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Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita papers

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-3211

Content Description

Materials relating to Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita's internment at the Tanforan Assembly Center at San Bruno, California, and Topaz War Relocation Center in Millard County, Utah, 1942-1945. Included are letters, in English, concerning Miyeko’s college enrollment and letters, in Japanese, from mother Aoyagi Takita to daughter Miyeko concerning family acquaintances all over the United States and daily life at the Topaz War Relocation Center. Also included are Topaz High School class materials (primarily lesson notes), Topaz Music School and Protestant church programs, 2 autograph books, and 3 drawings of the Tanforan Assembly Center. Accompanied by printed internment camp pamphlets and newsletters as well as printed sheet music. 2 additional autograph books predate the internment of the Takita family. There are also 15 photographs of the Takitas (some with Japanese manuscript captions), circa 1928-1946.

Dates

  • circa 1928-1946

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita Papers is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Vigilante Rare Documents on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2015.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by format.

Extent

2.71 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.takitapapers

Overview

Materials relating to Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita's internment at the Tanforan Assembly Center at San Bruno, California, and Topaz War Relocation Center in Millard County, Utah, 1942-1945. Included are correspondence in both English and Japanese, Topaz High School class materials, Topaz Music School and Protestant church programs, 2 autograph books with notes and signatures, and 3 drawings. There are also printed internment camp pamphlets and newsletters, 1942-1949; 15 photographs of the Takita family (some with Japanese manuscript captions), circa 1928-1946; and printed sheet music, undated. 2 additional autograph books are from 1935 and 1939.

Biographical / Historical

Miyeko Takita (1924- ), a Japanese-American woman, was sent with her mother, Aoyagi Takita, and sister, Aiko Takita (1926- ), to the Tanforan Assembly Center, a temporary detention camp in San Bruno, California, in the spring of 1942, and to the Topaz War Relocation Center in Millard County, Utah, in 1942 October. The Takita sisters were released from the Topaz internment camp, where they were involved in school, music, and the Protestant church, in 1945 October. In 1949, Miyeko Takita was a United States government employee, working as a special services librarian in Munich, Germany.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.
Title
Guide to the Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita Papers
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
July 2019
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

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