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[Inai family photograph albums of Japanese Americans in Solano County, Calif.].
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[Inai family photograph albums of Japanese Americans in Solano County, Calif.]


Photographs, chiefly adhered to disbound album leaves, documenting the middle-class Inai family of the Elmira and Vacaville region of Solano County -- including father Kwantaro, mother Teru, and children Josephine, Helen, Julia, George and Francis -- and their local Japanese American milieu in the decades preceding World War II. (Prior to the second world war, Vacaville had one of the largest populations of Japanese American residents of any city in California.) Primarily snapshots, the images chiefly depict everyday domestic activities and leisure outings. In many scenes, individuals are depicted in traditional Japanese attire. One album seems to pertain to family members, friends and associates. Another album mostly depicts the high school years of at least one of the Inai daughters. Collection also includes some studio portraits. Many individuals and specific locations are unidentified.


1915 (issued)


Japanese Americans -- California -- Solano County -- Photographs
Japanese American families -- California -- Solano County -- Photographs
High school students -- California -- Solano County -- Photographs
High school students
Japanese American families
Japanese Americans
Vacaville (Calif.) -- Photographs
California -- Solano County
California -- Vacaville
Inai family -- Archives
Inai family -- Photographs


Title devised by cataloger.
Compiled by members of the Inai family.
Photograph albums disbound, consisting only of loose leaves, as received.
One album includes descriptive captions, all in English. Backs of some loose photographs include descriptive annotations, some in English, others in Japanese.
Purchase from Langdon Manor Books LLC ; 2022.
In 1942, some members of the Inai family, including Kwantaro, Helen, Francis and George, were interned in the Gila River War Relocation Center.
Inai family photograph albums of Japanese Americans in Vacaville, Calif., BANC PIC 2022.111, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

approximately 190 photographs in 1 box : chiefly gelatin silver prints adhered to disbound album leaves ; prints and leaves various sizes