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Guide to the Michi Kobi Papers TAM.697

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Collection processed by Heather Mulliner

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 08, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Heather Mulliner to include incorporation of September 2016 accretion Edited by Rachel Searcy to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , January 2017 , September 2020

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Creator: Kobi, Michi
Source - dnr: Nakamura, Maggie
Title: Michi Kobi Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1977-2015
Abstract: Michi Kobi (1924-2016) was a Japanese American actress and activist who was forcibly removed from her home and incarcerated at the Central Utah Relocation Center, a concentration camp (euphemistically referred to as an internment camp) in Topaz, Utah during World War II. The Michi Kobi Papers consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and drafts of her writings. Correspondence predominantly relates to Kobi's study of Japanese American history and the incarceration of Japanese Americans, and includes letters to personal friends, scholars, and activists in the Japanese American community. Kobi's writings include multiple drafts of an untitled novel about Japanese Americans in San Francisco, research files on Japanese Americans, and drafts of her unpublished memoir about her experience at the Topaz concentration camp. The collection also contains photographs from Kobi's visit to the Topaz historic site in the 1980s, as well as audio recordings of conferences and meetings on this period of Japanese American incarceration.
Quantity: 5.5 Linear Feet in 4 record cartons, 1 manuscript box, 1 flat box, 1 media box, and 1 oversize folder.
Quantity: 18 audiocassettes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.697