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Paul Shimada Papers
Manuscripts Division
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0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002015


Consists primarily of correspondence to Kiyoshi Paul Shimada, a Japanese American farmer from Lodi, California, while he was incarcerated at the Rohwer War Relocation Center along with his family from 1942-1943. There are also photographic prints and negatives, as well as receipts from a store in Arkansas.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists primarily of correspondence to Kiyoshi Paul Shimada (1916-2003), a Japanese American farmer from Lodi, California, who was imprisoned along with his family during World War II. The collection includes handwritten letters, postcards, and invitations from various friends and family; photographs with negatives; and an envelope with receipts for a store located in Arkansas. The photographs and negatives appear to be from the latter part of the 20th century, after Shimada's incarceration at Rohwer.

The correspondence are addressed to Rohwer, where Shimada was imprisoned from September 1942 through July 1943 before joining the U.S. Army like his two brothers, Isamu Shimada and Tsuyoshi Shimada. Some of the correspondents in the collection were Japanese American friends at other concentration camps: Mabel Miyagishima, who was incarcerated at the Stockton Assembly Center; George Miyama, at the Granada Relocation Center; Fred Ouye, at the Tule Lake Relocation Center; and a letter in Japanese from someone who was incarcerated at the Gila Relocation Center. Paul Shimada also received letters from his brothers after they had joined the U.S. Army. The other letters are from people back home in Lodi, California.


Materials are arranged chronologically by year.

Collection Creator Biography:


Kiyoshi Paul Shimada (1916-2003), a Japanese American farmer from Lodi, California, who was incarcerated at the Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas along with his family during World War II. In 1943, Shimada joined the U.S. Army along with his two brothers.

Collection History


Purchased from Johnson Rare Books & Archives in 2022 (AM 2023-042).

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in 2022. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in 2022, incorporating some description from the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Paul Shimada Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002015

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Related Materials

The Center for Sacramento History conducted an oral history interview with Paul Shimada in 1996, and is available at the Internet Archive. Shimada talks about his life in the interview, but not about his time in the concentration camp in Rohwer.

Subject Terms:
Japanese Americans -- Forced removal and internment, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans -- Correspondence
Johnson Rare Books & Archives
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)