Inventory of the Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs SPC.2018.057

Jennifer Hill
California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
Title: Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs
Creator: Hiranuma, Edna
Creator: Hiranuma, John
Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2018.057
Physical Description: 4.66 Megabytes 24 jpeg files
Date (inclusive): 1942-1945
Abstract: 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 have been digitized and are available online.
Language of Material: English .

Hiranuma Family

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.

Scope and Contents

Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs (1942-1945) contains 4.66 mb of digitized photographs donated at a Scanning Day event in 2018. The photographs belonged to John and Edna Hiranuma and are related to the Hiranuma family during their incarceration at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Images include camp barracks and incarcerees.

Preferred Citation

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Mike Hiranuma donated the digitized photographs during a Scanning Day event in 2018. The original material was returned to the donor.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Existence and Location of Originals

This collection contains digital reproductions created from loaned material. The donor retained the original items.

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 (245 mb, 24 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. 

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

All of the digitized photographs are available online at Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs  They are also available on the Public Use Drive as JPG files at the Gerth Archives And Special Collections. Please request copies at the reference desk.

Existence and Location of Copies

All of the collection has been digitized and is available at the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project site: Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs. 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Japanese American families
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp

item Public Use Drive, folder Mike Hiranuma Family Photographs, folder mhf_001-_mhf_016

Photographs from the Heart Mountain incarceration camp circa 1942-1945

Language of Material: English.