Fusataro Nakaya Photographs, circa 1944

Overview of the Collection

Nakaya, Fusataro
Fusataro Nakaya Photographs
circa 1944 (inclusive)
1 item
Collection Number
SC 014.11 (collection)
The Fusataro Nakaya Photographs contains a USB drive containing 6 photographs of Fusataro Nakaya, a Japanese American doctor incarcerated at Heart Mountain Relocation Center during World War II. Three of the photographs were taken at Heart Mountain.
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

Fusataro Nakaya was born in Japan in 1886. After immigrating to the United States, he attended medical school at the University of Illinois in 1916. Nakaya went on to practice medicine in Boyle Heights in Los Angeles County. In Los Angeles, Fusataro also met his wife, Edith Morton. Due to the anti-miscegenation laws in place at the time, the couple married in Tijuana. As a result of the marriage, Nakaya-Morton was stripped of her U.S. citizenship. Prior to World War II, Fusataro was Vice President of the Los Angeles Japanese Association. In 1942, Nakaya was incarcerated at Heart Mountain Relocation Center by the authority granted to the Western Defense Command by Executive Order 9066. Nakaya relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where he passed away in 1952. Fusataro Nakaya was survived by his children, Marilyn, Robert, Paul, Gladys, and Frances Nakaya-Morton.

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 Fusataro Nakaya Photographs contains one USB flash drive containing 6 photographs of Fusataro Nakaya. 2 photographs feature Nakaya in scrubs outside the hospital at Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming, 1 photograph is a group portrait of the Heart Mountain Catholic congregation, 2 photographs are portraits in an unidentified location, and 1 photograph features Nakaya and 1 unidentified man on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. with the Washington Monument in the background. The collection consists only of digital reproductions of the photographs scanned at 200 dpi.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The donor has stated his wish that the images be released to the public domain. Permission to access the original images in this collection must be obtained from the family of Fusataro Nakaya.

Preferred Citation

[Item description]

Fusataro Nakaya Photographs, circa 1944 (SC 014.11)

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The Fusataro Nakaya Photographs was donated by Charles R. Davis in 2016 (MS 2016.28).

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)

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

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)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

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

Corporate Names

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