Essondale Patient File for Kumataro Nishimura


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Essondale Patient File for Kumataro Nishimura


Title Proper 93-5683 BOX 1285 FILE 22497
Date(s) 1945
General material designation
This file contains a textual record.
Scope and content
Kumataro Nishimura was admitted to Essondale 20 March 1945. He died 23 December 1945 at Essondale at age 65 of exhaustion of general paresis. He was born 15 March 1880. The file includes correspondence between the Dr. A.L. Crease (Essondale Superintendent) and the Department of Mines and Resources Immigration Branch as well as correspondence between doctors and BCSC. Previous to his admission at Essondale his occupation was as a fisherman. His previous residence before hospitalization was in Grand Forks. This file highlights aspects of the relationship between hospitalized Japanese-Canadians and the BC Security Commission.
Name of creator
British Columbia. Mental Health Services created this archive which were transferred to the BC Archives from 1987 to 2000.
Immediate source of acquisition
The digital copies of the records were acquired by the Landscapes of Injustice Research Collective between 2014 and 2018.
This record was digitized selectively.



Essondale Patient File for Kumataro Nishimura
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