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Jerry Jiro Yasutome photographs

  • Org. Lot 762
  • Collection
  • 1945-1948

This collection consists of photographs of the Yasutome family, a Japanese-American family from Portland, Oregon, taken from 1945 to 1948. Most of the photographs were taken by Jerry Jiro Yasutome; a smaller number were created by other members of the Yasutome family and by unidentified students at the Northwest School of Photography in Portland, where Jerry Yasutome studied from approximately 1946 to 1948. Photographs taken by Jerry Yasutome and other family members document their experiences during incarceration at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California from 1945 to 1946. These images include portraits of the Yasutome family, including Jerry Yasutome’s son, James Mamoru Yasutome, and his parents, Sadao Kurata Yasutome and Ju Jiro Yasutome; group portraits of electrical workers and a Buddhist Sunday School; and photos of a fire at the Tule Lake high school. The remainder of the photographs in the collection represent the work of students at the Northwest School of Photography. They include photographs of the processing lab and students in classes, as well as portraits taken by the students. Also included are photographs taken by Yasutome and other students depicting the aftermath of the Vanport Flood in May 1948.

Yasutome, Jerry Jiro, 1919-1994

Group Photograph of Buddhist Sunday School Students, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Panoramic group photograph of a Buddhist Sunday School at the Tule Lake Relocation Center, taken October 7, 1945. Over 100 people, mostly children, pose for the photograph outside. Buildings and a guard tower are visible in the background. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Electrical Department Crew, Group Photograph

Posed photograph of the crew of the electric shop at the Tule Lake Relocation Center, taken September 12, 1945. Jerry Jiro Yasutome stands in the back row, fourth from left. A sign in front of the group reads: Electrical Department, Warehouse 348. A list of names on the back of the photograph identifies each crew member. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a long hose in the foreground and a small group of people watch the fire. Handwritten note on front reads, "TL Hi-Gym." Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire Engine at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of a fire engine in front of the Tule Lake High School gym fire. The gym burns in the background and 2 large smoke plumes rise into the air. A few people stand by the fire engine. Handwritten note on back indicates the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames and several scattered people watch the fire. Smoke rises from the fire. Handwritten note on back indicates that the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a long hose in the foreground and a small group of people watch the fire. Handwritten note on back indicates that the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire Engine at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of a fire engine in front of the Tule Lake High School gym fire. A long hose extends from the truck and flames are visible in the background. Handwritten note on back indicates the gym was also the recreation hall, and that this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. There is a person in the foreground. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Fire at Tule Lake High School Gym

Photograph of the Tule Lake High School gym on fire. The building is engulfed in flames. Handwritten note on front indicates this is the gym. Handwritten note on back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Electrical workers, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Two men climb an electrical pole at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. Smoke from the high school gym fire is visible in the background. Handwritten note on the back indicates this was taken December 31, 1945. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Toshiko Morioka Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Toshiko Morioka Yasutome standing in front of a building at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. She is the mother of James Mamoru Yasutome. There is snow on the ground. She wears a skirt and has her hands crossed at her waist in front. Handwritten notes on back read, "Toshiko Moriaka (sic) Yasutome (mother of James M. Yasutome)," and, "1/27/46." This is a duplicate print of photograph OrgLot762_B1F1_009. The date handwritten on this print (01/27/46) is inconsistent with the date written on the duplicate print (01/01/46).The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Toshiko Morioka Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Toshiko Morioka Yasutome standing in front of a building at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. She is the mother of James Mamoru Yasutome. She wears a skirt and has her hands crossed at her waist in front. There is a decorative flower edge on the right side of the print. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "1-1-46," and, "Toshiko Morioka Yasutome. Jim's mother." This is a duplicate cropped print of photograph OrgLot762_B1F1_010. The date handwritten on this print (01/01/46) is inconsistent with the date written on the duplicate print (01/27/46). The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome kneeling and holding his 2-year-old son James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They are outside, kneeling on the ground in front of a building. Both look at the camera. Taken in January 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "1/-/46. Jiro & Mamoru Yasutome (James)." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Yasutome Family, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Sadao Kurata Yasutome, Jim's paternal grandmother (left) standing next to an unidentified woman at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They stand side by side outside, and there is snow on the ground. A building is visible in the background. Taken on December 20, 1945. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Sadao Kurata Yasutome, Jim's paternal g'mother (on left)," and, "12/20,1945." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing outside with his hands in his pockets, looking at the camera. Taken at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in January 1946. Buildings are visible in the background. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro (Jerry) Yasutome, taken at Tule Lake Relocation Center," and, "1/26/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Yasutome Family, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of 4 members of the Yasutome family standing outside at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. Pictured left to right are JuJiro Yasutome, Sadao Yasutome, Toshiko Yasutome, and 2-year-old James Mamoru Yasutome (in front). There is snow on the ground. The three adults look at the camera while Mamoru looks off to the right. Taken December 20, 1945. Handwritten note on back reads, "G'father JuJiro Yasutome, Sadao Yasutome, Toshiko Yasutome, Momoru (sic) Yasutome." Additional note gives Mamoru's birthdate, "4/23/43, Mamoru 2 yrs. 8 mo." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing outside with his hands in his pockets, looking at the camera. Taken at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in January 1946. A portion of a building is visible in the background. There is a decorative flower edge on the right side of the print. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Jiro Yasutome (Jerry), Jim's father," and, "1/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of James Mamoru Yasutome kneeling on the ground at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. He is 2-years-old. There is an exterior wall of a building behind him. Taken in January 1946. Handwritten notes on photograph read, "Jim," and, "Momoru (sic) at Tule Lake. 1/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome standing behind his 2-year-old son, James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They both look at the camera and smile. Taken January 12, 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro (Jerry) Yasutome and Momoru (sic) (James) Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center. 1/12/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Jerry Jiro Yasutome and James Mamoru Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center

Photograph of Jerry Jiro Yasutome kneeling next to his 2-year-old son, James Mamoru Yasutome at the Tule Lake Relocation Center. They both look at the camera and smile. Mamoru's face is blurry. Taken January 12, 1946. Handwritten note on back reads, "Jiro Yasutome and Momoru (sic) (James) Yasutome, Tule Lake Relocation Center. 1/12/46." The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated.

Yasutome Family

Tule Lake photographs

Photographs taken by Jerry Jiro Yasutome and other members of the Yasutome family documenting their time at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California. These images include portraits of the Yasutome family, including Jerry Yasutome’s son, James Mamoru Yasutome, and his parents, Sadao Kurata Yasutome and Ju Jiro Yasutome; group portraits of electrical workers and a Buddhist Sunday School; and photos of a fire at the center. Between 1942 and 1946 the Yasutome family was incarcerated by the United States government at the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California. The Tule Lake Relocation Center was one of ten American concentration camps to which Japanese Americans were forcibly removed and incarcerated during World War II. The Yasutomes' son, James Mamoru Yasutome was born at Tule Lake in 1943.

Yasutome, Jerry Jiro, 1919-1994

Tsuboi Family Home Movie - "1931 Los Angeles"

Tsuboi family home movie, featuring a family trip to Los Angeles and Yosemite National Park in 1931. Footage is in black-and-white.
00:00 - Scenes of the Tsuboi family visiting the Mount Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles. There is snow on Mount Wilson.
01:28 - Scenes of Los Angeles, including a visit to Japanese Miniature Village
01:59 - Scenes of the Tsuboi family visiting a zoo and the Los Angeles Ostrich Farm.
02:59 - Members of the Tsuboi family pose on a rooftop overlooking Los Angeles City Hall. 04:08 - Scenes of the Tsuboi family in Los Angeles. Includes footage of family visiting a film studio, possibly Charlie Chaplin's movie studio. Brief shot of studio's cement slab featuring Chaplin's signature with the date, January 21, 1918.
07:36 - The Tsuboi family visits the Coliseum stadium in Los Angeles
08:08 - More Los Angeles scenes, including a visit to an orchard in a Ford automobile, the family laughing on a rooftop, and an ice hockey game
09:33 - Visit to Yosemite National Park
12:37 - Scenes from California visit

Tsuboi Family

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