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Finding Aid for the Sumitomo Bank of California photographs, 1976
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sumitomo Bank of California photographs
    Date (inclusive): 1976
    Collection number: 2010
    Creator: Sumitomo Bank of California
    Extent: 2 oversize boxes (Box 765 and 873)
    Abstract: The Sumitomo Bank of California Photographs are enlarged and mounted black and white reproductions of photographs depicting the accomplishments and daily life of Japanese Americans from 1887 to 1976. The majority of the photographs document Japanese living on the west coast, particularly in California. These photograph reproductions were originally part of "The Japanese American Contribution" exhibit hosted by the Sumitomo Bank of California in 1976.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    The Japanese American Research Project (JARP) was established in 1962 jointly by the Japanese American Citizens League and the University of California, Los Angeles. Materials in the collection were donated after JARP was established.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Kelley Wolfe Bachli, Winter 2008.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Sumitomo Bank of California photographs (Collection 2010). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233210 


    In 1953, the Sumitomo Bank of California was founded in Los Angeles and provided financial assistance to emerging Japanese businessmen. In 1955, it opened another branch in Sacramento. By 1976, it operated twenty-three branches in California and was headquartered in San Francisco. In 1976, it hosted a photograph exhibit entitled "The Japanese American Contribution" which celebrated the bicentennial of Japanese immigration to the U.S.

    Scope and Content

    The photographs from the Sumitomo Bank of California exhibit, "The Japanese American Contribution," document the accomplishments and daily life of the Japanese in the U.S., from early immigrants to contemporary figures. The photographs are in black and white and the originals from which they were produced range in date from 1887 to 1976. The original photographs were lent for reproduction by various contributors in California. The reproductions were enlarged and mounted on boards. The scope and content note for each photograph was taken directly from the exhibit's photo captions.
    All of the photographs depict Japanese American life on the west coast; all the photographs were taken in California, with the exception of two photographs from Washington state and Hawaii. Photographs of accomplishments include the first Japanese-owned nursery in California, Issei (first generation Japanese) who served in World War I, Ken Nakazawa, the first Japanese professor at USC, Chiura Obata, the first Japanese art professor at UC Berkeley, actor / movie star Sessue Hayakawa, the founders of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), architect Minoru Yamasaki, Olympic coach Yoshihiro Uchida, Olympic athlete Makoto Sakamoto, Olympic medalist Tommy Kono, President Gerald Ford signing the termination of Executive Order 9066. Photographs of daily life include Gizaemon Akahoshi, a Japanese laundryman, Japanese railroad workers, fishermen, farmers, and students, Los Angeles Little Tokyo in the early 1900s, Nihonmachi (Little Tokyo) in San Francisco during the 1930s, an early group of newly naturalized Isseis, the Sumitomo Bank of California branches in Los Angeles and Sacramento, Nisei Week festival in Los Angeles, Cherry Blossom festival in San Francisco, and the Manzanar internment camp.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The photographs are separated by size and arranged by chronological order within each box.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Sumitomo Bank of California --Archives.
    Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles).

    Genres and Forms of Material


    Related Material

    Japanese American Research Project Collection of Material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010)  . Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.