Kinoshita Collection

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The Kinoshita collection (1940s, 1970s, and 1980s-1990s) contains photographs from the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Several photographs show the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the camp's newspaper. The collection also documents the redress movement from its inception. Densho interviewed collection donor Cherry Kinoshita in 1997.

1943-1990

1943-1944, 1985-1990

15 photographic prints, color and black and white

Densho

Courtesy of the Kinoshita Family Collection

Copyright restricted
Copyright restricted

15 Objects

Nisei soldier and the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-1)
img Nisei soldier and the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-1)
T-Sergeant Ben Kuroki (center front), a famous Nisei war hero, poses with the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the Minidoka concentration camp newspaper. Front (left to right): Mitsu Yasuda, Cherry Tanaka, Ben Kuroki, Kimi Tambara, and Kerry Soejima. Middle: Mitsuko Miyoshi, unidentified, Sachi Yasui, Miye Takatsuka, Masako Tsujikawa, and Watson Asaba. Back: Johnny Okamoto, Peter Ohtaki ...
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-2)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-2)
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp, is shown in the paper's office. Far right (left to right): Takako Matsumoto (left) and Elsie Sata. Front (left to right): unidentified, Kimi Tambara, Cherry Tanaka, John Kanda, Miyuki Inouye, and Sachi Yasui. Back: Mitsuko Miyoshi, Harry Nakata, Watson Asaba, unidentified, unidentified ...
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-3)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-3)
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the weekly newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp, outside the paper's office. The Minidoka Irrigator, a weekly paper, ran from September 10, 1942, through July 28, 1945, and contained news about the camp and of the war when Nisei began enlisting. Japanese Americans with a background in journalism worked ...
The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
img The staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-4)
People of various ages worked on the Minidoka Irrigator, the newspaper of the Minidoka concentration camp. Issei were in charge of writing the Japanese section of the newspaper, for those who did not understand English. The Nisei concentrated on stories in English. Front (left to right): Kimi Tambara, Cherry Tanaka, and Mitsu Yasuda. Middle: Miyuki Inouye ...
Sweetheart Beauty Pageant winners (ddr-densho-10-5)
img Sweetheart Beauty Pageant winners (ddr-densho-10-5)
Finalists in the Minidoka concentration camp Sweetheart Beauty Pageant surround the winner. Left to right: Barbara Kurimura, Pauline Tamiyasu, Chizuko Hayashi, Kimi Takatsuka, Noble Kodama, Pearl Hirata, and Fumi Kinoshita. The Sweetheart Beauty Pageant began in the winter of 1943. The contest was designed to lighten the mood of the camp. Each block, or camp division ...
President Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (ddr-densho-10-6)
img President Reagan signing the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (ddr-densho-10-6)
Onlookers watch as President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. Left to right: Senator Spark Matsunaga (Hawaii), Representative Norman Mineta (California), Representative Patsy Saiki (Hawaii), Senator Pete Wilson (California), Representative. Don Young (Alaska), Representative Robert Matsui (California), Representative Bill Lowery (California), and Harry Kajihara, President, National JACL. The man in the back is ...
Governor signing the Washington State Redress Bill (ddr-densho-10-7)
img Governor signing the Washington State Redress Bill (ddr-densho-10-7)
Governor John Spellman of Washington State signs a state bill allocating redress payments of $5,000 each for thirty-eight Nisei state employees who lost their jobs during World War II due to their Japanese ancestry. Front row (left to right): Cherry Kinoshita, Governor John Spellman, Miye Ishihara, and Frank Kinomoto. Back: unidentified, Representative Gary Locke, Paul ...
Governor signing redress bill for Seattle school clerks (ddr-densho-10-8)
img Governor signing redress bill for Seattle school clerks (ddr-densho-10-8)
Governor Booth Gardner of Washington State signs a state bill authorizing redress payments to twenty-seven former Nisei employees of the Seattle School District who lost their jobs during World War II due to their Japanese ancestry. (Information on back of the photograph.) The signing took place at the historic Nippon Kan Theatre in Seattle's International ...
Cake celebrating the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (ddr-densho-10-9)
img Cake celebrating the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (ddr-densho-10-9)
The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was passed on August 10, 1988. The following month, a celebration was held at the Nisei Veterans Hall in Seattle, Washington. The logo on the cake stands for Issei, Nisei, and Sansei. The Civil Liberties Act of 1988 was enacted to redress the wrongs by the United States government against ...
Issei waiting to receive their redress checks (ddr-densho-10-11)
img Issei waiting to receive their redress checks (ddr-densho-10-11)
Four Issei, all at least 100 years of age, waiting to receive their redress checks at the Nisei Veterans Hall in Seattle, Washington. Left to right: Mr. Katsuo, Ms. Wakamatsu, Mr. Ishimitsu, and Mr. Nakagawa. The fifth Issei recipient, Mr. Frank Yatsu, is not pictured. The man standing behind Ms. Wakamatsu is unidentified. The Civil Liberties ...

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