William and Mary Nishisaki Yoden photograph collection, circa 1940-1945

Overview of the Collection

William and Mary Nishisaki Yoden photograph collection
circa 1940-1945 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet, (1 archive box)  :  2 items
Collection Number
William Utaka "Bill" Yoden (1916-1989) was a Japanese-American veteran of World War II. He and his wife, Mary Nishisaki Yoden (1920-2011) lived with their family in Blackfoot, Idaho. This collection contains copy print portraits: of Bill Yoden in the Army and of a relative of Mary Nishisaki Yoden.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

William Utaka "Bill" Yoden was born on June 21, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouiri to Sato Yoshida and Shinkichiro Yoden. He grew up in the area and attended the University of Wichita. After graduating, he worked as a traveling salesman, where he met Mary Haruko Nishisaki. Mary Haruko Nishisaki was born on February 4, 1920, in Pocatello, Idaho. Mary Nishisaki and Bill Yoden married on February 16, 1943; together, they had three daughters. When the United States entered World War II, Bill Yoden volunteered and completed Officer Candidate School. He served in the Phillipines and was stationed with the occupation forcdes in Korea. He attained the rank of Major. Yoden served for 29 years as battalion commander of the Eastern Idaho Army Reserve. The Yoden family lived in Blackfoot, Idaho. Mary and Bill were members of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Bill Yoden died on September 29, 1989. Mary Yoden died on January 14, 2011.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The William and Mary Nishisaki Yoden photograph collection consists of two portraits: of Major William U. Yoden of Omaha and Sanasaku "Sam" Nishisaki. The portraits are copy prints, created circa 2005, of colorized portraits originally taken circa 1940-1945. The captions were provided by the donor. The prints were donated to the Marriott Library Special Collections and Archives in relation to an exhibit on Japanese American veterans.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

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

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.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Mary Yoden in 2008.

Processing Note

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Related Materials

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

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Portraits
  • P1511n01_01_001: "Major William U. Yoden of Omaha NE and Blackfoot"
  • P1511n01_01_002: "Sansaku 'Sam' Nishisaki of Pocatello He was a 'cabinet maker' on Union Pacific Railroad."
circa 1940-1945

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese American soldiers--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Yoden, Mary Nishisaki, 1920-2011
  • Yoden, William Utaka, 1916-1989

Form or Genre Terms

  • Copy prints