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Description
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 online.
Background
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.
Extent
8 boxes (4 flat binder boxes, 2 short top boxes, 1 carton, and 1 document box, including DVDs)
Restrictions
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.
Availability
There are no access restrictions on this collection.