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Hanzawa Family Letters

Identifier: AC 547

Scope and Content

The collection contains three sets of materials: five censored letters written by Tetsuji Hanzawa to his mother Shin and his sister-in-law Koto in Hawaii from the Santa Fe Detention Station between 1944 and 1945; letters and cards written by Taichiro Hanzawa to his wife Koto, his mother Shin and his daughter Mrs. E. Omuro in Hawaii from the Lordsburg and Santa Fe, NM Detention Camps between October, 1942 and September, 1945. Additional materials include a copy of Taichiro Hanzawa's Application for Certificate of Identification and copies of two War Relocation Authority documents published in 1943 and 1946.


  • 1942-1946

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Copies of letters should be made from the reproduction and not from the original. Also to preserve the original documents the sequence of the letters in the folder needs to be maintained with the originals and the reproductions facing each other.

Biographical Information

Taichiro Hanzawa (1887-1965) immigrated to Hawaii in 1904 from Fukushima, Japan to work on the sugar plantations. In 1915 he opened Hanzawa’s Variety Store in Haiku, Maui. He was interned during World War II in Lordsburg and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Tetsuji Hanzawa (1893-1978) was Taichiro's younger brother. He followed Taichiro to Hawaii in 1913 where he helped run Hanzawa's and was active in civic and community organizations in Haiku. Tetsuji was taken into U.S. custody in 1942 and interned in Lordsburg and Santa Fe, NM from 1943 to 1945.


.25 linear foot

Guide to the Hanzawa Family Letters, 1942-1946
Edited Full Draft
©2012, updated ©2015
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090