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Yonekazu Satoda papers, photographs, and moving films

 Collection
Call Number: WA MSS S-2897

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers, photographs, and moving films that document the incarceration of Yonekazu Satoda, a Japanese American man, at the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas, 1942-1945, as well as his military service with the United States Army in Japan, 1946-1948. Additional material documents other aspects of his life, especially his education as an accountant, as well as correspondence with friends and businesses.

Material related to his incarceration at the Jerome Relocation Center includes a diary he kept from May 1942 to February 1945, as well as photographs that document the camp and his family.

Material related to his military service includes training information from Officer Candidate School at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, as well as photographs and moving films created during his service in Japan

Dates

  • 1941-1948

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 11 (moving film): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Yonekazu Satoda Papers, Photographs, and Films 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, 2013.

Arrangement

Organized into two series: I. Papers, 1941-1948. II. Photographs and Moving Films, circa 1942-1948.

Extent

3.91 Linear Feet ((12 boxes) + 3 broadside folders)

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.satoda

Overview

This collection includes papers, photographs, and moving films that document the incarceration of Yonekazu Satoda, a Japanese American man, at the Jerome Relocation Center in Arkansas, 1942-1945, as well as his military service with the United States Army in Japan, 1946-1948. Additional material documents other aspects of his life, especially his education as an accountant, as well as correspondence with friends and businesses.

Yonekazu Satoda (born 1921)

Yonekazu "Yone" Satoda was born in Hanford, California in 1921, a son of Otokichi "Fred" Satoda (1885-1968), originally from Hiroshima, Japan, who immigrated to the United States in 1902, and Asano Satoda (1894-1990), who immigrated to the United States from Japan in 1920. He had two siblings, Fumiye Satoda (later Yeabisu) (born 1922) and Masaharu Satoda (born 1924).

Satoda graduated from University of California in 1942, the same year that authorities sent him to the Jerome Relocation Center in Denison, Arkansas. In February 1945, the United States Army drafted Satoda. He received basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, and attended Officer Candidate School at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, as well as Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling, Minnesota. From November 1946 to August 1948, Satoda served as a first lieutenant and military intelligence officer in Tokyo and Hokkaido, Japan. After discharge from the active duty, Satoda served in the United States Army Reserves from 1949 to 1969; he retired as a major.

In March 1961, Satoda married Taka "Daisy" Uyeda (born circa 1928) and they had three children. Satoda worked as an accountant and lived in San Francisco, California.

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.

Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Title
Guide to the Yonekazu Satoda Papers, Photographs, and Films
Author
by Matthew Daniel Mason
Date
2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

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

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
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.