Inventory of the Henriette B. Von Blon papers

Finding aid prepared by Sarahi Zaldumbide
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Henriette B. Von Blon papers
Date (inclusive): 1940-1952
Collection Number: 52011
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.4 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Letters received from Japanese Americans interned first at the Pomona Assembly Center in California and later at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyoming) during World War II relating to conditions in the camps; and clippings from American newspapers relating to French culture and the military defeat of France in 1940.
Creator: Von Blon, Henriette B.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives


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Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1952.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henriette B. Von Blon papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Biographical Note

Henriette Von Blon lived in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, John L. Von Blon, and her two children, Phillip and Marie Adele. John L. Von Blon was an editor at the Los Angeles Times for seventeen years. Henriette also contributed to publications, like the popular art magazine The International Studio.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Henriette B. Von Blon papers contain personal materials, correspondence, illustrations, and a photograph, with an overarching emphasis on Henriette Von Blon and her family's relationship with an interned Japanese American family who had been the Von Blons' neighbors and friends. The head of that family, Taketaro Azeka, was a barber by trade who also practiced poetry and art. The Von Blons stored the belongings that Azeka and his daughters' families could not bring with them to relocation centers during World War II. Mrs. Von Blon also acted as a character reference for Azeka's daughter, Shizuko Horiuchi.
Correspondence from Azeka and his three daughters cover the family's time at both the Pomona Assembly Center in California and the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II. Letters received by the Von Blon family from 1942 to 1944 describe life in the internment camps and gratitude for the Von Blons' support during the family's time in the camps. Illustrations by Azeka sent with these letters depict both the Pomona Assembly Center and the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the daily life of detainees.
In addition to this material, the collection includes a scrapbook of newspaper clippings compiled by Von Blon for her daughter, Marie Adele, relating to conditions in France during World War II from 1940 to 1941.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

World War, 1939-1945 -- France
Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- United States
Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)


Materials relating to Japanese American internees at Pomona Assembly Center and Heart Mountain Relocation Camp 1942-1952


Correspondence 1942-1952

box 1, folder 1

Azeka, Taketaro, 1942-1943

Scope and Contents note

Includes illustrations.
box 1, folder 2

Azeka, Miyeko 1942-1943

box 1, folder 3

Gotanda, Umeko 1942

box 1, folder 4

Horiuchi, Shizuko 1942-1944

Scope and Contents note

Includes photograph.
box 1, folder 5

Von Blon, Henriette B. 1952

box 1, folder 6

War Relocation Authority 1943

box 1, folder 7

Illustrations of internment camps by Taketaro Azeka 1942-1943

box 1

Scrapbook containing articles and clippings relating to conditions in France during World War II 1940-1941