This collection contains photographs of the Hiranuma family and others at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Images in
the collection include barracks, incarcerees, and life at the camp. All of the items in this collection are digital reproductions
and are available online.
John K. Hiranuma, Michael Hiranuma's father, was born in the late 1800s and moved from Hokkaido or Yezu, Japan to the United
States before World War II. Edna Ouchi, Michael's mother, was born in Hawaii around 1916 and moved to California in the 1940s.
During World War II, John Hiranuma and Edna Ouchi both moved to the Santa Anita racetrack and then to the Heart Mountain incarceration
camp. They arrived at the camp in September 1942. In October 1943, John and Edna got married and had their son, Michael Shigeo
Hiranuma, a year later. After leaving the camp on June 15, 1945, the family moved to Buffalo, New York. After leaving New
York, the family moved to Los Angeles, California.
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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.