Takeda family collection, 1938-circa 2012

Overview of the Collection

Takeda family
Takeda family collection
1938-circa 2012 (inclusive)
1.2 linear feet, (2 containers)
Collection Number
SC 014.3 (collection)
This collection contains materials related to the Takeda family’s incarceration under Executive Order 9066 at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming and Shiro Takeda’s service as a Japanese language instructor for the United States Navy.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

English, Japanese

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Shiro Takeda (1901-1971) and Hisako Manabe (1911-1970) were married on September 13, 1938 in Reno, Nevada. Shiro Takeda emigrated from Japan in 1929 to attend graduate school at Lincoln University in San Francisco. After graduating, he served as editor for The New-World Sun in San Francisco and the Rafu Shimpo in Los Angeles. Hisako was born in San Francisco to immigrant parents born in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. In 1942, Hisako gave birth to a son, Terry. In the same year the Takeda family was removed from their home to Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming via Santa Anita Assembly Center, California by the War Relocation Authority as part of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans authorized by Executive Order 9066. In 1943, Shiro was hired as a Japanese language instructor for the United States Navy at the University of Colorado, Boulder on May 6, 1943. On July 16, 1943, Hisako and Terry were also released from Heart Mountain. In 2002, the U.S. Navy presented an award for distinguished service to Shiro Takeda (posthumously) and other instructors at the U.S. Navy Japanese Language School.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Executive Order 9066:

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the incarceration from 1942 to 1946 of approximately 120,000 adults and children of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were United States citizens. They were expelled from their homes and placed in incarceration camps without due process and in violation of their civil rights. These camps were euphemistically referred to as “relocation centers” or “internment camps”. After decades of advocacy by the Japanese American community, in 1988 the United States issued a formal apology and began redress to survivors of Japanese incarceration during World War II.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Takeda Family Papers consist primarily of records, photographs, and clippings gathered by Terry Takeda. Most of the documents in this collection were removed from a scrapbook in order to provide better access and preservation conditions for the documents. The records contained in the collection are vital records about Shiro and Hisako Takeda, a copy of Terry Takeda’s authorization for permanent leave from the incarceration camps, and records related to Shiro Takeda’s service to the United States Navy as a Japanese language instructor. Photographs are of Shiro Takeda prior to World War II and the Takeda family during their time at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming. Also included in the collection is a blanket used by Shiro Takeda at Heart Mountain.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Some items in this collection have been digitized and are available online as part of the Japanese American Incarceration Collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Takeda Family Papers, 1938-circa 2012 (SC 014.3)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged in a single series.

Acquisition Information

The Takeda Family Collection were donated to Washington State University by Patti Hirahara, Terry Takeda’s wife, in 2010 and 2016 (MS 2010-36 and MS 2016-31).

Processing Note

This collection was processed by Steven Bingo.

In 2021, in response to evolving societal understanding regarding the language used to describe the impact of Executive Order 9066, this finding aid was revised to more accurately provide context to the mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.

Related Materials

George and Frank C. Hirahara Photograph Collection of Heart Mountain, Wyoming, 1932-2016 (SC 014)

Tom T. Hide Collection, 1925-2012 (SC 014.1)

Okubara Family Collection, circa 1943-2008 (SC 014.2)

Kenneth Nishiyori Collection, 1942-1944 (SC 014.4)

George and Doris McIntyre Papers, 1944-1945 (SC 014.5)

Mari Tsuruyama Okumura Collection, 1936-2014 (SC 014.6)

Patti Hirahara Collection, 1955-2020 (SC 014.7)

Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012 (SC 014.8)

Mike Mackey Collection, 1940-2002 (SC 014.9)

Heart Mountain High School Tempo, 1945 (SC 014.10)

Fusataro Nakaya Photographs, circa 1944 (SC 014.11)

Nabata Family Collection of Heart Mountain Photographs, circa 1942-1945 (SC 014.12)

Frank Chin Oral History Collection, 1974-1986 (Cage 654)

Inez Puckett McEwen Collection on Japanese-American Incarceration, 1942-1943 (Cage 4923)

Japanese American Redress Collection, 1976-2000 (Cage 5126)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Materials from Takeda family scrapbook 1938-2002
1 2 Photographs of Shiro, Hisako, and Terry Takeda circa 1942 and undated
1 3 Compact disc containing photographs of Takeda family and scans of Terry Takeda’s authorization for permanent leave 1943 and undated
Map Drawer Oversize materials from Takeda family scrapbook 2002
2 Blanket used by Shiro Takeda at Heart Mountain Relocation Center circa 1943
1 4 Boulder, Colorado brochure circa 2012

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945

Corporate Names

  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) -- History -- Sources

Family Names

  • Takeda family -- Archives