Kaneji and Sally (Fujii) Domoto Collection


Accessions 1-2: The Kaneji and Sally (Fujii) Domoto collection consists mostly of correspondence to Kaneji Domoto from his wife Sally, and his sisters Wakako and Yuriko. The letters primarily date between 1942 and 1952, when Kaneji was on the East Coast looking for work and his family was held at Amache, and after WWII when his family settled in New York. Before the outbreak of WWII Kaneji Domoto studied architecture and landscape design at UC Berkeley and was a fellow at Taliesin under Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1939, and assisted in the creation of the Japanese Exhibit at the 1939 New York World Fair. Accession 3: Misc. school photos and funeral photos. Accession 4: Primarily condolence messages and funeral planning for Kanetero Domoto passing in 1943. Accession 5: Contains group photos and ephemera from memorial services for Kanetaro and Motonoshin Domoto (1949) and Teru Domoto (1929); family photos; black and white photos from before camp (Kan’s Taliesin fellowship and various building projects); photos of camp; landscape and architecture photos from after camp; photos of parade in Hayward, CA; holiday cards; programs and other ephemera featuring Kan’s work from throughout career; Domoto family tree; and letters home from Kan (mostly to his sister Wakako) in 1939 describing his experiencing building the Japanese garden at the New York World’s Fair and joining the fellowship at Taliesin East. Accession 6: Contains grades, school reports, and pen pal correspondence from Kaneji’s early schooling; Kaneji's application to Stanford and records and ephemera from his time there; Christmas cards 1918-1931; Valentine’s day cards circa 1910s; Kaneji’s finance ledgers while studying at Stanford, 1929-31. Accession 7: Contains letters from Sally (Fujii) Domoto to Kaneji Domoto 1945-1952 and Kaneji’s camp diary spanning March 6 - October 7, 1942, which covers the family’s preparation for and relocation to Merced Assembly Center, and subsequently to Amache.



Acc 1-2: 594 correspondence, forms, notes and photographs; Acc 3: 8 photos; Acc 4: 95 documents; Acc 6: 120 photographs, 18 documents; Acc 7: 86 documents, 38 correspondence, and 2 ledgers; Acc 8: 8 letters, 1 document, and 1 diary.


Courtesy of the Kaneji and Sally (Fujii) Domoto Collection, Densho