Archival Collections

Primary Resources on Hawai‘i Japanese American Internment Experience

AR 1: Otokichi Ozaki Collection

Collection of personal papers chronicling the internment during World War II of Otokichi Ozaki (pen name Nuin), Japanese language school teacher, tanka poet, HAWAII TIMES writer, song lyricist, radio program speaker. 7 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 1.1 MiB]

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AR 4: Gladys S. Naitoh Collection

Internment related papers, including those requested from the U.S. National Archives to assist with the redress process, creative writing and sketches, and student papers. In addition, there is a draft of a service book for Jodo Shinshu by her father, Reverend Kyojo Naitoh, as well as the flongs (paper matrices on heavy cardboard) of the actual book. 2 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 207.8 KiB]

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AR 5: Terumitsu Higashi Collection

Materials from the U.S. National Archives related to internee Terumitsu Higashi. 0.25 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 62.9 KiB]

AR 6: Catherine Harris and Poston Relocation Camp Collection

Materials about Poston Relocation Camp from a couple who worked and taught in the camp during World War II. Catherine Harris has written the book, DUSTY EXILE, regarding her experience in Poston. 0.2 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 123.5 KiB]

AR 14: Paul S. Osumi Collection

Pre-war collection consisting of diaries, letters, school papers written at USC, newspaper clippings, sermon and collection of internment war year’s military letters, personal letters, organization letters, church letters and bulletins and pictures, documents from the US National Archives & Records Administration as well as a collection of church bulletins and pictures, sermons, awards, family and personal letters from the postwar years. Most of the documents are in English, there are a few in Japanese. 3.3 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 272.3 KiB]

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AR 17: Toshio Saito Papers

Collection consists of correspondence from Attorney Wayne Collins to Toshio Saito regarding the Renunciants’ lawsuit, correspondence from the Tule Lake Defense Committee to Saito with regard to the lawsuit, papers related to Saito’s personal life and miscellaneous papers. 0.5 linear feet.

Finding Aid [PDF 338.5 KiB]

AR 18: Patsy Saiki Collection

Collection of personal papers, interview notes, printed materials, news clippings, photos and negatives, and written testimonies given at redress hearings that Patsy Saiki used to write her book, GANBARE; AN EXAMPLE OF JAPANESE SPIRIT. The book is noted for covering the Hawai‘i internment story during World War II. 1.25 linear feet.

AR 19: Japanese American Relocation & Internment: The Hawai‘i Experience/Dennis Ogawa Collection

The collection was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Japanese American Research Center (JARC) in 1981 – 1983. The grant enabled the gathering of internment related government documents, oral histories, photos, news clippings from Hawai‘i and the mainland, documents, testimonies and miscellaneous papers. 12.2 linear feet.

Historical Photographs Collection

There are approximately 155 photos on internees and the internment camps. Most are images of Hawai‘i internees in mainland camps, primarily in the Santa Fe camp as well as the Rohwer and Tule Lake War Relocation Authority Camps Tu

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Oral History Collection

Out of the 100 oral history transcripts we have on file, 15 are on the internment experience. The following interviewees who spoke on internment are:

  • Grace Sugita Hawley*
  • Edward Honda*
  • Carolyn Izumo
  • Sidney Kashiwabara
  • Mabel Kawamura
  • Masamizu Kitajima
  • Gyokuei Matsuura
  • Stanley Miyahara
  • Carol Murakawa
  • James Nakano*
  • Kenjyo Ohara
  • Muriel Onishi*
  • Sarah Sato
  • Janet Uehara
  • Robert Yamamoto

*Through a partnership with Densho, a non-profit organization that created and maintains a digital repository of primary resources on Japanese American internment (, the Resource Center also has available some videos on DVD of oral history interviews on Hawai‘i internees. These interviews are also viewable on Densho’s website.

In addition to these primary resources, the Resource Center has a large collection of secondary material on the Hawai‘i internment experience.