Poston concentration camp photograph album of Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi, ca.1942-1945
Photograph album compiled by Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi, a teenaged girl incarcerated at the Poston Relocation Center in Arizona, documenting her experience at the concentration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research.
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Extent.96 linear feet (1 folio box)
Collection contains one photograph album compiled by Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi, a teenaged girl incarcerated at the Poston Relocation Center, a concentration camp in Arizona for Japanese Americans during World War II. There are formal portraits and informal snapshots of family and friends, taken outside at the camp. Many of the photographs feature small children. One photograph is taken in front of the "Rainbow Mart" at the camp, and many show camp barracks in the background. There are also several photographs of Japanese American soldiers in uniform, and women wearing traditional kimonos as well as graduation gowns and caps. Many photographs are captioned with names, and several are inscribed to Nannette, Toshiko, or Toshi. Some photographs were removed before the album was acquired.
Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi was born June 19, 1925, to Masayg Sakanishi and Ikuhei Nakahara in Taft, California. Of Japanese descent, Kawaguchi and her family were incarcerated at the Poston Relocation Center, a concentration camp for Japanese Americans, in May 1942. She attended high school at the camp, graduating from the Poston 1 Senior High School in 1943. Kawaguchi was released October 6, 1945. On November 5, 1945, she married Tusgio Kawaguchi. Kawaguchi died on August 24, 2000.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2022-M122
The Poston concentration camp photograph album of Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi was acquired by the Schlesinger Library from Between the Covers Rare Books, June 2022.
Processed: October 2022
By: Paula Aloisio
The Schlesinger 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. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- Kawaguchi, Toshiko Nannette Nakahara, 1925-2000. Poston concentration camp album of Toshiko Nannette Nakahara Kawaguchi, ca.1942-1945
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund and the Kim A. Bendheim Fund.
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