Topaz oral history project collection, 1987-1993

Overview of the Collection

Taylor, Sandra C.
Topaz oral history project collection
1987-1993 (inclusive)
4 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 1002
The Topaz oral history project collection interviews (1987-1993) were conducted by Sandra Taylor, of the University of Utah's Department of History. The interviews were part of her research for Jewel of the desert: Japanese American internment at Topaz (1993). Also included are correspondence, news clippings, published and unpublished articles, and research files.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Topaz oral history project collection interviews contains transcripts of tapes, and related transcription materials of a collection of 70 oral history interviews which document the lives of Japanese Americans who were interned at the Topaz, Utah, camp. The interviews were conducted by Sandra Taylor of the University of Utah Department of History. Also included are copies of articles and other research materials.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Interviews located in box one were donated in 1988.

The rest of the material was donated in 1993.

Processing Note

Processed by Karen Carver in 2006.

Related Materials

Forms part of the Mitsugi M. Kasai Memorial Japanese American Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Miscellaneous InterviewsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
Written Accounts
This box contains four written accounts of experiences related to Japanese internment. Authors include Oscar F. Hoffman, Hisako Hibi, Chiyo Yano, and William Kochiyama.
3 2
Paul E. Bell Material
Contains an essay entitled "Views From an Inside Outsider," written by a Caucasian who attended Topaz High.
3 3
Jane Beckwith Material
Contains written accounts related to Japanese internment. Authors and persons interviewed include Dorothy B. Pratt, Sherm Tolbert, Roger Walker, Yasuo Abiko, and Homer Petersen.
3 4
Nisei Christian Journey: Its Promise and Fullfillment, Vol. II
Contains oral histories of Rhoda Akiko Iyoya, Dr. Henry Hajime Kazato, Kimi Sugiyama, Ichiro Yamaguchi, Hatsune Helen Kitaji, and Kijo Murata.

Research FilesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1 1984-1993
4 2 1920s-1980s
4 3 1942-1943
4 4 1940s-1990s
4 5
4 6

Restricted MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Master Files
These boxes contain the master files. Access restricted to Manuscripts Curator.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans
  • Japanese Americans--Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans--Utah--Delta--Interviews
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Japanese American

Corporate Names

  • Central Utah Relocation Center--Sources

Form or Genre Terms

  • Oral histories
  • Oral histories