Inventory of the Inouye Goichiro papers

Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Inouye Goichiro papers
Collection Number: 2019C46
Date (inclusive): 1899-1940
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution 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.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Inouye, Goichiro


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Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2018.


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Biographical note

Japanese immigrant worker in the United States.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Inouye Goichiro 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.



Box/Folder 1 : 1-2

Incoming letters from family in Japan 1905-1917

Box/Folder 1 : 3

Miscellaneous 1916-1918

Box/Folder 1 : 4

Yokoyama Village Head 1921, 1935

Map case

Outgoing correspondence to friends and family in Japan 1910, undated



Box/Folder 1 : 5

California state poll tax 1908-1914

Box/Folder 1 : 6

Taxes 1900-1906

Box/Folder 1 : 7

Miscellaneous 1906-1913

Box/Folder 1 : 8

Japanese Military Finance and the National War Finance Committee of the American Red Cross 1904, 1918

Box/Folder 1 : 9

Japanese Association 1911-1920

Box/Folder 1 : 10

Japanese American newspaper 1919-1920

Box/Folder 1 : 11

Bank remittance 1899-1914

Box/Folder 1 : 12

Waialua Agricultural Company labor contract 1899

Box/Folder 1 : 13

Receipts, security deposit for contract labor 1899

Box/Folder 1 : 14

Tamomoshi rotating credit certificate 1905

Box/Folder 1 : 15

Loan agreements in Japan 1910-1922

Box/Folder 1 : 16

Japanese passport issued to Miyoji Inouye 1921

Box/Folder 1 : 17

Birth report 1901

Box/Folder 1 : 18

Indenture, CA 1912

Box/Folder 1 : 19

Bank check book 1921

Box/Folder 1 : 20

Checkbook contents 1915

Box/Folder 1 : 21

Address book

Box 2

Family photographs 1905-1915