Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012

Overview of the Collection

Ishihara, Terry
Terry Ishihara Collection
1989-2012 (inclusive)
0.3 Linear feet of shelf space, (1 Box)
Collection Number
SC 014.8 (collection)
The Terry Ishihara Collection consists primarily of materials concerning the incarceration of Japanese Americans at Tule Lake Relocation Center during World War II. Terry Ishihara, a former prisoner at Tule Lake, gathered these materials that include reunion programs and ephemera, speeches by Ishihara about the incarceration, and a book of memoirs co-edited by Ishihara and Ben Hara titled Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Teruo (Terry) Ishihara was born in Ogden, Utah in 1927. He was the oldest of 5 children born to Tetsuo and Shizuyo. The Ishiharas moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1939, where Tetsuo ran a hand laundry and cleaning business. In 1942, the Ishiharas were sent to the Pinedale Assembly Center in Fresno, California as a result of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the removal and detention of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. From Pinedale, the Ishiharas were sent to Tule Lake Relocation Center, where Terry attended Tri-State High School. In the Fall of 1945, Terry enrolled at Washington State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then went on to earn several more degrees culminating in a PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Arizona.

Between 1951-1997, Terry worked as a mechanical engineer for the United States Navy and the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory (now the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), as well as several teaching positions including a year teaching secondary school in Oakland and several positions at colleges and universities across the United States and in Japan. Ishihara’s longest tenure was at Saginaw Valley State University from 1982-1994 where he served as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. In 1997, Ishihara retired from Northern Arizona State University. In 2004, Ishihara co-edited a book of memoirs with Ben Hara titled Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs, which contains the recollections of former students of Tri-State High School in Tule Lake Relocation Center.

In 1952, Terry Ishihara married Simi in Oxnard, California. Together they had five children. As of 2014, Terry currently lives in San Pedro, California.

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 Terry Ishihara Collection consists of publications, ephemera, speeches, and drafts of histories about Tule Lake Relocation Center (also widely, though misleadingly, known as an "internment camp") near Newell, California. Many of the published materials can be grouped into general reunion programs for Japanese Americans incarcerated at Tule Lake during World War II and materials dealing specifically with students at Tri-State High School, which served the school age prisoners at Tule Lake. Amongst materials created by Ishihara are two speeches, one given at a 1989 Day of Remembrance event and one give at a 2003 Tule Lake reunion.

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]. Terry Ishihara Collection, 1989-2012. (SC 014.8)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The Terry Ishihara Collection is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Acquisition Information

The Terry Ishihara Collection was donated to Washington State University by Terry Ishihara in 2014 (MS.2014.33).

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.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical materials 2011
1 2 Clippings and newsletters 2002-2010
1 3 Day of Remembrance speech 1989
1 4 A Lesson in American History: The Japanese American Experience curriculum guide 2011
1 5 Reunion materials 1995-2012
1 6 Tri-State High School 65th Anniversary Annual 2010
1 7 Trials and Triumphs: A Collection of 21 Memoirs 2004
1 8 Tule Lake histories 2005-2006

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.

Personal Names

  • Ishihara, Terry -- Archives.

Corporate Names

  • Tule Lake Relocation Center -- History -- Sources.