Japanese American Photo Collections

The University of Utah has extensive collections that can be used to research Japanese American history, including special collections finding aids and digitized primary source materials.

Photo Collections include:

Wallace and Mary Doi - Over 400 digitized photographs documenting daily Japanese American life from the Doi family. 

Wallace Doi was a member of the 100th Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team during WWII, earning a purple heart and a bronze star. He was injured during battle in Europe and was sent to Bushnell Hospital in Brigham City, Utah. In Utah, he met and fell in love with Utah native, Mary Murakami, and together, they opened Aloha Fountain. Many of his photos show soldiers in Salt Lake’s Japantown and their restaurant.

Japanese Church of Christ Photograph Collection - View photos of congregational gatherings and events from the historic church, located in Salt Lake City's Japantown.

Japanese Relocation Photograph Collection - The Japanese American relocation photograph collection consists of photographs depicting conditions at the Tule Lake camp at Newell, California and the lives and activities of the Japanese Americans confined in the camp.

Mike M. Masaoka photograph collection - The Mike M. Masaoka photograph collection contains images collected by Mr. Masaoka resulting from his personal and professional life, his involvement with the Japanese American community and Japanese American issues, and his association with politicians and diplomats.

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