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Guide to the Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers TAM.236

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Collection processed by Tamiment Staff, 2004

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 08, 2022
Description is in English.

 Updated by Jacqueline Rider to include materials integrated from accession number 2017.074. Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II Edited by Anna Björnsson McCormick to reflect the rehousing of materials  , December 2017 , January 2021 , June 2021

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Akiya, Karl Ichiro, 1909-2001
Source - dnr: Chestnut, Elizabeth Akiya
Source - dnr: Akiya, Frederick
Title: Karl Ichiro Akiya Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1921-2002
Dates [bulk]: 1949-1998
Abstract: Karl Ichiro Akiya (1909-2001) was an activist in the labor and Japanese community both in the United States and Japan. Incarcerated at the Topaz War Relocation Center in Topaz, Utah, he was released to serve as a language instructor in the U.S. Army's Japanese language school at the University of Michigan. Akiya was member of the Japanese American Citizens League, the Furniture Workers Union and the Communist Party of the U.S.A. He wrote for the Japanese American Hokubei Shimpo and literary magazine the New York Bungei. The collection contains subject files documenting Akiya's life and work in the United States and Japan; his writings, including articles published in Hokubei Shimpo newspaper and The New York Bungei, essays, short novels, and an autobiography; notebooks and address books; artwork and photographs.
Quantity: 10 Linear Feet in 7 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes, 3 oversized flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder.
Language: Materials are primarily in English, with some materials in Japanese.
Call Phrase: TAM.236