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Kikue Ruth Kumata photograph collection

Identifier: 2001.018P

Scope and Contents

The Kikue Ruth Kumata Photograph Collection contains a panoramic photograph of the “Adult Education Teachers Club” that was taken in Washington, D.C. in 1956. The Capitol Building is visible in the background.


  • 1956

Biographical / Historical

Kikue “Ruth” Kumata (b. 1926) was born in Seattle, Washington to Misao and Hachiro Kumata. When World War II began, the Kumata family was sent to Puyallup Assembly Center for a brief period of time before being permanently interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center in Jerome County, Idaho. In 1945, Ruth was accepted into Augustana College where she earned her undergraduate degree over a four year period. She then moved to Illinois to earn her master’s degree in the field of library sciences. She worked as a librarian in Brooklyn, New York for four years and then moved to Chicago where she worked as a librarian in the Chicago Public Library system for 30 years. Currently, Ruth volunteers at the Japanese American Service Committee Legacy Center.

Source: Kumata, Kikue Ruth


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Repository Details

Part of the JASC Legacy Center Repository

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