Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers
Scope and Contents
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
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Conditions Governing Use
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.
2.51 Linear Feet
209 Megabytes (<emph render="italic">, 24 PDF files, 157 jpeg files</emph>)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.
Processing Information for Digitized Material
Processing Information for Physical Material
- Inventory of the Akamine and Fuchita Family Papers
- Katherine Brunet
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- 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.