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Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6952

Scope and Contents

Materials include a twenty-four page letter written by Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto to a "Dearest Cassie." Ishimoto discusses her conversion to and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, along with detailing her Church community. She tells about her family, the family business, her goals in religious worship and education, and current events, including her life in Hawaii as a Japanese citizen during World War II. Dated November 1945.


  • 1945 November


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted use of original letter because of its fragile condition, use digital version in folder 2.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto (1925- ) was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of LAtter-day Saint and a housekeeper.

Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto was born on March 21, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Hikohichi Nagasawa and Misu Yasuhiko Nagasawa. She was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on March 18, 1941. She married James Kazuo Ishimoto on February 16, 1949 in the Laie Temple.

Ishimoto worked in her family's Holo Holo Slipper Factory, and later worked as a housekeeper. Her husband served in the Japanese-American 100th Infantry Battalion during the Second World War. After his return, he worked for the US Postal Service. Later, Ishimoto and her husband served an LDS mission in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo Temple.

Ishimoto had three children: Hilton Seki, Hazel Misue, and Grace Chiemi. Her husband died on January 9, 2001 in Honolulu, Hawaii. She now lives in California with her daughter, Grace.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Donated by LuAnn Furner in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; LuAnn Furner; 2009.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.IV).

Processing Information

Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth; June 2009.

Register of Katherine Nagasawa Ishimoto letter
Sarah Flinders
2014 April 29
Description rules
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States