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Mitsuye Yasutake Yamada family photograph collection

Identifier: 2008.027P

Scope and Contents

The Yamada Photograph Collection contains a photograph of Mitsuye Yamada’s father, Jack Kaichiro Yasutake (d. 1953), former executive director of the Chicago Resettlers Committee(now known as the Japanese American Service Committee), and his office staff. Also included is a personal note from Mitsuye containing information about the inscription found on the back of the photograph.


  • 1950
  • 2008

Biographical / Historical

Mitsuye Yasutake Yamada was born in 1923 in Fukuoka, Japan while her parents were there for an extended visit. The Yasutake family returned to the United States in 1926 and settled in Seattle, Washington. Shortly after Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, Mitsuye, along with her family, was interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center. In 1944, Mitsuye began a course of study at the University of Cincinnati but chose to transfer to New York University to complete her degree in 1947. In 1950, she married Yoshikazu Yamada and the couple had four children. Mitsuye received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1953 and began her teaching career. In 1955, she became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Source: Yamada, Mitsuye Yasutake


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Repository Details

Part of the JASC Legacy Center Repository

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