Collection - Richard H. Yamanaka collection

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Richard H. Yamanaka collection

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  • 1999 (Creation)
    Yamanaka, Richard H.

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0.5 cm of textual records
2 computer discs
5 photographs (photocopied)

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Richard Hiroji Yamanaka was born in Prince Rupert in 1921. In 1941 he left to attend Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario as he had received a three year scholarship. His father, H.K. Yamanaka, arrived in Prince Rupert in 1907 while working for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. He returned to Japan in 1913 to marry Isao and the couple settled in Prince Rupert. The family of eight lived in the downtown core and ran a general store at 815 3rd Avenue West. H.K. was also an employment agent. When the Japanese were evacuated from the North Coast in March 1942, the rest of the Yamanaka family left Prince Rupert. Richard, after graduating from Queens University, was hired by Canadian General Electric to design x-ray machines. After retirement, he was kept on as a salesman.

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The collection consists of a memoir written in 1999 and data collected by Richard H. Yamanaka concerning the history of Japanese people in Prince Rupert from 1907 to 1942. It includes 2 computer discs and an eight-page copy of his memoir. There are also 5 photographs of Japanese people in Prince Rupert and the interior of Yamanaka's Grocery Store on 3rd Avenue West.

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Richard Yamanaka donated the records to the Archives in 1999.


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Created on January 13, 2014

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