TITLE: Eiden-Harada Collection
DATE RANGE: 1907-1993
CALL NUMBER: Y-MS 9
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
PROVENANCE: Donated by Jean Orendorff, wife of Lawrence Orendorff
COPYRIGHT: Yuma County Library District owns the copyright to this collection.
RESTRICTIONS: This collection is unrestricted.
CREDIT LINE: Eiden-Harada Collection, Y-MS9, Yuma County Library District
PROCESSED BY: Benjamin Findley, July 2013
Albert Henry Eiden was a plumber in Yuma Arizona. He was born on October 9th 1883, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He came to Yuma in 1914, intending to pass through on the way to El Paso but ended up settling in the town and opening a plumbing business with Lawrence Orendorff. Eiden was a private in the 34th Infantry Division of the National Guard during World War 1. His division was sent to France in 1918 only a month before the end of the war. It was in Yuma that Eiden met and befriended the Japanese-American Harada Family. During World War II, when the Harada family was forced to move to the Japanese Internment Camp at Poston, Arizona, Albert offered to store the possessions that the Harada family could not take with them. He stored the items for several years until the family reclaimed them in 1945.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:
Included in the papers of Albert Eiden are letters to Eiden from the Harada family, describing life in the Poston Japanese Internment Camp. There is also correspondence to Eiden from their son, Takeshi Harada, a Japanese-American in the U. S. Army during World War II.
|1||1||Biographical: Eiden, Albert||1973, N.D.|
|2||Biographical: Harada Family||1988|
|3||Correspondence: Harada Family||1942 – 1945, N.D.|
|4||Correspondence: Harada, Takeshi||1942 – 1993, N.D.|
|5||Documents: Automobiles||1949 – 1953, N.D.|
|6||Documents: Finance||1916 – 1967, N.D.|
|7||Documents: First Aid||N.D.|
|8||Documents: Miscellaneous||1907 – 1962, N.D.|
|9||Documents: Plumbing||1917 – 1964, N.D.|
|10||Documents: Shipping Records||1942 – 1943, N.D.|
|11||Documents: World War 1||1918 – 1919, N.D.|
|12||Membership Cards: American Legion||1925 – 1964|
|13||Membership Cards: B.P. . Elks||1929 – 1962|
|14||Membership Cards: Various||1942 - 1956|
|15||Photographs: Reference notes and photos of Takeshi Harada during WWII||1940’s|