Collection Scope and Contents
Title: Fujimoto family diaries
Date (inclusive): 1913-1968
Date (bulk): 1942-1948
Collection Number: MS 096
Fujimoto, George, Jr.; Fujimoto, Toranosuke (George)
4.58 Linear Feet
Rivera Library. Special Collections
Abstract: This collection consists of the diaries
of Japanese-Americans Toranosuke (George) Fujimoto from 1913-1968, and the diaries of George
Fujimoto Jr.from 1942-1948. The diaries notably cover their experiences during World War II,
when the family was relocated from their Riverside, California home to an internment camp in
Languages: The diaries kept by Toranosuke Fujimoto are in Japanese, while the diaries kept by George Fujimoto are in
This collection is open for research.
Copyright of these records has been assigned to the University of California, Riverside
Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives. All requests for permission to
publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of
[identification of item], [date if possible]. Fujimoto family diaries (MS 096). Special
Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.
Processed by Reajinae Jenkins, 2016.
Processing of the Fujimoto family diaries was completed by undergraduate students from the
University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University
Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR
Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.
Toranosuke Fujimoto was born July 11, 1882, and grew up in Kokawa, a town in the Wakayama
Prefecture in Japan. In 1902 he emigrated to the United States, where he lived in Washington
State and Orange County, California, before settling in Riverside, California. He also
adopted the name “George,” as Americans had difficulty pronouncing his first name. In 1911,
Fujimoto married his wife Suna and the couple became farmers in Riverside, raising chickens
and growing strawberries and walnuts along with their six children. George Fujimoto,
sometimes referred to as George Fujimoto Jr., was born on January 2, 1921, and was the
couple’s first son and fourth child out of six.
In 1942 during World War II, Toranosuke was arrested by the FBI, along with many other
Japanese American men in Riverside, and incarcerated until July 7th of 1942. A year after
Toranosuke was arrested, George, his mother, and his siblings were all sent to the Poston
Relocation Center, an internment camp located in Poston, Arizona. Toranosuke joined the
family after he was released from incarceration, and he spent the following four years at
Poston, becoming a block manager. He left the camp in June of 1946, as one of the last
detainees to do so, and returned to his Riverside farm with his wife.
George resided at Poston until 1943, when he was granted permission to leave the camp along
with his sister and her husband. They relocated to Des Moines, Iowa, where George worked at
photography shop for eight months before being drafted in the U.S. Military. He was assigned
to the Military Intelligence Service Language School, where he took intensive Japanese
before serving as a translator in occupied Japan from November of 1945 until May of 1946.
George eventually inherited the family farm, which he ran until the mid 1960's with his wife
Masako and their children. After his retirement George and Masako moved to Ferndale,
Washington, where he still resides.
Collection Scope and Contents
This collection consists of the diaries of Japanese-Americans Toranosuke (George) Fujimoto
from 1913-1968, and the diaries of George Fujimoto Jr.from 1942-1948. The diaries notably
cover their experiences during World War II, when the family was relocated from their
Riverside, California home to an internment camp in Poston, Arizona. The collection also
includes programs from the United Church of Christ in Riverside from the 1960s, which were
used to wrap Toranosuke's diaries.
This series is arranged into two series as follows:
- Series 1. Toranosuke Fujimoto, 1913-1968
- Series 2. George Fujimoto Jr., 1942-1948
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Fujimoto, George, Jr.
Fujimoto, Toranosuke (George)
Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Poston Relocation Center (Ariz.)
Genres and Forms of Materials