George Ishihara photograph collection, 1907-1918  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Ishihara, George
George Ishihara photograph collection
1907-1918 (inclusive)
8 photographic prints (1 folder)
Collection Number
Collection includes Seattle Asahi baseball team, students at the Japanese School in Seattle and Japanese residents celebrating Independence Day in Seattle between 1907-1918
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Seattle Japanese Language School, also known as Kokugo Gakko, was the first Japanese language school in the United States. Opened in 1902, its mission was to teach the Japanese language, etiquette, history and culture to American-born children of Japanese descent (Nisei). After a full day of public school instruction, students generally attended class every weekday afternoon and six days a week in the summer. A highlight of the year was the annual spring picnic held in a local park. The usual strictness and discipline was relaxed, and children participated in races and games.

After years in a temporary facility, in 1913, the school opened a new building at 1414 South Weller Street. The first class in the new building included 98 students. By 1917, attendance had grown to the point where a second building was added. A third building was completed in the 1920s. During the 1930s, a period that saw the peak in the population of school-aged Nisei, approximately 1800 children attended the Japanese Language School on a daily basis. The school closed after 1941 in the wake of World War II and the internment of people of Japanese descent. The school reopened in 1956.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes photographs of the students and teachers at the Seattle Japanese Language School during various outings between 1911-1915. In addition, there are photographs of the Seattle Asahi baseball team and of the Independence Day festivities in Seattle in 1907.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Japanese American children--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Japanese Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • School children--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Japanese Language School (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Seattle Asahi (Baseball team)--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Social life and customs--20th century
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Group portraits
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs