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Guide to the Alaska’s Japanese Pioneers Research Project records
1990-1991

Collection number: HMC-0374.
Creator: Alaska’s Japanese Pioneers Research Project.
Title: Alaska’s Japanese Pioneers Research Project records.
Dates: 1990-1991.
Volume of collection: 0.8 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Project records and interviews documenting Japanese pioneers in Alaska.

Organizational history:
This project began in 1990 in order to gather and establish a resource of primary information about Japanese pioneers in Alaska. It was sponsored by the Alaska Historical Society and funded by the Alaska Humanities Forum. It was endorsed by the Japanese Society of Alaska and the Consul General of Japan located in Alaska. The project staff included Carol Hoshiko, project manager; Kazumi Heshiki, survey manager; Ronald Inouye, technical advisor. Each member of the staff was also a project interviewer. Steven Haycox, professor at the University of Alaska, was the project advisor. In addition, there were two professional transcribers as well as other volunteer staff members. The project's focus was oral history interviews of Japanese pioneers defined as those who arrived in Alaska up to 1942. Nineteen interviews were conducted.

Collection description:
This collection consists of the records of the Alaska's Japanese Pioneers Research Project. Included are project records, interview transcripts, and interview tape cassettes. The project records include project summary, financial reports, interview and survey exhibits, promotional materials, presentations and evaluations. The transcripts identify the interviewee, interviewer, place, date, and transcriber. The majority of the transcripts were only minimally edited, while one transcript was extensively edited. The tape cassettes are recordings of the original interview.

Arrangement: The collection is divided into three series: project records, interview transcripts, and interview tape cassettes. Project records are arranged by type.  Interview transcripts and tape cassettes are in alphabetical order by interviewee.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Use restrictions: The written authorization of the interviewee is required for the publication of substantial parts of the interview as well as of the entire interview. The interviewee's authorization is also required for commercial use of the transcripts.

Rights note: The Archives does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Alaska’s Japanese Pioneers Research Project Records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: This collection was presented to the archives by Carol Hoshiko, project manager of the Alaska's Japanese Pioneers Research Project in 1991. Copies of the collection have been placed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Southeast.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffery Sinnott in 1998. The guide to this collection was revised by Mariecris Gatlabayan in 2010.

Container list:
Series 1. Project records; 1990-1991. 0.1 cu. ft. This series consists of a bound set of records relating to the history and operation of the project. Included are the project logo, project summary, financial reports, interview and survey exhibits, promotional materials, presentations and media coverage, and evaluations.


Box/Folder

Description

1/1

Project records

Series 2. Interview transcripts; 1990-1991, 1994. 0.5 cu. ft. This series consists of transcripts of project interviews arranged generally in alphabetical order. They identify the interviewee, interviewer, place and date of interview, and transcriber. Most have received only minimal editing by the interviewee.


Box/
Folder

Description

Date

1/2

Alaska's Japanese Pioneers - Faces, Voices, Stories: A Synopsis of Selected Oral History Transcripts - by Ronald K. Inouye, Carol Hoshiko, Kazumi Heshiki

1994

1/3

Tad and Cherry Fujioka; Juneau, Alaska. Interviewers: Kazumi Heshiki and Ron Inouye.

1990 December 9

1/4

Patrick K. Hagiwara; Bellevue, Washington.  Interviewer: Carol Hoshiko.

1991 May 17

1/5

Hana Yasuda Kangas (First Interview); Palmer, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1990 December 2

1/6

Hana Yasuda Kangas (Second Interview); Palmer, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1991, February

1/7

Mamie Moto Karmun; Anchorage, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye, Carol Hoshiko, Kazumi Heshiki.

1991 February 22

1/8

William Y. Kimura; Anchorage, Alaska. Interviewer: Gail Hoshiko-Reed. (2 copies)

1990 August 17

1/9

Mack and Harue Mori; Seattle, Washington. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1991 October 13

1/10

Marie Matsuno Nash; Anchorage, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1991 February 23

1/11

Komatsu Ohashi and Hope Ohashi; Ketchikan, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye, Kazumi Heshiki.

1990 December 8

1/12

Robert T. Ohashi; Seattle, Washington. Interviewer: Carol Hoshiko.

1990 October 23

2/1

Alice Mikami Snodgrass; Palmer, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1991 May 5

2/2

Isamu Taguchi; Juneau, Alaska. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1990 October 19 and 20

2/3

Irene Takizawa and Helen Nakashima; Seattle, Washington. Interviewer: Carol Hoskiko (2 copies).

1990 October 4

2/4

William N. Tatsuda; Ketchikan, Alaska. Interviewer: Tony Nakazawa.

1990 December 12

2/5

Ethel Terashita and Walter Fukuyama; Seattle, Washington. Interviewer: Carol Hoshiko. Note: This transcript was extensively edited.

1991 May 17

2/6

George Yanagimachi; Seattle, Washington. Interviewer: Ron Inouye.

1991 October 14

Series 3. Interview tape cassettes; 1990-1991. 0.2 cu. ft. This series consist of the project’s oral interviews on tape cassettes. The cassettes are arranged in alphabetical order.


Box/
Folder

Description

2/7

Tad and Cherry Fujioka.

2/8-2/9

Patrick K. Hagiwara: 2 tapes.

2/10-2/11

Hana Yasuda Kangas, first interview: 2 tapes.

2/12

Mamie Moto Karmun.

2/13

William Y. Kimura.

2/14-2/15

Mack and Harue Mori: 2 tapes.

2/16-2/17

Marie Matsuno Nash: 2 tapes.

2/18

Komatsu and Hope Ohashi.

2/19

Robert T. Ohashi.

2/20

Alice Mikami Snodgrass.

2/21-2/22

Isamu (Sam) Taguch: 2 tapes.

2/23

William N. Tatsuda.

2/24-2/25

Ethel Terashita and Walter Fukuyama: 2 tapes.

2/26

George Yanagimachi.