Guide to the Okubara Family Collection circa 1943-2008
SC 014.2

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Okubara family
Okubara family collection
SC 014.2
Date [inclusive]
circa 1943-2008
6.0 containers
General Physical Description note
4.5 linear feet of shelf space
The Okubara Family Collection consists primarily of materials dating from the family’s time in Japan where Mokoto (Sam) Okubara served in the United States Army during the post-World War II occupation of Japan. Materials include phonograph records, artifacts from relocation camps, and ephemera related to post-War Japan.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Okubara Family Collection, circa 1943-2008.

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

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Biographical Note

In April 1942, the Okubara family was removed from Mill Valley, California by the War Relocation Authority as part of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans ordered by Executive Order 9066. The Okubaras were sent to Granada Relocation Center, Colorado, which was also known as Camp Amache. Harry and Tora Okubara’s son, Mokoto (Sam) served in the United States Army after World War II as a language instructor. Sam completed his training at Fort Snelling, Minnesota and served at the Washington Heights barracks in Tokyo.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains materials from the Okubara family’s time in Japan from 1947-1952. These materials consist of phonograph records, photographic postcards, and pamphlets. The collection also includes two suitcases used by Tora Okubara during their internment at Granada Relocation Center, Colorado and polished wood art, one of which was made at Rohwer Relocation Center, Arkansas.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in one series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2012
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Okubara Family Collection was donated to Washington State University by Patricia Okubara in 2011 (MS 2011-40).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Steven Bingo in 2012. A grant from the National Park Service provided funding for processing and digitization of materials about Heart Mountain.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Tom T. Hide Collection (SC 14.1)

George B. and Doris G. McIntyre Papers (SC 14.5)

Kenneth Nishiyori Collection (SC 14.4)

Takeda Family Collection (SC 14.3)

George and Frank C. Hirahara Photograph Collection (SC 14)

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection (SC 14.6)

Separated Materials note

The following items were removed and cataloged separately:

A buried past II : a sequel to the annotated bibliography of the Japanese American Research Project Collection (1999), compiled by Yuji Ichioka, Eiichiro Azuma.

By order of the president : FDR and the internment of Japanese Americans (2001), by Greg Robinson.

Confinement and ethnicity : an overview of World War II Japanese American relocation sites (2002), by Jeffrey Burton, et. al.

Ellison S. Onizuka : a remembrance (1986), by Dennis Ogawa and Glen Grant.

Just Americans : how Japanese Americans won a war at home and abroad : the story of the 100th Battalion/442d Regimental Combat Team in World War II (2006), by Robert Asahina.

Last witnesses : reflections on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans (2001), edited by Erica Harth.

Nisei: the quiet Americans (1969), by Bill Hosokawa.

The principled politician: the Ralph Carr story (2008), by Adam Schrager.

Suspended : growing up Asian in America (2000), by Clifford I. Uyeda.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Granada Relocation Center -- History -- Sources

Family Name(s)

  • Okubara family--Archives


  • Artifacts
  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Sound Recordings

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Postcards of Washington Heights personnel quarters, Tokyo, Japan undated 

1 1

Pamphlets 1952-2008 

1 2

Inserts for phonograph records circa 1946 

1 3

Photograph of Sam Okubara’s class at the United States Army language school 1946 

Map Drawer

Tora Okubara’s suitcases circa 1943 


Art from relocation camps circa 1943 


Phonograph records. Familiar Waltzes from Favorite Operas 1946 

5 5-7

Phonograph records from notebook 1 

5 8-18

Phonograph records from notebook 2 

5-6 19-28

Phonograph records from notebook 3 

6 29-38