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  • Title: Goichiro Inouye papers
    Date (inclusive): 1899-1940
    Collection Number: 2019C46
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: Japanese
    Physical Description: 2 ms. boxes, 1 oversize folder (1.0 linear_foot)
    Abstract: Correspondence, personal documents, and photographs, relating to Japanese immigration to the United States.
    Creator: Inouye, Goichirō
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual or digital media material in the collection, they must be reformatted before providing access.


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    Acquisition Information

    Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2018.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Goichiro Inouye Papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Biographical note

    Japanese immigrant worker in the United States.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Goichiro Inouye papers include correspondence, personal documents, financial documents, and photographs related to Japanese immigration to the United States.
    Goichirō (Charlie) Inouye was a Japanese migrant worker from Fukuoka, Japan. He initially worked at the Mana sugar plantation camp in Kuai, Hawaii (circa 1899-1906). He later migrated to Sonoma and leased a vineyard (circa 1908-1914), then moved to Los Angeles to be a gardener (circa 1918-1921) before returning to Japan. He returned to the United States in 1937 and lived in California (circa 1940). There is no record of Inouye having been removed to an internment camp.
    The papers demonstrate the complexity of Japanese migration to the United States in the 20th century. The collection includes Inouye's immigration records; a passport issued by the Empire of Japan for his son in 1913; a sugar plantation contract and other supporting documents in Hawaii; a vineyard lease contract in Sonoma, CA; remittance and the receipts for the Nihonjinkai (the Japanese Association) fee and donations to the Japanese military and temples in Fukuoka and Hilo, Hawaii; and bank ledgers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japan -- Emigration and immigration
    Japanese -- United States