Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Photographs
Scope and Contents
The Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Photographs (1916-1960, bulk 1937-1941) contain 166 MB (84 JPEG files, 4 PDF files) of digital reproductions which derived from physical materials that were digitized in 2018. The collection mainly comprises of photographs that document the life of Hatsuko Mary Yoshioka Higuchi's Kibei Nisei mother, Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka, from childhood to adulthood. The collection includes images of Kiyoko as a young student in Japan, of her immigrating from Japan to Los Angeles, of her life as a cannery worker on Terminal Island, of her time as an incarceree at Poston with her children, of her husband, Goro Yoshioka, and more. The collection also includes digital reproductions of a short essay written by Hatsuko Mary while she was a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), redress papers, and a handout from a sewing class at Poston Incarceration Camp.
- Majority of material found within 1937-1941
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.
Biography of Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka
Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka
Kiyoko Yoshioka (nee Maeda) was a Kibei Nisei* born on May 17, 1916 in Santa Monica, California. Her mother, Kinu (nee Oshite), passed away in March 1917 and then her father, Tokujiro, passed away in September 1920. Kiyoko was sent to live with her maternal aunt, Kinko Oshite, in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan where she lived until 1937. She returned to the United States and settled on Terminal Island, California where she was employed at Van de Kamp's as a cannery worker. She married Goro Yoshioka (1906-1951), previously known as Kokichi Suruki, sometime in 1937 or 1938 and they had five children they named Hatsuko Mary (1939-), Etsuko Betty (1940-2015), Minoru (1941-1941), Mitsuko Mitzi (1942-1992), and Tetsuo (1944-2011). She and her family were incarcerated at Poston Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona for about three years and moved to Lawndale and later Torrance, California where they purchased a home with ten acres of farmland after being released. She continued working as a truck farmer after her husband passed away in 1951. Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka passed away on August 14, 2008.
*A Kibei Nisei is a son or daughter of Issei or first generation Japanese American parents who were born in the U.S. and were usually educated in Japan.
166 Megabytes (84 JPEG files, 4 PDF files)
Language of Materials
The Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka photographs collection (1916-1990, bulk 1937-1941) includes digital reproductions of family photographs primarily documenting the life of Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka in the years before, during, and after World War II. The collection also includes digital reproductions of a short essay written by Hatsuko Mary Yoshioka Higuchi, redress papers, and a handout from a sewing class at Poston Incarceration Camp. All materials in this collection are digital reproductions.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The access files are 166 MB (84 JPEG and 4 PDF files) that are stored on the Public Use Drive. Access to the files are available on-site in the Gerth Archives and Special Collections reading room. Please request copies at the Reference Desk.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
In October 2018, Hatsuko Mary Yoshioka Higuchi participated in a "scanning day" event hosted by the Gerth Archives and Special Collections in which the event was dedicated to scanning potential collections that were to be digitized. The digital reproductions that derived from this process were then donated and were accessioned by the Gerth Archives for the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project while the physical collection itself remains with the donor.
Existence and Location of Originals
The physical materials currently remain with the donor (Hatsuko Mary Yoshioka Higuchi).
Availability of Digital Reproductions
The entire collection has been digitized and selected digital reproduction access files are available at the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project site: Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Photographs Digital Collection
The Gerth Archives and Special Collections derived digital reproductions from original items for long-term preservation and access, adhering to best practice and standards to ensure the authenticity, integrity, and security of material. For more information on digitization production, please see CSU Japanese American Digitization Project technical reference guide.
The entire collection has been digitized.
This set of digital reproduction access files is 166 MB (84 JPEG files, 4 PDF files) and stored on the Public Use Drive for public use while another set of access files created for the digital management system is 1.39 GB (80 TIFF files, 4 PDF files) and stored on the Gerth Archives and Special Collections' department external drive for staff use.
The set of digital reproduction files is 1.44 GB (105 TIFF files) and stored on the Gerth Archives and Special Collections' department drive for preservation purposes. These files are also available for duplication requests by contacting the department.
- Japan -- History -- 20th century
- Japanese American families
- Japanese American farmers -- California
- Japanese Americans -- California
- Japanese Americans -- Reparations
- Lawndale (Calif.)
- Poston Incarceration Camp
- Terminal Island (Calif.)
- Torrance (Calif.)
- Women cannery workers
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- United States
- Inventory of the Kiyoko Maeda Yoshioka Photographs
- Lindsay Anderson
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description