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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 incarceration at the Tanforan Assembly Center, a temporary detention center at San Bruno, California, and the Topaz War Relocation Center, an American concentration camp 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 incarceration camp pamphlets and newsletters as well as printed sheet music. 2 additional autograph books predate the incarceration 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

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)

Language of Materials

English

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 incarceration at the Tanforan Assembly Center, a temporary detention center at San Bruno, California, and the Topaz War Relocation Center, an American concentration camp 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 incarceration camp pamphlets and newsletters as well as printed sheet music. 2 additional autograph books predate the incarceration of the Takita family. There are also 15 photographs of the Takitas (some with Japanese manuscript captions), circa 1928-1946.

Biographical / Historical

Miyeko Takita (1924- ), a Japanese-American woman, was forcibly removed by the United States government, along with her mother, Aoyagi Takita, and sister, Aiko Takita (1926- ), to the Tanforan Assembly Center, a temporary detention center in San Bruno, California, in the spring of 1942, and to the Topaz War Relocation Center, an American concentration camp in Millard County, Utah, in 1942 October. The Takita sisters were released from the Topaz concentration 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

This finding aid was revised in 2021 to address outdated or harmful descriptive language. During that revision, description was changed in the biographical and scope and contents notes. References to Japanese-American "relocation" and "internment" during World War II were removed and replaced with community recommended terminology, such as "incarceration."

Previous versions of this finding aid may be available. Please contact Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for details. If you have questions or comments about these revisions, please contact Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library or the Archival and Manuscript Description Committee. For more information on reparative archival description at Yale, see Yale’s Statement on Harmful Language in Archival Description.

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Title
Guide to the Aiko Takita and Miyeko Takita Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
July 2019, updated January 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Finding aid revised to replace outdated or harmful descriptive language. See the processing note for more information.

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Contact:
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Location

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