This collection contains photo albums
and scrapbooks compiled by George Naohara and Mitzi (Masukawa) Naohara as well as other
materials depicting their experiences during World War II and the Korean War. There are also
materials regarding the Gardena Buddhist Church activities in which George Naohara engaged
after the war. Most of the items in this collection have been digitized and available
George Nobuo Naohara (1919 August 17–2014 June 30) was Kibei Nisei, who was born in the
United States, educated in Japan, and returned to Los Angeles, California prior to World War
II. He left Japan, following in his uncle's footsteps but struck out on his own. He met the
Masukawa family in Los Angeles and learned that Mrs. Koyuta Masukawa was a relative of his
acquaintance and originally immigrated from Hiroshima, Japan, from which he also had come.
He became a close friend to the family and married Mitzi Masukawa (1923 March 16-), one of
the family's daughters, later.
(4 flat binder boxes, 2 short top boxes, 1 carton, and 1
document box, including DVDs)
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.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.