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Finding aid of the Frank Nakata Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Nakata collection
    Dates: 1940 -1947
    Collection number: MSS 322
    Collector: Nakata, Frank
    Creator: Oye, Wataru
    Collection Size: .25 linear feet
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Dept. of Special Collections
    Stockton, California 95211
    Abstract: Many of the almost 50 letters are in Japanese and many, but not all, of those have been translated. There are letters from other Relocation Camps in Topaz, Utah; Granada, Colorado (Amache); and Newell, California (Tule Lake). Other locations include: Fort Riley, Kansas and Brigham City, Utah.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    Frank Nakata collection. MSS 322. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Frank M. Nakata appears to have lived in Windsor, California (near Santa Rosa) in 1940 and was briefly in the Pomona Assembly Center before being moved to Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Ralston, Wyoming. He likely returned to San Francisco in 1945. Many of the letters in this collection come from his nephew Wataru Oye (1912-2001). According to his biography (http://www.wataruoye.com/Bio.html), Oye was in San Francisco when World War II started. He was drafted, and trained at Camp Phillips, Kansas. Oye later fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe. He was discharged in late 1945 and studied art at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. All of Oye's letters in this collection come from his times in Kansas. Other identifiable letter writers include: Sadako Arima, Mitsuko Kawashima, Eiko Arima, Eili Uchida, George and Kishiko Hoshide, and Yoshiko Kanashiro. Frequently, letter writers to Nakata would ask about a Mr. Sakaguchi.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Many of the almost 50 letters are in Japanese and many, but not all, of those have been translated. There are letters from other Relocation Camps in Topaz, Utah; Granada, Colorado (Amache); and Newell, California (Tule Lake). Other locations include: Fort Riley, Kansas and Brigham City, Utah. There is also a Japanese Tulean Dispatch from June 22, 1943 that has been translated as well as information from the Tule Lake Union Church.
    Generally, the letters describe camp life at the Relocation Centers. Weather and lack of things to do are the most common topics. The writers occasionally wonder about individuals that they have not seen since before relocation. Wataru Oye's letters illustrate the life of a Japanese-American soldier stationed in Kansas during World War II.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Tule Lake Relocation Center (Calif.)
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation. 1942-1945