Guide to the Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection 1936-2014
SC 14.6

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Okumura, Mari
Title
Mari Tsuruyama Okumura collection
ID
SC 14.6
Date [inclusive]
1936-2014
Extent
2.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
0.2 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection consists of photographs of the Tsuruyama family from 1936-1946, including photographs from the family's incarceration at Heart Mountain Relocation and Tule Lake Relocation. Prior to World War II, the Tsuruyama family lived in San Jose, California.

Preferred Citation note

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection, 1936-2014

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

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Biographical/Historical note

In 1936 Tatsuya Tsuruyama arrived in Los Angeles, California. He returned to Japan in 1940 to marry Miyo Karubi. Later that year, the couple moved to San Jose, California, where their first son, Shigenobu, was born on July 3, 1941. On May 29, 1942, the Tsuruyamas were sent to Santa Anita, California as part of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. On September 1, 1942, they were sent to Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, where they spent the initial part of their incarceration before being sent to Tule Lake in 1944. On October 22, their first daughter, Ruri was born. On May 17, 1944, the Tsuruyamas were transferred to Tule Lake Relocation Center in Northern California. On November 20, 1944, their second daughter, Mari was born. By August 15, 1945, the family left Tule Lake and travelled to Santa Fe, New Mexico before moving to Portland, Oregon. By January 13, 1946, the family moved again to Uraga, Japan.

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Scope and Contents note

The Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection consists of several photographs taken between 1936 and 1946. Many of the photographs prior to 1940 depict Tatsuya as an official in a Buddhist Church in Los Angeles, California. The photographs from 1940-1942 are of the family in San Jose, California and Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. The photographs from 1944-1945 are from both Heart Mountain and Tule Lake Relocation Center. The collection also includes a relief carving of Heart Mountain and some secondary documents about the Tsuruyama family.

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Arrangement note

This collection is arranged at the folder level in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

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

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

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 Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection was donated to Washington State University by Mari Okumura in 2014.

Processing Information note

Steven Bingo processed the collection in 2014.

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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)

Okubara Family Collection (SC 14.2)

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

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • California
  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) -- History -- Sources.
  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans--California--History--20th century.
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
  • Tule Lake Relocation Center (Calif.) -- History -- Sources.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Background information undated 

1 1

Photographs 1936-1940 

1 2

Photographs 1940-1942 

1 3

Photographs 1944-1945 

1 4

Photograph taken in Santa Fe, New Mexico July 18, 1945 

1 5

Tsuruyama family history 2012-2014 

1 6

Relief carving of Heart Mountain Relocation Center undated 

2