Estelle (Peck) Ishigo (1899- ) was born in Oakland, California. She attended Otis Art Institute where she met and married
San Franciscan Nisei, Arthur Ishigo (ca. 1929). Following Pearl Harbor, both were fired from their jobs and Arthur was ordered
to a concentration camp. Estelle voluntarily accompanied him, and they were eventually assigned to Heart Mountain concentration
camp in Wyoming. Estelle documented life at the camp through her artwork. The collection consists of documents, records, correspondence,
photographs, paintings, pencil drawings and sketches, and watercolor sketches related to Estelle Ishigo's life in the Pomona
Assembly Center, California and the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming. There is also material related to the Ishigo's
postwar resettlement in Southern California.
Estelle (Peck) Ishigo was born in Oakland, California, 1899; attended Otis Art Institute; met and married San Franciscan Nisei,
Arthur Ishigo (ca. 1929); following Pearl Harbor, both were fired from their jobs and Arthur ordered to a concentration camp;
Estelle voluntarily accompanied him and they were eventually assigned to Heart Mountain concentration camp in Wyoming; Estelle
documented life at the camp through her artwork; they lived in poverty for many years following the war; Arthur died, 1957;
fellow Heart Mountain inmates helped Ishigo republish her 1972 book, Lone Heart Mountain, ca. 1984; filmmaker Steven Okazaki made a documentary of Ishigo's life titled, Days of Waiting; she died before seeing the film (1990).Estelle Ishigo was a Caucasian artist and daughter of a concert singer and portrait and landscape artist. Born in Oakland,
California, Estelle was surrounded by music and art. At age four, she showed promising abilities in painting and singing.
By age twelve, she learned to play the violin.
5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
6 oversize boxes
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