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Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers

Identifier: SPC-2018-045

Scope and Contents

The Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers (circa 1880-December 20, 1996) contains 2.51 linear feet and 209 mb of letters, certificates, oral histories, yearbooks, scrapbooks, photographs, and other ephemera related to the Akamine, Fuchita, and Yasumura families. The collection mostly focuses on the Fuchita family, who moved from Japan to the United States around 1916. The collection documents their time in Japan, California, the Manzanar incarceration camp, and their lives after camp.

The first box in the collection relates to school and includes school yearbooks, digitized school yearbooks and diplomas, and certificates. The school yearbooks are from Belmont High School, Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University), and the Rowher incarceration camp. The second box contains letters, family tree information, and material related to the Koyasan Buddhist Temple in Los Angeles. The rest of the collection includes photographs and oral history interviews. The photos, photo albums, and digitized photo albums include images from Japan, the Manzanar incarceration camp, and World War II era military photographs. It also contains graduation, wedding, and family photographs. The oral history interviews were recorded on DVDS, cassette tapes, and VHS tapes. The interviewees include Joseph Ismau Fuchita, Eric Akamine, and Shizuko Akamine.


  • circa 1880-December 20, 1996

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

The Fuchita Family

Kumantaro and Kuni Mary (Yasumura) Fuchita (1891-1967) moved from Japan to the United States around 1916. Kumantaro and Kuni had three children together, Chiyoko Jean (1917), Sakae Frank (1918-2008), and Joseph Isamu (1920-2002). In 1942 the family moved to the Manzanar incarceration camp. Sakae Fuchita left the camp in 1943 to attend the Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He graduated in 1943 and went on to receive his Master of Arts in Religion from the Seventh-Day Adventist Theological Seminary in 1949. Joseph Fuchita registered for the draft in 1942. He lived in Chicago in 1943 and was sent to basic training at Camp Balding in September 1944. Joseph did several tours for the Army until 1948 when he returned home for family matters.

Joseph and Marjorie Fuchita

Joseph and Marjorie Tamiko (Morioka) Fuchita (1923-1980) were married on June 19, 1952, in Alhambra, California. They had two children, Lynn (Fuchita) Akamine (1957-) and Gary Fuchita (1963-).

Sakae and Yasuko Fuchita

After completing two years at seminary school and graduating in 1949, Sakae moved to Japan and began his career as a theology teacher and pastor. He taught theology and history at the Japan Missionary College. In Japan, Sakae and his wife, Yasuko, had two children, Esther Junko and Joseph Naoru. In 1962 the Fuchita family moved back to the United States. Sakae continued his education at the University of Southern California and received his teaching credential for junior high and high school.


6 boxes

2.51 Linear Feet

209 Megabytes (<emph render="italic">, 24 PDF files, 157 jpeg files</emph>)

Language of Materials




This collection includes letters, certificates, photographs, scrapbooks, high school yearbooks, oral history interviews, and other material related to the Akamine, Fuchita, and Yasumura families. Subjects in the collection include the Manzanar and Rowher incarceration camps, Koyasan Buddhist Temple, Buddhism, World War II, and other topics. Most of this collection is digitized and available online.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

The access files are PDF and JPG files stored on the Public Use Drive. Access to the files is available on-site in the Gerth Archives and Special Collections reading room. Please request copies at the reference desk.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection contains two separate accessions and digital reproductions from the loaned material. The first accession was donated in 2017 by Lynn Akamine. After the first accession, Akamine loaned material to the Archives and Special Collections to be digitized for the CSUJAD project, and digital reproductions were created from the loaned material.

A second accession was also added in 2018, by a different family member, Esther Junko Fuchita. Fuchita donated and loaned material to the Archives. Loaned material was digitized for the CSUJAD project and the digital reproductions were donated to the Archives and Special Collections.

Loaned material has been returned to one of the donors.

Existence and Location of Originals

This collection contains digital reproductions created from loaned material. The donors retained the original items.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some of the collection has been digitized and is available at the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project site: Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For more information: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project.

Processing Information for Digitized Material

The Gerth Archives and Special Collections created digital reproductions from the original material for long-term preservation and access. These preservation files (44.1 Gb, 792 tif files) were scanned to and stored on the Gerth Archives and Special Collections Deparment Drive. For more information on the best practices and standards for the digitization process, please see: CSUJAD Techincal Reference Guide

Processing Information for Physical Material

This collection was processed in 2018 by an Katherine Brunet. It was reprocessed by Jennifer Hill in 2019.

Inventory of the Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers
Katherine Brunet
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • September 2019: Related Material Note, Existence and Location of Originals, Processing Information, Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements, and Immediate Source of Acquisition notes were added to the finding aid. Container information, Abstract, Scope and Content, and Biographical information was also updated during this time by Jennifer Hill.

Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747