Shades of Tulare County Project

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Shades of Tulare County Project


Tulare County (Calif.)


Documenting the local history of our Japanese and Chinese population. Funded by a grant from the California State Library, the "Shades" project is a collection of more than 300 photographs provided by the Chinese and Japanese residents of Tulare County. Spanning the decades from the late nineteenth century until the present day, these images are a representation of the history and heritage of the Chinese and Japanese residents of Tulare County. Photographs of farm life, early businesses, athletics, the Visalia flood of 1955, the Japanese relocation camps, and family groups are just some of the varied elements of this collection.


Tulare County Library


Collection of Shades of Tulare County Project


San Joaquin Valley Library System




Tulare County Library


This image is being made available for educational and research purposes only, under the “fair use” clause of the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 § 107 U.S.C.) Further questions regarding the image or its use may be directed to the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak Ave., Visalia, CA 93291; Phn: 559-733-6954; Fax: 559-737-4586.










Tulare County (Calif.)

Collection Items

Flood in Visalia, California
Main Street, Visalia, California, was inundated for a second time in two months in February 1956. Here workers try to clear and obstruction in Mill Creek.

Chan family barbecue in Visalia,California
Chan family backyard barbecue.

Otani's Store, Visalia, California
Otani's Store was located on East Center Street in Visalia, California. This photo, taken in the 1930s, shows the interior of the store which sold groceries and general merchandise. Pictured are (left to right) Ura Otani (mother of donor Hideo…

Visalia Union High School football team
The 1922 Visalia Union High School football team posed for the school yearbook photo in Visalia, California. Pictured are (left to right) top row: Lawrence Hausan, George Kassapian, George Bodine, Roy Willhide, Major George L. Righter (coach), Mose…

Yoshikazu Morioka and Cottonwood baseball team
Yoshikazu Morioka, pictured in the front row far left, poses with members of the Tulare, California, "Cottonwood" baseball team. The team's manager, S. G. Sakamoto, is seen at the far left of the top row.

Mary and Alice Morioka
Girls' Day in 1935. Mary (left) and Alice Morioka are in traditional Japanese dress. They are standing beside a display of Japanese dolls and other figures.

Picking oranges at the Morioka farm
Workers pick oranges at the Marioka farm in 1930. Included in the photo are Alice (center left) and (center right) Mary Morioka.

Alice, Mike and Roy Suyeda
Alice Suyeda (left), her brother Mike (center) and cousin Roy spend an everning reading magazines. The photo was taken in 1948.

James Nitta in group photo
James Nitta (top row, third from right) in a group photo taken in Ivanhoe, California, in 1939.

Richard Suyeda
Richard Suyeda,about one year old, plays with toys at Christmas 1950.
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