Guide to the Kenneth Nishiyori Collection, 1942-1944
SC 014.4

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Nishiyori, Kenneth
Kenneth Nishiyori collection
SC 014.4
Date [inclusive]
1.0 box
The Kenneth Nishiyori Collection contains on issue of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center Quarterly Census from March 1944 and several documents from the Tule Lake mess halls dating from 1942-1943.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Kenneth Nishiyori Collection.

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

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Historical Note

In 1942, the Nishiyori family was removed from their home on Vashon Island, Washington and sent to Pinedale Assembly Center in Central California by the War Relocation Authority as part of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans authorized by Executive Order 9066. At the time of their forced relocation, the Nishoyori family consisted of Yukichi, Fuyo, and their children Meiko and Monty. The family spent the internment at Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California. After leaving Tule Lake, the family returned to Vashon Island.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection contains the March 31, 1944 quarterly census for Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming. This census includes the names of over 9000 individuals who were incarcerated at Heart Mountain at the time, as well as birth dates, citizenship status, barrack number, and the family number assigned by the War Relocation Administration.

The collection also contains menus and administrative documents from Tule Lake Relocation Center, where Kenneth's grandfather Yukichi was a senior steward. The menus list what was served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Memos and other documentation include recipes, policies, and training documents for mess hall staff. This includes documents on the duties of the kitchen and wait staff, notifications on changes in mess hall procedures, and a training outline for wait staff.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged in a single series.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2014
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

The Kenneth Nishiyori Collection is in the public domain. No restrictions apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Heart Mountain Relocation Center Quarterly Census, was donated to Washington State University by Kenneth W. Nishiyori in 2011 (MS 2011-41).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Steven Bingo.

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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)

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

Takeda Family Collection (SC 14.3)

Okubara Family Collection (SC 14.2)

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection (SC 14.6)

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) -- History -- Sources
  • Tule Lake Relocation center (Calif.) -- History -- Sources


  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

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