Guide to the Guide to the Donald H. Estes Papers

Jessica Silver-Sharp
Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
Post Office Box 620988
San Diego, CA 92162-0988
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Guide to the Guide to the Donald H. Estes Papers

Collection number: MSS-006

Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego

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San Diego, California
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Donald Estes papers
Dates: 1887-2005
Bulk Dates: 1935-1995
Collection number: MSS-006
Creator: Estes, Donald, 1936-2005
Collection Size: 6 linear feet
Repository: Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.
San Diego, California 92162-0988
Abstract: Donald H. Estes (1936-2005) was a San Diego based historian and educator who wrote and taught about the Japanese American experience in Southern California and the nation. The bulk of his Papers contain his research files for his many books and articles, his writings, and the the sources he collected from the Japanese American community in order to document their internment during World War II. Other papers include Issei and Nisei oral history interview transcripts, papers reflecting Estes' service to the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), research and documentation of California's Alien Land Laws, and a range of unique primary source materials pertinent to the study of Japanese and Japanese Americans in San Diego and California.
Physical location: 10463 Austin Dr # F, Spring Valley, CA 91978
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The library can only claim physical ownership of the collection. Users are responsible for satisfying any claimants of literary property.

Preferred Citation

Donald Estes papers, MSS-006. Courtesy of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.

Acquisition Information

The Papers were donated by Carol Estes in 2005.

Biography / Administrative History

Donald Hamilton Estes was born in Nebraska in 1936. He and his family moved to the San Diego North Park neighborhood in 1939. He entered San Diego City College in 1954, and completed BA and Masters degrees from San Diego State University by 1966.
In 1960, Estes began teaching Advanced History and Government at La Jolla High School, leaving the school in 1967 to become Professor of History and Political Science at San Diego City College. From 1969 to 1973 he also served as Adjunct Professor of Education at the University of California at San Diego, and held a similar position at San Diego State University during 1974-1975. Also during the 1970s, Estes performed curriculum development work for the California Department of Education and served as a Fellowships Program Evaluator for the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1986 San Diego City College awarded Estes the Golden Apple Award for Outstanding Teaching. He retired from San Diego City College in 2003.
Estes sat on the Board of the San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League from 1967 on, and served twice as president. He was a founding member of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego (JAHSSD) and served that organization as historian, curator and in other significant capacities. Estes was among the first historians to serve on the Scholarly Advisory Board of the Japanese American National Museum beginning in 1989. Estes' oral history interviews and research produced six books, published between 1971 and 1996. He also authored numerous scholarly articles, many published in the Journal of San Diego History. Estes also curated exhibitions and served as adviser or director of several films and video productions. At the time of his death, Estes was working on an extensive history of the Japanese in America.
According to Ben Segawa, founding president and executive director of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, Estes was the acknowledged expert on the history of our community, the heart and soul of our organization. He was known as an inspiring teacher and in his scholarly pursuits, addressed what he called a natural void that was waiting to be filled. Estes both collected and generated significant materials that would otherwise not be available for research today. He died on May 7, 2005 at the age of 68.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Donald Estes Papers comprise his professional research, writings and teaching materials as well as the primary source materials he collected for his study of the Japanese American experience with emphasis on San Diego County. Primarily the Papers reflect his work as an educator and scholar, but also as a leader within the Japanese American community during the late 1960s through 2005. The Papers represent an important resource for understanding Estes and his passion for and contributions to the study of Japanese Americans. Most apparently, they are a comprehensive resource for students and scholars of the internment, resettlement and redress experiences of San Diego Japanese Americans, and a land mine resource for genealogists of the region. Perhaps most unique to the collection are the primary source materials generated and collected by Estes over a period of more than thirty years. Estes conducted more than 100 oral history interviews and also made possible the English translation of a number of accounts of San Diego history in Japanese. Materials collected from San Diego Japanese American community members and others include personal diaries and autobiographical writings, and significant internment camp records including rosters, newspapers, poetry, art and ephemera. Estes also collected research materials from other archives including local, state and federal records salient to the internment and its aftermath. Related to Estes career as educator are the research guides and curriculum development materials he compiled, collected and wrote. In addition to internment, topics well covered by the Papers include alien land laws of California, California census and demographics statistics, San Diego County restrictive housing practices, the San Diego fishing industry, Japanese Americans in the arts, and the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego. The Papers contain minimal personal material reflecting Estes' private life.


The collection is organized into seven series: Series 1. Alphabetical Subject Files, 1887-2005 (bulk, 1973-2004). 12 document boxes. Series 2. Issei Nisei Interviews, 1909-2005 (bulk, 1971-2004). 4 document boxes. Series 3. Japanese American Citizens League, 1969-1998 (bulk, 1970-1974), 2 document boxes. Series 4. Japanese in San Diego Primary Source Files, 1887-1977, 1 document box. Series 5. World War II Internment, 1935-1948, 5 document boxes. Series 6. Newspaper Clipping Files, ca. 1960-2004, 1 document box. Series 7. California Alien Land Laws, 1937-1994, 1 document box. The collection is arranged to the folder level.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Breed, Clara E. (Clara Estelle), 1906-1994
Estes, Donald, 1936-2005
California--Alien Land Act of 1913
Japanese American Citizens' League
Poston Relocations Center (Ariz.)
World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Newspapers
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Poetry
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Sources
Japanese Americans--California--San Diego
Japanese Americans--California--Interviews
Fishing industry--California--San Diego--History
Japanese American business enterprises--California--San Diego
Japanese Americans--California--San Diego--Directories
Japanese Americans--Study and teaching

Related Material

Processing of related collections is in progress. These include Estes' scholarly books and the thousands of photographs and hundreds of artifacts he collected on behalf of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.

Separated Material

REgenerations oral history project files have been transferred to the Institutional Archives of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego.

Collection contents


Series 1. Alphabetical files 1887-2005 1973-2004

Physical Description: 12 document boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Papers reflect Estes academic research interests in Japanese American history and the projects he lead on behalf of the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego. They reflect the depth of Estess personal and professional involvement with both local and national Japanese American communities and organizations. Included are Estess writings, lectures, notes, correspondence, and collected manuscripts and publications, newspaper clippings and organization files. Within this broad series about Japanese and Americans of Japanese descent, predominant subjects include Californias alien land laws, California census and demographics, San Diego housing restrictions, the San Diego fishing industry, Japanese Americans in the arts, the Japanese Friendship Garden in San Diego's Balboa Park, and the World War II experience including subsequent resettlement, redress and reparations for Japanese Americans. Early documents in this series are photocopies Estes obtained for his research purposes.


Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
Box-Folder 1 : 1

Academic Research proposals and reports 1996-2002

Box-Folder 1 : 2

Agriculture, San Diego County Profiles in Flowers Book excerpts 1989

Box-Folder 1 : 3

Alien Land Laws, Alien Land Law of California court brief 1945

Box-Folder 1 : 4

Alien Land Laws, Earl Warren correspondence 1942-1944

Box-Folder 1 : 5

Alien Land Laws, family mortgage documents Yasukochi and Yoshimura 1937-1942

Box-Folder 1 : 6

Alien Land Laws, lease for Mission Valley land, Hosaka, Yano and Ito 1912

Box-Folder 1 : 7

Alien Land Laws, The Issei Farmer and the California Alien Land Law in San Diego County, Master of Arts thesis, T. D. Carnes 1979

Box-Folder 1 : 8

Alien Land Laws, People v. Nakamura 1932

Box-Folder 1 : 9

Alien Land Laws, People v. Oyama 1942-1946

Box-Folder 1 : 10

Alien Land Laws, Oyama v. State of California 1948

Box-Folder 1 : 11

Alien Land Laws, War Relocation Authority Solicitor General Opinion 1944

Box-Folder 1 : 12

Arab Americans and Japanese Americans, civil liberties articles 2001-2003

Box-Folder 1 : 13

Arizona Humanities Council, Transforming Barbed Wire, correspondence and publications 1997-1998

Box-Folder 1 : 14

Assimilation and Ethnic Identity in America, panel program 2003

Box-Folder 1 : 15

Baja California, articles and notes regarding fishing, hand drawn maps 1915-1972

Box-Folder 1 : 16

Baja California, map of Lower California and the Northwestern States of Mexico 1930

Box-Folder 1 : 17

Baker, Lillian, articles and correspondence with San Diego Historical Society 1983-1994

Box-Folder 1 : 18

Book Dealers catalogs 1990

Box-Folder 1 : 19

Book Reviews, Japanese American subjects 1995

Box-Folder 1 : 20

Book Reviews by Estes 1980-2003

Box-Folder 1 : 21

Breed, Clara. Dear Miss Breed, Joanne Oppenheim projects 2002-2006

Box-Folder 2 : 1

Breed, Clara. Dear Miss Breed, Joanne Oppenheim project photographs, copies 2005

Box-Folder 2 : 2

Breed, Clara. Exhibit at Japanese American National Museum 1997

Box-Folder 2 : 3

Breed, Clara. Index and description of letters at Japanese American National Museum 1998

Box-Folder 2 : 4

Breed Clara. Forwarding Address Required, National Postal Museum projects 2001

Box-Folder 2 : 5

Breed Clara. Letters, Estes notes, script for slide show undated

Box-Folder 2 : 6

Breed Clara. News clippings 1988-2002 2006

Box-Folder 2 : 7

Breed Clara. Visitor's pass, Santa Anita Assembly Center 1942

Box-Folder 2 : 8

Breed Clara. Miscellaneous 1942-2001

Box-Folder 2 : 9

California Pacific International Exposition, letter to U. Obayashi 1934

Box-Folder 2 : 10

Census info. Japanese in San Diego, demographic statistics and Estes notes 1910-1950

Box-Folder 2 : 11

Census info. Japanese in San Diego, US census statistics, San Diego County report, special 1975 census, The Pan Asians 1970s

Box-Folder 2 : 12

Census info. A summary of a study of selected socioeconomic characteristics, draft 1970s

Box-Folder 2 : 13

Census info. News clippings 1980-2001

Box-Folder 2 : 14

Census info. Japanese and Asians by state, statistics and reports, American Community survey CD-ROM 1998-2002

Box-Folder 2 : 15

Census info. Japanese in San Diego, US census and Sandag reports 1990-2004

Box-Folder 2 : 16

Chicksexing, the Japanese Vent Sexing Method, Dr. Tommy Nakayama ca. 1993

Box-Folder 2 : 17

Chinese American Racism. News clippings, miscellaneous 1969-1970

Box-Folder 2 : 18

Chinese Asian Thematic Historic District of San Diego. Planning and establishment of 1999-2001

Box-Folder 3 : 1

Chinese Asian Thematic Historic District of San Diego. Planning and establishment of 1994-1998

Box-Folder 3 : 2

Chinese. The Anti-Chinese movement in San Diego, 1870-1882, student paper Mary Miller undated

Box-Folder 3 : 3

Chinese. The Chinese in San Diego, 1870-1890, student paper David Fisher undated

Box-Folder 3 : 4

Chinese. The Chinese and Japanese in America, an outline history by Estes 1972

Box-Folder 3 : 5

Chinese. Status of women speech. Estes notes research sources 1974

Box-Folder 3 : 6

Chula Vista sister city Odawara. Friends of Odawara 1995-1996

Box-Folder 3 : 7

Citizenship for equality in naturalization, Richard J. Walsh 1947

Box-Folder 3 : 8

Citizenship textbook on naturalization for citizenship. English with Japanese translation 1979

Box-Folder 3 : 9

Communist political systems, articles by Estes, Richard Gripp and Jean Hanchett undated

Box-Folder 3 : 10

Community activities programs and printed materials 1960-1989

Box-Folder 3 : 11

Community activities programs and printed materials 1990-2004

Box-Folder 4 : 1

Community organizations. Japanese American Associations in San Diego, an examination of their persistence, Sakiko Akika 1976

Box-Folder 4 : 2

Community organizations. Pre-war associations articles of incorporation 1913-1917

Box-Folder 4 : 3

Community organizations. House of Japan 1960-1980

Box-Folder 4 : 4

Community organizations. Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, roster and directory 1998-2004

Box-Folder 4 : 5

Community organizations. Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana education committee meetings summit 1998-2001

Box-Folder 4 : 6

Community organizations. Japanese Consulate of Los Angeles 1998-2003

Box-Folder 4 : 7

Community organizations. Japanese Coordinating Council 1979-2004

Box-Folder 4 : 8

Community organizations. Kiku Gardens. Reports, surveys, programs, residents 1977-1996

Box-Folder 4 : 9

Community organizations, listing of undated

Box-Folder 4 : 10

Community organizations. San Diego Meiji Kai roster 1979

Box-Folder 4 : 11

Community organizations. San Diego Nihonjin Kai history, search for records 1972-2002

Box-Folder 4 : 12

Community organizations. San Diego Yokohama Sister City Society history, precursor to Japanese Friendship Garden 1951-1992

Box-Folder 4 : 13

Community organizations. University of San Diego Nikkei Student Union 1998-2004

Box-Folder 4 : 14

Community organizations. VFW Post 4851 history and property undated

Box-Folder 4 : 15

Congress of History San Diego 2000

Box-Folder 4 : 15A

Coronado Japanese Garden and Tea House, notes 1963

Box-Folder 4 : 16

Correspondence 1973-2005

Box-Folder 5 : 1

Crime. San Diego Nikkei, news clippings 1996-2005

Box-Folder 5 : 2

Demographics. Taiyo Maru and the San Diego Nikkei Community 1910-1912

Box-Folder 5 : 3

Demographics. Japanese Businesses in San Diego 1880-1925

Box-Folder 5 : 4

Demographics. Japanese Businesses in San Diego County 1970 Census data 1968 ca. 1970

Box-Folder 5 : 5

Demographics. Japanese Farm Population in San Diego County table undated

Box-Folder 5 : 6

Demographics. Japanese American Settlement patterns in San Diego. Questionnaire by S. Shinagawa 1987

Box-Folder 5 : 7

Demographics. Japanese in San Diego County, lists by name and by city 1992

Box-Folder 5 : 8

Demographics. California population trends, profiles 2001-2002

Box-Folder 5 : 9

Demographics. Nikkei Businesses in San Diego, Fifth and Island, 1939-1941 listing and diagram undated

Box-Folder 5 : 10

Education. Asian American minority education in San Diego schools, collected reports and papers 1968-1973

Box-Folder 5 : 11

Education. Women in Vocational Education, project application for San Diego Community College District 1976

Box-Folder 5 : 11A

Escheat cases undated

Box-Folder 5 : 11B

Estes, Donald. Biographical material 1966-2005

Box-Folder 5 : 12

Estes eulogies of friends undated

Box-Folder 5 : 13

Farming. Farmers and produce in San Diego 1916 1977

Box-Folder 5 : 14

Fishing equipment and techniques 1982-1998

Box-Folder 5 : 14A

Fishing in San Diego. Fishermen of San Diego, the Italians. Seminar by? William Richardson 1980

Box-Folder 5 : 15

Fishing. Legal cases, Abe, Takahashi and Zacharias, correspondence, articles 1939-1948

Box-Folder 5 : 16

Fishing in San Diego. Academic articles, notes 1983-1996

Box-Folder 5 : 17

Fishing in San Diego. California Department of Fish and Game report and photo inventory 1935 1941

Box-Folder 5 : 18

Fishing in San Diego. Fishermen's Coalition 1995-1996

Box-Folder 6 : 1

Fishing in San Diego. Kondo Masaharu and the Best of all Fisherman. Estes typescript 1976

Box-Folder 6 : 2

Fishing in San Diego. News clippings, articles 1942 1974-2004

Box-Folder 6 : 3

Fishing in San Diego. Offensive Stupidity and The Struggle of Abe Tokunosuke. Estes typescript, article 1982

Box-Folder 6 : 4

Fishing in San Diego. Notes, research, talks by Estes 1939 1999 undated

Box-Folder 6 : 5

Fishing in San Diego. YP346, Estes research notes, government sources 1940s 1997-1998

Box-Folder 6 : 6

Fishing in San Diego. Miscellaneous 1942-2004

Box-Folder 6 : 7

Gakuen, Minato bridge, linking cultures report undated

Box-Folder 6 : 8

Gakuen, Minato Scripps Ranch news clippings, correspondence, Estes notes 1996

Box-Folder 6 : 9

Grant applications and funding sources 1994-2001

Box-Folder 6 : 10

Hate Groups. Map of active groups, Harper's Magazine 1996

Box-Folder 6 : 11

Hohri, William. Rambler's Nemesis. Rafu Shimpo 1996

Box-Folder 6 : 12

Holiness Church. Tom Mukai property documents, day book, Poston Missionary Diary 1938-1978

Box-Folder 6 : 13

Honda, Harry. Correspondence, articles 1994-2005

Box-Folder 6 : 14

Housing. San Diego restrictive housing covenants by subdivision 1913-1959

Box-Folder 6 : 15

Housing. Anti-Nikkei resolutions of San Diego City and County, text and articles 1942-2002

Box-Folder 6 : 16

Imperial Valley Museum, articles correspondence 1992-2004

Box-Folder 7 : 1

Internment. A comparative study of exhibits, paper by Juliette Wong 1999

Box-Folder 7 : 2

Internment. Amerasians multiracials, Japanese Americans, Non-Japanese, articles and correspondence 1986 2002

Box-Folder 7 : 3

Internment. Buddhists in the camps. Daily schedule, sheet music, complex loyalties article in Japanese language 1943-2002

Box-Folder 7 : 4

Internment. article about internment camp newspapers ca. 1995

Box-Folder 7 : 5

Internment. General articles, bibliographies, statistics 1972-2000

Box-Folder 7 : 6

Internment. General camp info. and maps compiled by T. Kojima 1994

Box-Folder 7 : 7

Internment. US government source materials, catalogs, finding aids 1991-1994

Box-Folder 7 : 8

Immigration to America, bibliography ca. 1975

Box-Folder 7 : 9

Immigration from Japan, government regulations, articles 1959-1970

Box-Folder 7 : 10

Internment. JACL Saburo Kido attack, Estes notes 1995

Box-Folder 7 : 11

Internment. JACL role, Lim report 2002

Box-Folder 7 : 12

Internment. Justification by US government. Articles and research correspondence 1981 1994

Box-Folder 7 : 13

Internment. Kooskjia Idaho project 2001-2002

Box-Folder 7 : 14

Internment. Manzanar 1977-1994

Box-Folder 7 : 15

Internment. Maps showing camp locations population statistics undated

Box-Folder 7 : 16

Internment. Photographic record article by S. Danovitch 1980

Box-Folder 7 : 17

Internment. The relocation and internment of San Diego 's Nikkei community, 1942-1945. Matthew Estes, draft 1995

Box-Folder 7 : 18

Internment resisters, articles about 1987 1989

Box-Folder 7 : 19

Internment. Selection of camp names and locations, articles about undated

Box-Folder 7 : 20

Internment. Teaching materials Amy Uno Ishii 1974

Box-Folder 7 : 21

Internment. Video script by Estes undated

Box-Folder 7 : 22

Internment. Gila River, general information 1994

Box-Folder 7 : 23

Internment. Poston maps undated

Box-Folder 7 : 24

Internment. Poston, Hot Enough to Melt Iron. Estes ms published in reunion program 1991

Box-Folder 7 : 25

Internment. Poston. Estes notes 1996

Box-Folder 7 : 26

Internment. Poston. Bureau of Sociological Research, meeting minutes excerpted by Harry Honda 1994

Box-Folder 8 : 1

Internment. Poston I, recollections by residents undated

Box-Folder 8 : 2

Internment. Poston II, background information and diagram 1992

Box-Folder 8 : 3

Internment. Poston news and magazine articles 1992-1998

Box-Folder 8 : 4

Internment. Poston. A place Called Poston, Estes article undated

Box-Folder 8 : 5

Issei. Miscellaneous articles about San Diego Issei, JACL members undated

Box-Folder 8 : 6

Issei and Nisei lexicon undated

Box-Folder 8 : 7

Japanese American artists. Articles about 1995-1996

Box-Folder 8 : 8

Japanese American artists. Estelle Ishigo, Days of Waiting article undated

Box-Folder 8 : 9

Japanese American documentaries and television programs 1999-2001

Box-Folder 8 : 10

Japanese American exhibits. Executive order 9066 1972

Box-Folder 8 : 11

Japanese American exhibits. Robert Nakamura relocation exhibit, news clippings 1970-1971

Box-Folder 8 : 12

Japanese American films. Kizuna, a film treatment of a Japanese immigrant in America 1974

Box-Folder 8 : 13

Japanese American films. Unfinished Business, program 1975

Box-Folder 8 : 14

Japanese American History. Chronology and sources by Estes 1973 undated

Box-Folder 8 : 15

Japanese American History. Chronologies, timelines 1985 1989

Box-Folder 8 : 16

Japanese American History, San Diego. Estes notes, miscellaneous undated

Box-Folder 8 : 17

Japanese American History, San Diego. Estes notes, discussion of primary sources 1973-1975

Box-Folder 8 : 18

Japanese American Historical Society. Nanka Nikkei Voices Turning Points Essays of Southern California 1992

Box-Folder 8 : 19

Japanese American Korean War Veterans exhibit proposal commemorative yearbook 1998 2003

Box-Folder 8 : 20

Japanese American Medal of Honor recipients. News articles, commemorative programs 2000

Box-Folder 8 : 21

Japanese American National Museum. Japanese American history encyclopedia 1991

Box-Folder 8 : 22

Japanese American National Museum. National Scholarly Advisory Council 1989-1993

Box-Folder 8 : 23

Japanese American play and media scripts. The Gate of Heaven, draft 1994

Box-Folder 9 : 1

Japanese American plays and media scripts. Three Stars In My Window, script, audio recording 1995

Box-Folder 9 : 2

Japanese American plays. Sisters Matsumoto, program 2000

Box-Folder 9 : 3

Japanese American Research Project JARP. Notes about Japanese in San Diego undated

Box-Folder 9 : 4

Japanese American social and cultural behavior. Articles and studies 1970s

Box-Folder 9 : 5

Japanense corporate culture in U.S. News clippings 1987-1988

Box-Folder 9 : 6

Japanese diplomatic missions article by E. Taylor Parks undated

Box-Folder 9 : 6A

Japanese diplomatic missions. Viscount Ishii's address 1933

Box-Folder 9 : 7

Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park bylaws articles of incorporation employee handbook history 1980-1991

Box-Folder 9 : 8

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Minutes of the board 1990-1992

Box-Folder 9 : 9

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Minutes of the board 2002-2005

Box-Folder 9 : 10

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Newsletter, The Niwa 1994-1996

Box-Folder 9 : 10

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Newsletter, The Niwa 1994-1996

Box-Folder 9 : 11

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Newsletter, The Niwa 1997-2000

Box-Folder 9 : 12

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Newsletter, The Niwa 2001-2003

Box-Folder 9 : 13

Japanese Friendship Garden, Balboa Park. Newsletter, The Niwa 2004-2005

Box-Folder 9 : 14

Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park. Planning design, city approvals 1977-1999

Box-Folder 10 : 1

Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park. Programs, reports 1994-2005

Box-Folder 10 : 2

Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park. Tom Yanagihara undated

Box-Folder 10 : 3

Japanese Friendship Garden Balboa Park. Yokohama Friendship Lantern Balboa Park 1958-1998

Box-Folder 10 : 4

Japanese Tea Pavilion. Articles, papers, Amero and Asakawa correspondence 1971-1998

Box-Folder 10 : 5

Monuments. Go For Broke, Los Angeles 1999

Box-Folder 10 : 6

Monuments. National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, Washington DC 1996-2000

Box-Folder 10 : 7

Monuments. Poston. Plans and materials, progress, photos, programs 1992-1997

Box-Folder 10 : 8

Monuments. Poston. Memorial Monument dedication program 1992

Box-Folder 10 : 9

Monuments. San Diego. Inscriptions, photographs undated

Box-Folder 10 : 10

Monuments. San Diego. Mt. Hope Cemetery, Toya Tsunejiro articles and photographs 1887-2004

Box-Folder 10 : 11

Monuments. San Diego. Mount Hope Cemetery, Toya Tsunejiro, Tsukuma memorial committee 1997-2005

Box-Folder 10 : 12

Mount Hope Cemetery notes from burial register re: San Diego Nikkei 1869-1926

Box-Folder 10 : 13

National Japanese American Historical Society. Locked In, Locked Out 2001-2002

Box-Folder 10 : 14

Nikkei, Canadian. Miscellaneous typescripts, news clipping 1996-2000

Box-Folder 10 : 15

Nikkei, Latin American. News clippings, magazine article, articles by Harry Honda 1984-2004

Box-Folder 10 : 16

Nikkei, Mexican. Encenada shi Nihonjinkai, article by Harry Honda 2000-2003

Box-Folder 10 : 17

Nikkei, Latin American. Unpublished papers, statistics by Harry Honda 1998 2000

Box-Folder 11 : 1

Nikkei, California. Japanese in California, Carey McWilliams article 1935

Box-Folder 11 : 2

Nikkei, San Diego. References, bibliographies, notes 1972-1988

Box-Folder 11 : 3

Nippon Company articles of incorporation 1909

Box-Folder 11 : 4

Nisei. Miscellaneous articles, news clippings 1994-1998

Box-Folder 11 : 5

Nisei in Uniform, booklet undated

Box-Folder 11 : 6

Nisei Soldiers, America at Its Best, by Eric Saul 2001

Box-Folder 11 : 6A

Ohara School of Ikebana. San Diego chapter directory of members 1977

Box-Folder 11 : 7

Olympics Los Angeles 1932. Cheers for Japanese Athletes, Eriko Yamamoto 2000

Box-Folder 11 : 7A

Oral History Procedures compiled by Estes undated

Box-Folder 11 : 8

Pacific Asian Americans bibliography 1981

Box-Folder 11 : 9

Pan Asian organizations. Asian American Journalists Assoc. AAJA San Diego Chapter newsletter 1999 2001

Box-Folder 11 : 10

Pan Asian organizations. AASA San Diego State University 1976

Box-Folder 11 : 11

Pan Asian organizations. Asian Pacific American Studies Consortium, San Diego State University 1984

Box-Folder 11 : 12

Pan Asian organizations. Asian Pacific American Advocates of California APAAC conferences 1983-1985

Box-Folder 11 : 13

Pan Asian organizations. National Asian American Telecommunications Assoc. NAATA distribution catalog 1997-1998

Box-Folder 11 : 14

Pan Asian organizations. Pacific Asian Coalition PAC memo 1976-1977

Box-Folder 11 : 15

Pan Asian organizations. Pacific Asian Voter Education Council, PAVE 1985

Box-Folder 11 : 16

Pan Asian organizations. San Diego Asian Women Leadership Network undated

Box-Folder 11 : 17

Pan Asian organizations. Union of Pan Asian Communities UPAC special services programs 1974

Box-Folder 11 : 18

Pan Asian organizations. Union of Pan Asian Communities UPAC. The Pan Asian Bulletin 1974-1981

Box-Folder 11 : 19

Description missing 1900-2005

Box-Folder 11 : 20

President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, meeting and report 2000-2001

Box-Folder 11 : 21

Redress bibliography 1982

Box-Folder 11 : 22

Redress Commission on Wartime Relocation. Los Angeles testimonies 1981

Box-Folder 11 : 23

Redress Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Personal Justice Denied part 2, recommendations 1983

Box-Folder 11 : 24

Redress organizations. Committee for Internment Credit 1978

Box-Folder 11 : 25

Redress. Department of Justice instructions 1988-1989


Series 2. Issei Nisei interviews 1909-2005 1971-2004

Physical Description: 4 document boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Transcripts and research files generated by the San Diego Issei Oral History Project (1971) and other San Diego based oral history projects which Estes directed. Includes interviews with prominent and lesser known Issei including ministers, farmers, artists and others; interviews documenting San Diego Kibei and Nisei populations; and group interviews and individual testimony before the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (1981). Documentation includes Estes interview questions and typed transcripts, or when no interview was conducted (for about half of the series), collected biographical or autobiographical materials. The majority of documents are in English. Early documents are photocopies Estes obtained for research. The REgenerations oral history project files are not included in this collection.

Series 3. Japanese American Citizens League 1969-1998 1970-1974

Physical Description: 2 document boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Estes project files showing his involvement in early work by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and other California groups to improve the study of Japanese American history. Documents from the 1970s includes a variety of project proposals, conferences and reports on UCLAs Asian American Studies Center, curriculum development and film projects by Visual Communications of Los Angeles, and JACL workshops and handbooks by Estes for researching Japanese American history at the local level, and for understanding the evacuation and relocation. Also includes bibliographies and collected syllabi for early Asian American studies and Ethnic Studies courses. 1990s material reflects Estes work for JACL to produce an updated curriculum and resource guide and conduct teacher training workshops.

Series 4. Japanese in San Diego primary source files 1887-1977

Physical Description: 1 document box

Series Scope and Content Summary

During 1971-1972 Estes received a grant, took a sabbatical, and worked with the Asian American Study Center at UCLA on a project that aimed to gather primary source materials on the history of the Japanese American community in San Diego County and Southern California. This series contains the results of this work, most of it Japanese language material such as diaries, memoirs and published selections from Japanese books and newspapers. Estes arranged for the translation of Japanese sources to English, and one or both version is included. The series includes directories of Japanese residing in San Diego, some with biographical information. A second grouping of files contains English language newspaper and magazine clippings, arranged chronologically by decade. An index to persons referenced by this series is found in folder one. Those doing local genealogy should consult this series first.

Series 5. World War II internment 1935-1948

Physical Description: 5 document boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

Original primary source materials donated to the Historical Society by the San Diego community as well as photocopies Estes obtained from archival repositories. Materials emphasize the part San Diego played in the evacuation of thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II, and their eventual destination, the Colorado River Relocation Center, commonly known as Poston. Copies of significant government documents include an FBI roster of property holdings by Japanese in San Diego County (1940) and the Colorado Quarterly Census, the War Relocation Authoritys detailed roster of internees at Poston (1944). Scarce materials, sometimes in Japanese, include the Wartime Japanese Internees Family Roster for Crystal City, Texas (1944), a roster of internees at Lordsburg, New Mexico (1943), the collected poetry of the Gila River Senryu Poem Club (1944-1945), and a Buddhist worship book from Roseburg, Oregon. Other camp related ephemera include school yearbooks, Young Buddhist Association (YBA) materials, a comprehensive collection of camp newspapers, and letters from Tets Hirasaki and others to Clara Breed of San Diego Public Library (1942).

Series 6. Newspaper clipping files 1960-2004

Physical Description: 1 document box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Newspaper and magazine clippings on subjects related to Japanese Americans in San Diego, Southern California and Nikkei around the world. Also includes articles about Japanese culture and Japanese corporations in the US. Most articles are from the San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Times and the Japanese American ethnic press.


Arranged chronologically.

Series 7. California Alien Land Laws 1937-1994

Physical Description: 1 document box

Series Scope and Content Summary

Government documents and pamphlets discussing the enforcement of the California alien land laws and tracking Japanese farms and farmers in San Diego County during World War II. Also, a collection of student papers and academic articles by historians about California Alien Land Laws.


Arranged chronologically.