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Paul Shimada Papers


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Kiyoshi Paul Shimada (1916-2003), a Japanese American farmer from Lodi, California, who was incarcerated at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas along with his family during World War II. In 1943, Shimada joined the U.S. Army along with his two brothers.

Consists primarily of correspondence to Kiyoshi Paul Shimada (1916-2003), a Japanese American farmer from Lodi, California, who was imprisoned along with his family during World War II. The collection includes handwritten letters, postcards, and invitations from various friends and family; photographs with negatives; and an envelope with receipts for a store located in Arkansas. The photographs and negatives appear to be from the latter part of the 20th century, after Shimada's incarceration at Rohwer.

The correspondence are addressed to Rohwer, where Shimada was imprisoned from September 1942 through July 1943 before joining the U.S. Army like his two brothers, Isamu Shimada and Tsuyoshi Shimada. Some of the correspondents in the collection were Japanese American friends at other concentration camps: Mabel Miyagishima, who was incarcerated at the Stockton Assembly Center; George Miyama, at the Granada Relocation Center; Fred Ouye, at the Tule Lake Relocation Center; and a letter in Japanese from someone who was incarcerated at the Gila Relocation Center. Paul Shimada also received letters from his brothers after they had joined the U.S. Army. The other letters are from people back home in Lodi, California.

Materials are arranged chronologically by year.

Purchased from Johnson Rare Books & Archives in 2022 (AM 2023-042).

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2022. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in 2022, incorporating some description from the dealer.

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Amy C. Vo
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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Paul Shimada Papers, 1942-1943. 0.2 linear feet.
Physical Description

0.2 linear feet

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