Japanese American Archival Collection ImageBase

California State University, Sacramento. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives staff
Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives
California State University, Sacramento
Library
2000 State University Drive, East
Sacramento, California 95819-6039
Phone: (916) 278-6144
URL: http://library.csus.edu
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Japanese American archival collection ImageBase
Dates: ca. 1880-2003
Bulk Dates: (bulk ca. 1910-1955)
Accession number: MSS 94/01
Collector: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives. Library. California State University, Sacramento.
Collection Size: ca. 2,100 items (180 lin. ft.) 1,357 online items
Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives. California State University, Sacramento.
Sacramento, California 95819-6039
Abstract: The Japanese American Archival Collection is comprised of approximately 2,100 original items, including letters and other textual documents, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, newsletters, art work, clothing and artifacts. The collection provides valuable insights into the history of Japanese American communities in northern California, particularly in the town of Florin, California from the late 19th century and into the 20th century. The collection contains significant documentation related to the internment of Japanese born and Japanese American individuals during World War II.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Japanese
Selected digitized items available online.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The California State University, Sacramento Library is the owner of the physical items but may or may not own copyright for the items. In all cases, requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be made in writing to: the Head, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95819-6039.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Japanese American Archival Collection. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Library, California State University, Sacramento.

Acquisition Information

Multiple sources of acquisition, primarily through donations from individuals and organizations.

Project Information: Japanese American Archival Collection ImageBase

The image database and metadata were created as part of a project funded by a grant from the Library Systems and Technology Act from October 2003 through July 2004. This project was intended to provide a searchable database of selected photographs and images of three-dimensional items and other artifacts regarding the Japanese-American community in the Sacramento with an emphasis on the World War II incarceration and exclusion. The primary goal of the project was to make this collection available to a broader community so that researchers and teachers can use the materials remotely and integrate the images and information into their research and teaching endeavors. For more detailed project information, please see the website for the project: http://digital.lib.csus.edu/jaac 

Scope and Content of Collection

The Japanese American Archival Collection is comprised of approximately 2,100 original items, including letters and other textual documents, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, newsletters, art work, clothing and artifacts. The collection provides valuable insights into the history of Japanese American communities in northern California, particularly in the town of Florin, California from the late 19th century and into the 20th century. The collection contains significant documentation related to the internment of Japanese born and Japanese American individuals during World War II.
The Japanese American Archival Collection was established in 1994, with the donation of personal papers and teaching materials from Mary Tsukamoto (1915-1998), a prominent Sacramento educator and redress activist. Interned at Jerome Concentration Camp with her family during World War II, Ms. Tsukamoto brought the history of Japanese American exclusion and incarceration into school classrooms and to community groups, using portable exhibit boards to illustrate her presentations. Through images, letters, stories, and crafts or clothing, Ms. Tsukamoto told the story of racial injustice, loss of civil liberties, and the patriotism of Japanese born and Japanese Americans who were interned in American concentration camps during World War II and engaged her audiences in discussion about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Tsukamoto papers have been enhanced by donations over the years from nearly 300 individuals and groups, such as the VFW Nisei Post 8985.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Tsukamoto, Mary
Tule Lake Relocation Center
Manzanar War Relocation Center
Poston Relocation Center (Poston, Ariz.)
Gila River Relocation Center
Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
Minidoka Relocation Center
Granada Relocation Center
Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
Central Utah Relocation Center
Japan -- Emigration and immigration
United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
United States. War Relocation Authority
Agriculture -- California -- Sacramento County
Arts, Japanese
Concentration camps -- United States
Japanese American families
Japanese American farmers
Japanese Americans -- California
Japanese Americans -- Education
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans -- Religion
Japanese Americans -- Social life and customs
Japanese Americans -- Sports
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese American

Genres and Forms of Material

Photographic prints
Artifacts