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Guide to the Tomie Arai and Legan Wong Papers MSS.439

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 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , December 2020

Container List

Series IV. Tomie Arai Early Life and Family, 1937-2006 1942-1965. 10 Linear Feet in 3 manuscript boxes, 1 tall manuscript box, 1 flat box, and 4 oversize flat boxes. 2 sound discs (vinyl) 1 sound discs (lacquer)

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials documenting Arai's early adult life, as well as items created and collected by other family members including her parents, Tim and Tomoe, and her uncle. Arai's school awards, class photographs, and newsletters containing Arai illustrations are mostly from Booker T. Washington Junior High School. Later 1960s photographs of Arai as a young activist are also in this series.

Record albums from Tim and Tomoe's personal collection in this series include a 1937 Billie Holiday album, a signed copy of the soundtrack for the Broadway show,  Flower Drum Song, and Asian American Broadway performer Pat Suzuki's signed album. A history and correspondence related to the New York Buddhist Church in this series relates to the life-long involvement of Arai and her parents in this church community, which also includes photographs from the 1950s of a Bon Odori Festival in Riverside Park. Other items collected by Tim and Tomoe include a print portfolio and newsletters of the Nisei Progressives from the 1950s, publications related to Tim's publication editorial work in the 1940s and 1970s, including a program that also includes Tomie Arai's artwork on the cover.

Material collected from Arai's parents also include items specifically related to the Japanese American experience during and following World War II in the United States. Items include two Japanese American "yearbook" directories from 1948 and 1949, printed in Japanese and English, one for New York and the other for the entire United States. These directories listed addresses for Japanese individuals which included Tim and Tomoe, and Asian-owned companies. A master's thesis including an interview with Tomoe Arai related to college women and Japanese American wartime incarceration is in this series. Other materials collected by Tomoe Arai include general informational booklets, publications, and articles on the incarceration of Japanese Americans with some specifically related to Tule Lake War Relocation Center and the Granada Relocation Center (also known as Camp Amache), concentration camps in California and Colorado, respectively. Also of note in this series are 15 original watercolor paintings of the Topaz Relcation Center by Arai's paternal uncle, Unosuke Sasahi, which were created during 1943 to 1944 during his incarceration. A 1943 informational booklet on the Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado was given to Tomie Arai's grandparents when they were transferred from the Tule Lake War Relocation Center. Promotional material and schedules from a 1991 pilgrimage event to Tule Lake National Park are also in this series

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 48 Folder : 1-3 Tim and Tomoe Arai Phonodiscs -- Billie Holiday, Flower Drum Song Soundtrack, and  Pat Suzuki's Broadway '59
1937, 1958-1959
Box: 37 Folder : 2 A Social Study of the Japanese Population in the Greater New York Area -- Booklet
Box: 37 Folder : 3 Amache Colorado: Granada Relocation Center -- Orientation Booklet
Box: 37 Folder : 4 A Tule Lake Interlude: May 27, 1942- 1943 -- First Anniversary Booklet for Forced Incarceration Camp
Box: 45 Item : 1-7 (Mixed materials [31142054908184]) Watercolor Paintings by Unosuke Sasaki -- Topaz Relocation Center
Box: 46 Folder : 1-7 (Mixed Materials [31142054908192])
Box: 47 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142054908200])
Box: 37 Folder : 5 The Displaced Japanese-Americans -- Booklet
circa 1944
Box: 37 Folder : 6 Nisei Vue Magazine -- Tim Arai Article
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Yearbook / Directory for Japanese Americans -- New York [Printed in English and Japanese]
Box: 39 Folder : 2 Yearbook / Directory for Japanese Americans -- United States [Printed in Japanese]
Box: 37 Folder : 7 Nisei Progressives -- Bandwagon Publication and  15 Japanese Woodcuts
1950, 1952
Box: 37 Folder : 8 Bon Odori Festival in Riverside Park -- Photographs
circa 1950s
Box: 37 Folder : 9 (Mixed materials [31142062835528]) Tomie Arai School Years-- Yearbooks, Newsletters, Awards, and Photographs
Box: 41 Folder : 10 (Mixed Materials [31142062835569])
Box: 37 Folder : 10 Photographs of Tomie Arai in Publications
1966, 1970, undated
Box: 44 Folder : 12 Chinese National Flag on a Stick -- Used at Rally to Welcome First People's Republic of China Delegation to the U.S.
Box: 37 Folder : 11-12 (Mixed materials [31142062835528]) Publications Containing Photographs by Nikki Arai
Box: 38 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142062835536])
Box: 38 Folder : 2 NBA-ABA All Star Basketball Classic Program, Editor Tim Arai and Tomie Arai Cover Art
Box: 38 Folder : 3 Photographs of Tomie Arai's Daughter Masai in The Electric Company Magazine
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Tomie Arai Membership Cards and Local New York Business Brochures
1979, 1996, undated
Box: 38 Folder : 5 New York Buddhist Church -- Anniversary Booklet, and Tomoe Arai History Timeline and Letter
1988, 1991
Box: 38 Folder : 6 Tule Lake Pilgrimage Trip Event Material for Tim and Tomoe Arai, and General Redress Research
1991, 2006
Box: 38 Folder : 7 Honoring Japanese American Veterans of World War II -- Booklet
Box: 38 Folder : 8 Japanese American Women and the Student Relocation Movement, 1942-1945 -- Thesis Including Tomoe Arai Interview

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