Guide to the Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012
SC 14.8

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Ishihara, Terry
Title
Terry Ishihara papers
ID
SC 14.8
Date [inclusive]
1989-2012
Extent
1.0 box
Language
English
Abstract
The Terry Ishihara Collection consists primarily of materials commemorating the incarceration of Japanese Americans at Tule Lake Relocation Center during World War II. Terry Ishihara, a former internee at Tule Lake, gathered these materials that include reunion programs and ephemera, speeches by Ishihara about the incarceration, and a book of memoirs co-edited by Ishihara and Ben Hara titled Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012.

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

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Biographical Note

Teruo (Terry) Ishihara was born in Ogden, Utah in 1927. He was the oldest of 5 children born to Tetsuo and Shizuyo. The Ishiharas moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1939, where Tetsuo ran a hand laundry and cleaning business. In 1942, the Ishiharas were sent to the Pinedale Assembly Center in Fresno, California as a result of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the removal of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. From Pinedale, the Ishiharas were sent to Tule Lake Relocation Center, where Terry attended Tri-State High School. In the Fall of 1945, Terry enrolled at Washington State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to earn several more degrees culminating in a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Between 1951-1997, Terry worked as a mechanical engineer for the United States Navy and the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (now the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), as well as several teaching positions including a year teaching secondary school in Oakland and several positions at colleges and universities across the United States and in Japan. Ishihara’s longest tenure was at Saginaw Valley State University from 1982-1994 where he served as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. In 1997, Ishihara retired from Northern Arizona State University. In 2004, Ishihara co-edited a book of memoirs with Ben Hara titled Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs, which contains the recollections of former students of Tri-State High School in Tule Lake Relocation Center.

In 1952, Terry Ishihara married Simi in Oxnard, California. Together they had five children. As of 2014, Terry currently lives in San Pedro, California.

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Scope and Contents note

The Terry Ishihara Collection consists of publications, ephemera, speeches, and drafts of histories about Tule Lake Relocation Center (also widely, though misleadingly, known as an "internment camp") near Newell, California. Many of the published materials can be grouped into general reunion programs for Japanese Americans incarcerated at Tule Lake during World War II and materials dealing specifically with students at Tri-State High School, which served the school age internees at Tule Lake. Amongst materials created by Ishihara are two speeches, one given at a 1989 Day of Remembrance event and one give at a 2003 Tule Lake reunion.

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Arrangement note

The Terry Ishihara Collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2015

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 Terry Ishihara Collection was donated to Washington State University by Terry Ishihara in 2014 (MS.2014.33).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Steven Bingo.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Heart Mountain High School Tempo (SC 14_10)

Tom Hide Collection (SC 14.1)

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

Mike Mackey Collection (SC 14.9)

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

Fusataro Nakaya Photographs (SC 14.11)

Kenneth Nishiyori Collection (SC 14.4)

Okubara Family Collection (SC 14.2)

Takeda Family Collection (SC 14.3)

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection (SC 14.6)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Ishihara, Terry -- Sources

Subject(s)

  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Tule Lake Relocation center (Calif.) -- History

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Biographical materials 2011 

1 1

Clippings and newsletters 2002-2010 

1 2

Day of Remembrance speech 1989 

1 3

A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience curriculum guide 2011 

1 4

Reunion materials 1995-2012 

1 5

Tri-State High School 65th Anniversary Annual 2010 

1 6

Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs 2004 

1 7

Tule Lake histories 2005-2006 

1 8