The George and Frank C. Hirahara Photograph Collection (1943–1945)

Florence Tsuyuki and other female students in home economics class, April 12, 1944

The George and Frank C. Hirahara Collection is considered the largest private collection of photos depicting life in the Japanese American internment camp at Heart Mountain Wyoming. This collection contains over 2000 images taken between January 1943 to November 1945. George Hirahara and his son Frank captured images of camp life and special family milestones such as engagement celebrations, weddings, and family portraits. Patti Hirahara, Frank's daughter, donated this significant collection of original black and white photographs and negatives to the Washington State University (WSU) Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) Department.