Finding aid for the John Bonomi Papers

Shirley Liu
Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 830-5680
Email: hnrc@janm.org
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Japanese American National Museum. All rights reserved.

Finding aid for the John Bonomi Papers

Collection number: 2006.22.1

Japanese American National Museum

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Shirley Liu
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Shirley Liu
© 2011 Japanese American National Museum. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: John Bonomi papers
Dates: 1940-1944
Collection number: 2006.22.1
Creator: Bonomi, John, 1910-1972
Collection Size: .25 linear ft.
Repository: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles, California 90012
Abstract: John Bonomi worked for the Brunswig Drug Company and supplied pharmaceutical materials to Japanese Americans in concentration camps. This collection contains correspondences from various Japanese Americans who requested medicine and household materials, discussed payment methods, shared camp life, and friendly inquires. This collection also includes postcards and holiday greeting cards from Japanese Americans.
Physical location: Stored at Japanese American National Museum's collections.

Access

By appointment only. Contact the Hirasaki National Resource Center by e-mail (hnrc@janm.org) or telephone (213.830.5680)

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum (hnrc@janm.org).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Bonomi papers. 2006.22.1, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

Biography / Administrative History

John Bonomi grew up in Los Angeles, California and worked for Brunswig Drug Company shortly before World War II. Bonomi, a representative for Brunswig, sold wholesale drugs to Pharmacists in Little Tokyo before the war. When his pharmacist clients were taken to camp, Bonomi continued to keep in contact with his clients. They wrote to Bonomi on the letterhead of the concentration camp's hospital and asked for certain medicines to be sent to camp. One of the letters asked Bonomi to send a tube of lipstick for her birthday. The letters not only talked of the supplies needed, but also the conditions of the camp, the health of their families, their personal feelings about the war, and discussed payment methods. It seems that Bonomi set up a credit system for those who could not pay him. Bonomi traveled to Manzanar several times to drop off medicine, and also sent supplies to his old clients in Poston, Gila, etc. Bonomi was relocated to Monterey Park during the War, as there was not much of a market left in Little Tokyo. When the war was over, Bonomi moved to cover the Long Beach area.

Scope and Content of Collection

The John Bonomi Papers contain correspondences from various senders including envelopes, postcards, and holiday greeting cards.
Series 1: Correspondences from Frank Kumamoto and M. Nobe, 1942 (9 Correspondences)

This series contains five correspondences from Frank Kumamoto (aka Match), four correspondences from Nobe, and one Christmas card.
Series 2: Correspondences from Masuoka Pharmacy, 1942 (5 Correspondences)

This series contains one Christmas card, one postcard, and five correspondences.
Series 3: Correspondences from David S. Miyamoto, 1942-1944 (11 correspondences)

This series contains one New Years greeting card and eleven correspondences from Miyamoto.
Series 4: Correspondences from Toshiyuki, 1942 (3 correspondences)

This series contains three correspondences from Toshiyuki.
Series 5: Correspondences from various senders, 1940-1944 (6 correspondences)

This series contains one Christmas card, one order sheet document, a postcard, and six correspondences.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Bonomi, John
Archives, Correspondence
Japanese Americans
California
History
20th century
World War, 1939-1945
Concentration camps
United States
Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Pharmaceutical industry
Pharmacists
Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, California)
Archival resources
Forced exclusion
Concentration camp life
Brunswig Drug Co.


Collection Contents

Box: 1

Series 1 Correspondences from Frank Kumamoto and M. Nobe 1942

Physical Description: 9 Correspondences

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains five correspondences from Frank Kumamoto (aka Match), four correspondences from Nobe, and one Christmas card.
Box: 1

Series 2 Correspondences from Masuoka Pharmacy 1942

Physical Description: 5 Correspondences

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains one Christmas card, one postcard, and five correspondences.
Box: 1

Series 3 Correspondences from David S. Miyamoto 1942-1944

Physical Description: 11 correspondences

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains one New Years greeting card and eleven correspondences from Miyamoto.
Box: 1

Series 4 Correspondences from Toshiyuki 1942

Physical Description: 3 correspondences

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains three correspondences from Toshiyuki.
Box: 1

Series 5 Correspondences from various senders 1940-1944

Physical Description: 6 correspondences

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains one Christmas card, one order sheet document, a postcard, and six correspondences.