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Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi photograph albums related to Japanese American life

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos 1337

Scope and Contents

Four photograph albums with approximately 650 photographs that document the activities of Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi, approximately 1939-1950. Images are primarily of Muranishi and acquaintances in California, as well as her and William Hitoshi Muranishi in Chicago, Illinois, and a skiing trip at Snoqualmie, Washington. Multiple images in California show her classmates at Washington High School in Los Angeles and United States Army soldiers at Fort Ord.

Several photographs relate to Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi’s incarceration during World War II. These images are of family members posing in front of American concentration camp barracks.

Dates

  • approximately 1939-1950

Creator

Language of Materials

Captions in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi Photograph Albums Related to Japanese American Life 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 Type Punch Matrix on the Frederick W. and Carrie S. Beinecke Fund for Western Americana, 2022.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

Extent

0.63 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

https://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.marymuranishialbums

Overview

Four photograph albums with approximately 650 photographs that document the activities of Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi, approximately 1939-1950. Images are primarily of Muranishi and acquaintances in California, as well as her and William Hitoshi Muranishi in Chicago, Illinois, and a skiing trip at Snoqualmie, Washington. Multiple images in California show her classmates at Washington High School in Los Angeles and United States Army soldiers at Fort Ord.

Several photographs relate to Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi’s incarceration during World War II. These images are of family members posing in front of American concentration camp barracks.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi (1921-1993) was a Japanese American woman in California. She was the daughter of first generation (Japanese: Issei) immigrant parents and truck farmers Mitsuzo Mitsueda (1884-1979) and Sachi Mitsueda (1893-1968). Her other second generation (Japanese: Nisei) siblings included her older brothers Fred Chitoshi Mitsueda (1916-1980), Robert Matao Mitsueda (1917-2011), and Takashi Mitsueda (1919-2005) as well as younger sister Bonnie Haruko Mitsueda Horino (1923-2012). The Mitsueda family lived in San Gabriel in 1920 as well as in Gardena in 1930 and in the Inglewood neighborhood of Los Angeles in 1940. During World War II the United States government incarcerated the family with other Japanese nationals and Japanese Americans at the Rohwer Relocation Center concentration camp in southeastern Arkansas. After World War II, she moved to Chicago, Illinois, and met William Hitoshi Muranishi (1918-1987); they married in March 1945 in Arizona. They lived in Berkeley, California, from approximately 1954 and had two sons, William Hitoshi Muranishi (born 1954) and Leslie Eldon Muranishi (1957-2012).

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 Mary Shizuko Mitsueda Muranishi Photograph Albums Related to Japanese American Life
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
August 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.