materials
  • Availability of Digitized Materials

  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Ikemoto, (Henry) Collection
    Creator: Ikemoto, Henry, 1923-2009
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2014.006
    Physical Description: 4 boxes 1.5 linear ft.
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2013
    Abstract: The Henry Ikemoto collection includes materials on the Japanese American soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, as well as Japanese-American evacuation and incarceration in camps during WWII. The materials are in the forms of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. Of special note are letters from American Red Cross volunteer Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatoni and snapshots of Japanese American soldiers in Italy. Some of this collection has been digitized and is available online.
    Language of Material: English .


    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of 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.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials in this collection were donated by Mildred Ikemoto, widow of Henry Ikemoto.

    Processing Information

    Processed in 2014.


    Henry Ikemoto (1923-2009) served as a soldier in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII. He was a Lieutenant Colonel and also served in the Military Intelligence Service. He later served as a Probation Officer for Los Angeles County.

    Scope and Content

    The Henry Ikemoto Collection includes materials documenting the participation of Japanese American soldiers in WWII as part of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. It also includes materials on anniversaries and reunions for various brigades including Camp Shelby, Rohwer, Military Intelligence Language School, Lost Battalion, Antitank Chapter 100th Battalion, and 442nd RCT. Documents include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. The collection also includes photographs documenting the daily lives of Japanese American soldiers in Italy, 1944. Of special note is correspondence from American Red Cross volunteer (and daughter of baseball player Ty Cobb) Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatomi. Subtopics include the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans, the Battle of Bruyeres, the Korean War, war memorials, and museum exhibits. The collection also includes 50 "separated books".

    Related Material

    This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials please consult: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. 

    Separated Materials

    Books in this collection have been cataloged and shelved separately.

    Availability of Digitized Materials

    Some of the collection has been digitized and is available at the CSU Japanese American Project site: Henry Y. Ikemoto Collection. 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japanese American families
    Japanese American newspapers
    Japanese American soldiers -- History -- 20th century
    Japanese Americans
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Japanese Americans -- History -- 20th century
    United States. Army. Field Artillery, 131st. Battalion, 2nd
    United States -- Armed Forces -- Japanese Americans
    United States. Army. Infantry Battalion, 100th
    United States. -- Army -- Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
    Camp Shelby (Miss.)
    Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
    Ikemoto, Henry, 1923-2009
    Military Intelligence Service Language School (U.S.)