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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: Kuromi Photo Album Collection
    Creator: Kuromi, Hitoshi
    Creator: Kuromi, Corrine Nobuko Nishimura
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2017.012
    Physical Description: 2 boxes (2 photograph albums, one box of material)
    Physical Description: 1.3 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): circa 1940-1960; 1970-1972
    Abstract: This collection contains two photograph albums and material related to Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi and Corrine Nobuko Nishimura Kuromi. Subjects in the collection include the Kuromi family, the Gila River incarceration camp, and hot rods. All of this collection is digitized and some of the material is available online.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    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.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Scope and Contents

    The Kuromi Photo Album (circa 1940-1960; 1970-1972) contains two photograph albums and material related to Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi and Corrine Nobuko Nishimura Kuromi. The first photograph album is mainly photographs of Corrine Kuromi and includes images of her family, the Gila River incarceration camp, her classmates' graduation portraits, her wedding pictures, and other images. The second photograph album contains images of family vacations to the Hoover Dam and Las Vegas. It also contains photographs from a car show event or gathering. The rest of the material in the collection relates to Yoko Kuromi's service in 1970 and the memorial fund set up in his name.

    Biographical / Historical

    Hitoshi "Yoke" Kuromi was born April 24, 1925, and lived in Southern California where his parents owned a floral company. Yoke and his family moved to the Gila River incarceration camp as a result of Executive Order 9066 during World War II. They arrived at the camp on October 18, 1942, and were released July 20, 1944. After being released, Yoke served in the United States Army during 1950-1952, and he was stationed in Alaska.
    Corrine Nobuko Nishimura was born on July 3, 1929. Her family also moved to the Gila River incarceration camp on July 20, 1942, and they were released September 6, 1945. Corrine and Yoke married June 7, 1953, and had four children together, Lynn, Kevin, Janet, and Carolyn. Yoke died January 1970, and Corrine died January 1994.

    Related Materials

    This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For more information: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project. 

    Processing Information for Digitized Materials

    The Gerth Archives and Special Collections created digital reproductions from the original material for long-term preservation and access. These preservation files (22.7 mb, 197 tif 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: CSUJAD Techincal Reference Guide. 

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Automobiles, Racing
    Hot rods
    Gila River Relocation Center
    Japanese American soldiers
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Nishimura, Arthur
    Nishimura, Yemiko
    Iwasaki, Taye
    Mayeda, Fumiyo
    Mizufune, Midori
    Mizufune, Suniko
    Toma, Kimiya
    Wakayame, June
    Seiji, Fujiye Frances