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Matsutaro Hirano Change of Address acknowledgement

Identifier: M2281

Content Description

The collection consists of one change of address form dated 1944, and an empty envelope with "19.00" written on the exterior for Matsutaro Hirano at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, an American World War II concentration camp.


  • February 25, 1944

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The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Matsutaro Yoshiye Hirano was born on January 14, 1880. He first travelled from his hometown in Fukui Prefecture, Japan to San Francisco, California in 1896. In 1924 he immigrated again from Japan, through Honolulu, Hawaii, and into Los Angeles, California with his wife, Tomiko Tsuno Hirano (1897-1932, born in Kochi Prefecture, Japan). On September 6, 1942, Hirano was incarcerated at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a World War II American concentration camp in Wyoming. He was incarcerated with his two children, Kenjii Hirano (born August 31, 1928) and Teruko “Terry” Hirano (December 9, 1930-September 7, 2002). The family (Family Number 9935) was first held at Santa Anita Assembly Center, a temporary detention center in California. They were incarcerated until October 16, 1945. Hirano became a naturalized U.S. citizen in Los Angeles on April 12, 1955. At the time of his naturalization, Hirano lived at 443 1/2 N. Occidental Blvd., Los Angeles, California. Hirano died in Los Angeles, California on April 12, 1956.


1 Envelope (2 items)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Jordan Antiques and Antiquarian Books, 2023.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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