Guide to the Nabata Family Collection of Heart Mountain Photographs circa 1942-1945
SC 014.12

Summary Information

Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections
Nabata Family
Nabata Family Collection of Heart Mountain Photographs
SC 014.12
Date [inclusive]
.05 linear feet of shelf space, 1 folder
Collection materials are in English.
Photographs of the Heart Mountain, Wyoming Relocation Center, taken circa 1942-1945 (3 items). Black and white prints, including one group portrait.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]

Nabata Family Collection of Heart Mountain Photographs, circa 1942-1945 (SC 014.12)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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The Nabata family of Wapato, WA were farmers who were sent to Heart Mountain Relocation Center for incarceration during World War II, from 1942 to 1945.

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Executive Order 9066:

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration from 1942 to 1946 of approximately 120,000 adults and children of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were United States citizens. They were expelled from their homes and placed in incarceration camps without due process and in violation of their civil rights. These camps were euphemistically referred to as “relocation centers” or “internment camps”. After decades of advocacy by the Japanese American community, in 1988 the United States issued a formal apology and began redress to survivors of Japanese incarceration during World War II.

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of three photographs collected by the Nabata family, taken at Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II. They are black and white prints (4 inches by 10 inches). The other images are of the incarceration camp buildings with Heart Mountain in the background. One of these is stamped "Photo by Oku."

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections  © 2017

Terrell Library

P.O. Box 645610

Pullman, WA, 99164-5610 USA


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open and available for research use.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Acquisition Information

Kazue Nabata Yamamoto donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2017 (MS.2017.16).

Processing Information

Cheryl Gunselman processed this collection in 2017.

In 2021, in response to evolving societal understanding regarding the language used to describe the impact of Executive Order 9066, this finding aid was revised to more accurately provide context to the mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

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Related Materials

Related Material

George and Frank C. Hirahara Photograph Collection of Heart Mountain, Wyoming, 1932-2016 (SC 014)

Tom T. Hide Collection, 1925-2012 (SC 014.1)

Okubara Family Collection, circa 1943-2008 (SC 014.2)

Takeda Family Collection, 1938-circa 2012 (SC 014.3)

Kenneth Nishiyori Collection, 1942-1944 (SC 014.4)

George and Doris McIntyre Papers, 1944-1945 (SC 014.5)

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection, 1936-2014 (SC 014.6)

Patti Hirahara Collection, 1955-2020 (SC 014.7)

Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012 (SC 014.8)

Mike Mackey Collection, 1940-2002 (SC 014.9)

Heart Mountain High School Tempo, 1945 (SC 014.10)

Fusataro Nakaya Photographs, circa 1944 (SC 014.11)

Frank Chin Oral History Collection, 1974-1986 (Cage 654)

Inez Puckett McEwen Collection on Japanese-American Incarceration, 1942-1943 (Cage 4923)

Japanese American Redress Collection, 1976-2000 (Cage 5126)

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Names and Subjects

Family Name(s)

  • Nabata Family -- Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) -- History -- Sources


  • Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945.
  • Japanese Americans
  • Photographs

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