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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information for Digitized Material
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Bibliography

  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Pasadena Buddhist Temple Photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2022.006
    Physical Description: 136 Megabytes 49 jpeg files, 1 pdf
    Date (inclusive): 1951-2019
    Abstract: This collection contains photographs and panoramic photographs of the Pasadena Buddhist Temple and members of the church's congregation. Also included are photographs at different Buddhist churches, conferences, and anniversary events around California. All of the items in this collection have been digitized and some are available online.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Biographical / Historical

    Early in the 20th century, the Nishi Hongwanji Los Angeles Betsuin served the Jodo Shinshu Buddhists of Pasadena. Due to the unjust incarceration of Japanese Americans in during World War II, there were no provisions in place to prevent discrimination in housing after the war. Pasadena was one of the few communities where property owners were willing to rent or sale to Japanese Americans. In the fall of 1948, early in the temple's history, Mr. and Mrs. Yukio Nishimoto made their home available for services and Dharma school instruction. Next, temple functions moved to 1106 Lincoln Avenue where Rev. Daitetsu Hayashima led spiritual guidance. In 1958, the current property at 1993 Glen Ave was purchased and temple construction began. In the same year, the current temple was dedicated and the Bishop of Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) assigned the first full time minister, Rev. Masami Nakagaki. The Buddhist Women's Association has been a back bone of the temple since its inception and continues today. Buddhist Women's Association and Young Buddhist League (YBL) celebrations are highlighted in this collection along with other significant moments in the Pasadena Buddhist Temple's history.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    Donor retained panoramic photographs, photographs, and other material in this collection.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    The access files are JPG files stored on the Public Use Drive. Access to the files is available on-site in the Gerth Archives and Special Collections reading room. Please request copies at the reference desk.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Processing Information for Digitized Material

    The Gerth Archives and Special Collections created digital reproductions from the original material for long-term preservation and access. These preservation files (16 GB, 97 tiff 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: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project technical reference guide. 

    Related Materials

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

    Scope and Contents

    Pasadena Buddhist Temple Photographs (1951-2019) contains 136 Mb of digitized photographs related to the Pasadena Buddhist Temple and their congregation. Also included are photographs related to organizations within the church, anniversary events, and yearly conferences. Organizations included are the Pasadena Buddhist Women's Association, Southern District Buddhist Women's Association, and the Southern District Jr. YBL. Several photographs were taken professionally by the Toyo Miyatake Studio.

    Conditions Governing Use

    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.


    Gibbs, Rev. Gregory. "Pasadena Temple and Community History Third Draft." Pasadena, CA, 2019.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Women in Buddhism
    Buddhist youth
    Buddhist temples
    Japanese Americans -- California, Southern
    Japanese Americans -- California
    Pasadena Buddhist Temple