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Ikemoto, (Henry) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SPC-2014-006

Scope and Content

The Henry Ikemoto Collection includes materials documenting the participation of Japanese-American soldiers in WWII as part of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team. It also includes materials on anniversaries and reunions for various brigades including Camp Shelby, Rohwer, Military Intelligence Language School, Lost Battalion, Antitank Chapter 100th Battalion, and 442nd RCT. Documents include correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. The collection also includes photographs documenting the daily lives of Japanese American soldiers in Italy, 1944. Of special note is correspondence from American Red Cross volunteer (and daughter of baseball player Ty Cobb) Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatomi. Subtopics include the evacuation and incarceration of Japanese-Americans, the Battle of Bruyeres, the Korean War, war memorials, and museum exhibits. The collection also includes 50 “separated books”.

Dates

  • 1942-2013

Creator

Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Publication Rights

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.

Biography

Henry Ikemoto (1923-2009) served as a soldier in the 100th Infantry Battalion during WWII. He was a Lieutenant Colonel and also served in the Military Intelligence Service. He later served as a Probation Officer for Los Angeles County.

Extent

4 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The Henry Ikemoto collection includes materials on the Japanese-American soldiers of the 100th Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team, as well as Japanese-American evacuation and incarceration in camps during WWII. The materials are in the forms of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, booklets, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, photobooks, books, essays, and newsletters. Of special note are letters from American Red Cross volunteer Shirley Cobb to soldier Kune Hisatoni and snapshots of Japanese American soldiers in Italy.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Mildred Ikemoto, widow of Henry Ikemoto.

Related Material

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials and access to the digital records for this collection please consult: http://csujad.com

Separated Materials

Books in this collection have been cataloged and shelved separately.

Processing Information

Processed in 2014.
Title
Inventory of the Henry Ikemoto Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by June Kim
Date
©2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

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

Contact:
University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747
310-243-3895