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Inouye Family fonds
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Series consists of personal correspondence from Hatsuno Inouye’s brother Jitsuno Morikawa, correspondence sent to Arthur Inouye, correspondence sent to Beverly Inouye, and correspondence sent to Zennosuke Inouye. The majority of the correspondence consists of correspondence from Jitsuno Morikawa which was sent before, during, and after his internment experience in the United States.


Series consists of ephemera material that belonged to Beverly Inouye which includes newspaper clippings, a program from Beverly's graduation from UBC, promotional materials from Tom Inouye's insurance business, and autograph books that belonged to Beverly Inouye. The autograph books date from 1942-1949 and include signatures and inscriptions from friends and people Beverly met during internment in Kaslo, BC.

Financial records

Series consists of textual records related to the family's finances. Records include accounting and ledger books that have financial information related to the personal and farm expenses, time cards from Zennosuke Inouye's job during internment, tax records belonging to Beverly Inouye, and records relating to Zennosuke's Old Age Pension claims.

Inouye Family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1716
  • Fonds
  • [191-?]-1968

The fonds consists of photographs and textual records which belonged to the Inouye family. The records are related mostly to the father, Zennosuke Inouye and his involvement with the Surrey Berry Farmers Cooperative and his youngest daughter, Kiyooki (Beverly) Inouye. The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Surrey Berry Farmers Cooperative records, correspondence, ephemera, land records, photographs, military records, financial records, and voting records.

Inouye (family)

Land records

Series consists of records related to the land Zennosuke Inouye owned which includes property tax assessments, property value assessments related to the time of Zennosuke's internment, correspondence related to Zennosuke's Solider Settlement claims, and information regarding the general restitution efforts by various Japanese Canadian associations.

Military records

Series consists of records related to Zennosuke Inouye's military service in World War I. Records include Canadian Legion membership cards, correspondence from when Zennosuke was stationed in Europe, Zennosuke's Active Service Paybook, and photographs of Zennosuke dressed in his military uniform.


Series consists of photographs that feature images of the Inouye's friends and family. Most of the photographs appear to have belonged to Beverly Inouye and picture friends and photos of class photos. Most of the photographs were loose, but there are 3 albums that have photos. All of the photo albums belonged to Beverly Inouye.

Surrey Berry Growers' Cooperative

Series consists of records related to the Surrey Berry Farmers' Cooperative. The Surrey Berry Farmers' Cooperative is believed to have been Surrey's first berry cooperative and was created sometime in the 1920s. While many of the farmers were Japanese, membership was not restricted by ethnicity. It is unknown when the Surrey Berry Farmers' Cooperative dissolved, but presumably sometime after 1952.

Records in this series include correspondence related to land and property owned by the Cooperative that was confiscated after many of the farmers were interned and their land and property confiscated. Correspondence consists of between Zennosuke Inouye and other members of the Cooperative, between Zennosuke and banks and businesses regarding the Cooperative, and correspondence with a family who helped hide some of the Cooperative's property from the Office of the Custodian.

Other records include alist farmers in the Cooperative that purchased Victory Bonds in 1942, a hand-drawn map and list of all the farmers in the Surrey Berry Growers Cooperative in 1941, and accounts and receipts belonging to the Cooperative.

Voting records

Series consists of an electors list for the Electoral District of New Westminster, Municipality of Surrey, Urban Polling Division No.99, which included Zennosuke and Hatsuno Inouye and their son Arthur, which have signed enumerators notices.