Mike Mackey Collection 1940-2002
SC 14.9

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Mackey, Mike
Title
Mike Mackey collection
ID
SC 14.9
Date [inclusive]
1940-2002
Extent
7.0 containers
General Physical Description note
3.0 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
The Mike Mackey Collection contains correspondence to and from individuals who were incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II, and research materials related to the internment of Japanese Americans. This collection also contains videocassettes, the majority of which are from the 50th Anniversary Symposium on the history of Heart Mountain.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description]. Mike Mackey Collection, 1940-2002.

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

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Biographical Note

Michael R. Mackey was born in 1957 and grew up in Powell, Wyoming. He worked in the oil and construction industries before beginning his academic career in his 30s. He received an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science degree from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Mackey then transferred to University of Wyoming where he completed his Bachelor of Arts (1992) and Master of Arts (1993) in History. As part of his undergraduate thesis, Mackey contacted individuals of Japanese descent who had been moved to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center under Executive Order 9066. After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, both Japanese immigrants and American citizens of Japanese descent were forcibly removed from their homes into concentration camps (often referred to as internment camps). Heart Mountain Relocation Center was located between the cities of Powell and Cody, Wyoming, and housed more than 10,000 people of Japanese ancestry between 1942 and 1945. Through his research and correspondence, Mackey amassed several first person accounts and recollections of the Heart Mountain site. After completing his thesis, Mackey continued to write about Heart Mountain and the incarceration of Japanese Americans, writing and editing numerous books and articles. In 1995, Mackey also organized a symposium on Heart Mountain entitled “After 50 Years: Japanese American History: The Heart Mountain Experience.” Mackey has also written books on Wyoming history, and published his first book, Black Gold: Patterns in the Development of Wyoming’s Oil Industry in 1997. Mackey continues to write in Wyoming, where he lives with his wife, Laurie.

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Scope and Contents note

The Mike Mackey Collection contains correspondence, mainly incoming, from survivors of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a concentration camp (also called internment camp) in Wyoming for individuals of Japanese descent during World War II. The collection also contains research materials, including newspapers, scholarly articles, and magazine items pertaining to Japanese American history in general, other internment camps, and Japanese Americans in World War II. There are also 12 VHS tapes of presentations given at the symposium “After 50 Years – Japanese American History: The Heart Mountain Experience.”

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Arrangement note

The collection is arranged in 3 series: Correspondence, Research files, and Symposium materials.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1992-2002. This series contains correspondence primarily from survivors of Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Notable correspondents include William Hohri, Bill Hosokawa, and Mits Koshiyama. The letters include recollections about Heart Mountain, information on publications by Mackey and others, and the information on the 50th anniversary symposium in Powell, Wyoming commemorating Heart Mountain.

Series 2: Research files, 1940-2000. This series contains research files about Heart Mountain Relocation Center, its commemoration, and newspaper articles about the concentration camp. Notably, the series contains a near comprehensive run of the Heart Mountain Sentinel on microfilm.

Series 3: Symposium materials, 1995. On May 12-21, 1995, Powell, Wyoming hosted a symposium titled After 50 Years: Japanese American History: The Heart Mountain Experience." This series contains some administrative files and video recordings of the event.

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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 may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The Mike Mackey Collection was donated by Mike Mackey in 2015 (MS 2015.06).

Processing Information note

This collection was processed by Evelyn Moos and Steven Bingo.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Tom Hide Collection (SC 14.1)

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

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

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)

Terry Ishihara Collection (SC 14.7)

Heart Mountain High School Tempo, 1945 (SC 14.10)

Separated Materials note

Several books about Heart Mountain Relocation Center were separated from this collection and cataloged with the Rare Book Collection at Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections. They are:

Mackey, Mike, editor, Guilt by Association: Essays on Japanese Settlement, Internment, and Relocation in the Rocky Mountain West (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 2001).

Mackey, Mike, Heart Mountain: Life in Wyoming's Concentration Camp, 2nd ed. (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 2000).

Mackey, Mike, editor, A Matter of Conscience (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 2002).

Mackey, Mike, R emembering Heart Mountain: Essays on Japanese American Internment in Wyoming (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 1998).

Mckay, Susan, The Courage Our Stories Tell: The Daily Lives and Maternal Child Health Care of Japanese American Women at Heart Mountain (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 2002).

Takahara, Kumiko, Off the Fat of the Land: The Denver Post's Story of the Japanese American Internment During World War II (Powell, WY: Western History Publications, 2003).

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Mackey, Mike--Sources.

Subject(s)

  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) -- History.
  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Correspondence 1992-2002 

Box Folder

Kakuchi (Bea) Arachi 1992 

1 1

Frank Emi 1995 

1 2

Ada Endo 1992-2002 

1 3

Miyoko Eshita 1993 

1 4

Martha Frankel 1998 

1 5

Ruth Hashimoto 1992-1999 

1 6

Ted Hashimoto 1992 

1 7

Ike Hatchimonji 1992-1995 

1 8

Mike Hatchimonji 1992 

1 9

Frank Hayami 1992-1995 

1 10

Bill Hohri 1998-1999 

1 11

Tabu Hori 1993 

1 12

Takashi Hoshizaki 1992-2001 

1 13

Bill Hosokawa (1 of 2) 1992-1993 

1 14

Bill Hosokawa (2 of 2) 1994-2001 

1 15

Yo Hosozawa 1992 

1 16

Yas Ikeda 1992-1995 

1 17

Frank Inouye 1993 

1 18

Kaoru Inouye 1992 

1 19

Mamoru Inouye (1 of 3) 1992-1998 

1 20

Mamoru Inouye (2 of 3) 1997-2002 

1 21

Mamoru Inouye (3 of 3) 1998-2002 

1 22

Joyce Ishizue 1992-1996 

1 23

James and Toshiko Ito 1992-2003 

1 24

Velma Kessel 1994-1995 

1 25

Thomas Kinaga 1992 

2 26

Kara Kondo 1992-1996 

2 27

Mits Koshiyama 1992-1995 

2 28

Emiko Kuromiya 1992-1994 

2 29

Clarence Matsumura 1992-1994 

2 30

Marjorie Matsushida 1995 

2 31

Miscellaneous/Unidentified Correspondence 1992-2002 

2 32

Clarence I. Nishizu 1993-1993 

2 33

Toyoo Nitake 1992-1992 

2 34

Georeg Nozawa 1995-2002 

2 35

May Ochi 1992-1995 

2 36

Jack Oda 1995-1995 

2 37

James and Kathleen Purcell 1997-1998 

2 38

Requests for Published Materials 1996-2000 

2 39

Bacon Sakatani 1992-1995 

2 40

Eugene Sasai 1993-1993 

2 41

Naomi Sasano 1992-1993 

2 42

Janice (Ohura) Shigehura 2000 

2 43

Mori Shimada 1993 

2 44

Alan K. Simpson 1994-1994 

2 45

Yosh Sogioka 1992-1995 

2 46

Kazuo Tokeshi 1992 

2 47

Jack Tono 1993-1996 

2 48

Arthur Tsuneishi 1992 

3 49

Raymond S. Uno 1993-1995 

3 50

Jean Ushijima 1992 

3 51

Yoshio Watanabe 1992 

3 52

Rose Yamashiro 1992 

3 53

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 Series 2 Research files 1940-2000 

Box Folder

American Heritage Center and Bancroft Library collection transcripts 1941-1943 

7 66

Cody Enterprise article transcripts 1942-1947 

7 67

de Saisset Museum lecture 1998 

3 54

Hansel Mieth and Otto Hagel 1991-1996 

3 55

Heart Mountain Barracks Project volunteer and donation opportunities 1994 

3 56

Heart Mountain Sentinel 1942-1945 

6

Japanese Americans 1942-1999 

3 57

Japanese Americans and World War II 1945-1995 

3 58

Jerome and Rowher - Arkansas relocation centers 1951-1989 

3 59

Laramie Republican and Northern Wyoming Daily News article transcripts 1941-1946 

7 68

Miscellaneous 1976-2009 

7 69

John A. Nelson diary notes 1942-1943 

7 70

Notice of Dissatisfaction and Demand; Conference panel with Mits Koshiyama 1943-1999 

3 60

Powell Tribune article transcripts 1941-1942 

7 71

Powell Tribune supplement - Heart Mountain Relocation Camp 50 Year Remembrance. 10/13/1992 

3 61

Powell Tribune, Issue 22, 78th Year 4/4/1992 

3 62

Reports on Heart Mountain and Cody Enterprises 1942-2000 

3 63

Rock Springs Daily Rocket article transcripts 1942-1944 

7 72

Sheridan Daily, Woming Eagle, and Wyoming State Journal article transcripts 1940-1942 

7 73

Wyoming State Tribune article transcripts 1940-1946 

7 74

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 Series 3 Symposium materials 1995 

Box Folder

After 50 Years - Japanese American History: The Heart Mountain Experience symposium leaflet 1995 

3 64

After 50 Years - Japanese American History: The Heart Mountain Experience symposium 1995 

3 65

VHS recording 1: Frank Van Nuys Presentation, May 19, 1995, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

4

VHS recording 2: Yugi Ichioka Presentation, May 19, 1995, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

4

VHS recording 3: Dr. Roger Daniels Presentation; Bacon Sakatani Presentation, May 19, 1995, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

4

VHS recording 4: Bill Hosokawa presentation; Velma Kessel presentation, May 20, 1995 1995 

4

VHS recording 5: Judge Raymond Uno presentation, May 20, 1995 1995 

4

VHS recording 6: Dr. Frank Inouye presentation given by Dr. Allen Inouye; Jack Tono presentation, May 20, 1995, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

5

VHS recording 7: Sam Fujishin presentation; Dr Arthur Hansen presentation, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

5

VHS recording 8: Dr. Roger Daniels presentation; Dr. Lane Hirabayashi presentation, 50th Annivesary Symposium 1995 

5

VHS recording 9: Dr. Don Nakanishi presentation; Dr. Scott Bills and Dr. Phil Roberts presentation, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

5

VHS recording 10: Dr. Phil Roberts presentation; Dr. Peter Simpson presentation, 50th Anniversary Symposium 1995 

5

VHS recording 11: Discussion: Drs. Bills, Roberts, Nakanishi, May 21, 1995 1995 

6

VHS recording 12: copy of 8mm movies of Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1942-1945 1990s 

6

Hi8 recording 1: Excursion to relocation center site. 1995 

6

Hi8 recording 2: Reception presentation. 1995 

6

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