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Julia Kiriloff Grill correspondence, 1940-1948.
BANC MSS 2013/231 box 1
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Julia Kiriloff Grill correspondence, 1940-1948


Grill, Julia Kiriloff, 1897-1976, creator, correspondent.


Burdett, Marcelline Tomiko, 1919-, correspondent.


Uyeji, Kamekichi, 1921-, correspondent.


Uyeji, Toshio, 1923-2009, correspondent.


Rustad, Mitsuko H., 1915-2004, correspondent.


Yamagiwa, Nobukazu, 1886-1973, correspondent.


Sasaki, Lilly Yuri, 1910-2010, correspondent.


Hirata, Tamaye, correspondent.


Shkurkin, Irina, correspondent.


Japanese American Citizens' League


United States, War Relocation Authority.


Contains 71 handwritten and typescript letters written by Japanese Americans, before, during, and after World War II, most of whom spent time in the relocation camps. The wartime letters contain descriptions of camp life, news of other Japanese Americans in camps, and personal concerns. Correspondence also includes postcards, two wedding invitations, and a holiday greeting card with a photographic print of two children on the cover. Many of the letters are by Marcelline Uyeji [i.e. Marcelline Burdett], including one, dated November 23, 1942, containing sketches of camp buildings and a dress she is planning to make. Other correspondents include Kamekichi Uyeji, Toshio Uyeji, Tamaye Hirata, Mitsuko Rustad (nee Mirata), Lilly Yuri Sasaki (nee Hirata), Nobukazu Yamagiwa, and Irina Shkurkin. Some letters contain unsigned carbon copies of the typewritten reply sent by Julia Grill. Also contains seven letters written by Julia Grill to the Japanese Americans and one to her husband Frank. Also includes promotional materials from the Japanese American Citizens League and official correspondence from the War Relocation Authority requesting personal reference information from Grill concerning the suitability of Wakana Yamagiwa to seek employment outside of the camp including Grill's response. Includes most of the original postmarked mailing envelopes.


1940 (issued)


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Grill, Julia Kiriloff -- 1897-1976 -- Correspondence
Burdett, Marcelline Tomiko -- 1919- -- Correspondence
Uyeji, Kamekichi -- 1921- -- Correspondence
Uyeji, Toshio -- 1923-2009 -- Correspondence
Rustad, Mitsuko H -- 1915-2004 -- Correspondence
Yamagiwa, Nobukazu -- 1886-1973 -- Correspondence
Yamagiwa, Wakana -- 1882-1942
Sasaki, Lilly Yuri -- 1910-2010 -- Correspondence
Hirata, Tamaye -- Correspondence
Shkurkin, Irina -- Correspondence
Tule Lake Relocation Center.
Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese American Citizens' League.
United States. -- War Relocation Authority.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Correspondence
Japanese Americans -- Correspondence
Concentration camps -- California
Concentration camps -- Idaho
Concentration camps -- United States
Japanese American children -- Pictorial works


Julia Kiriloff Grill correspondence, BANC MSS 2013/231, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Elena Balashova; 20131007.
Julia Kiriloff Grill (1897-1976) was born in Sakhalin Island, Japan. She arrived in United States in 1934 and became a naturalized citizen in 1935. She did work as a translator of Russian language manuscripts.
Marcelline Tomiko Burdett (nee Uyeji; born 1919) married Richard Minoru Terao (1910-1969) in Seattle, Washington on September 19, 1948 and had two children, Richard and Kiku. In 1976, she married Wilson Burdett (1914?-1993). During World War II she was sent to the Tule Lake, California and Minidoka, Idaho relocation camps.
Kamekichi Uyeji (born 1921) brother of Marcillene Uyeji, was sent to the Tule Lake, California relocation camp.
Toshio Uyeji (1923-2009), brother of Marcillene and Kamekichi Uyeji, was sent to the Tule Lake, California and Minidoka, Idaho relocation camps. After the war, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and received basic training at Camp Roberts, California.
Lily Yuri Sasaki (nee Hirata; 1910-2010) married Arthur Hajime Sasaki in Seattle, Washington, on September 3, 1938. In 1942 they were sent to the Puyallup, Washington Civilian Assembly Center (known informally as Camp Harmony) before being sent to the Minidoka relocation camp in Idaho.
Nobukazu Yamagiwa (1886-1973) and his wife Wakana (1882-1942) were sent to the Minidoka, Idaho relocation camp. Wakana Yamagiwa died in the camp in 1942.
In English.


Wedding announcements.

Physical Description:

1 box (0.4 linear feet)




BANC MSS 2013/231 box 1


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