Family Files

A folder for each family identified from the 1923 photograph.  Currently there are 92 active files.  Material varies but is extracted from census records, National Archives internee files, World War Draft registration cards, and online databases of genealogy, immigration, and vital record information. Some folders have copies of family photos.  Also being added are files of families who may not be in the photograph, but who do appear on the 1920 and ’30 federal censuses as living in the area.  

The Library is currently acquiring Alien Registration packets which tell birthplace, parents’ names, date of arrival in the U.S., family members, sponsor or employer name, occupation, and circumstances of “arrest.”  This information is also useful for tracking the migration journey from Japan to Palos Verdes.

A miscellany of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and articles about the South Bay farms, the internment camps, and White Point, where the Japanese enjoyed swimming, picnics, and relay races.