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Finding Aid for the Shigeichi Kawano Papers, 1942-1945
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Shigeichi Kawano Papers
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1945
    Collection number: 1251
    Creator: Kawano, Shigeichi
    Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear feet)
    Abstract: Shigeichi Kawano was interned at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming during World War II. The collection consists primarily of documents related to the Center.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of 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, Department of 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, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Shigeichi Kawano Papers (Collection 1251). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233245 

    Processing Note

    This collection was unprocessed. Yoko Shimojo reprocessed the collection in 2007, rehousing folder contents and adding series levels to enhance access to the materials.
    Processed by Yoko Shimojo, with assistance from Elizabeth Sheehan, 2007, in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT).


    Shigeichi Kawano was born in Hiroshima Prefecture in 1891. He studied law in Tacoma, Washington. After moving to Los Angeles, California, he managed a hotel from 1916 to 1920 and in 1921 practiced law. As a Los Angeles community leader, he served as President of the Hiroshima Prefectural Association of Southern California in 1928 and was also as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Japanese Association of Los Angeles. He was interned at Heart Mountain, Wyoming, during World War II. He was married Tatsumi in 1920 and they had two children, Kazuko and Akira. He died in 1982.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of documents related to the Heart Mountain, Wyoming relocation center. Included among the materials are: by-laws, codes, manuals, minutes, petitions, reports, letters, memorandums, judicial proceedings, booklets, newspapers, and clippings.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Administrative papers 1942-1945 (11 boxes)
    2. Correspondence, 1942-1945 (2 boxes)
    3. Legal documents, 1943-1945 (.5 box)
    4. Printed material, 1942-1945 (4.5 boxes).

    Indexing Terms

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


    Kawano, Shigeichi--Archives.
    Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)--Archival resources.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Manzanar War Relocation Center Records (Collection 122)  . Available at the Department of Special Collections, UCLA.