This collection is comprised of press clippings, correspondence, artwork, brochures, and other material regarding the personal
and professional life of Miné Okubo. Includes material on Okubo's book
Citizen 13660 and the art exhibit
Miné Okubo: An American Experience. Mailings from Okubo to personal contacts that contain correspondence, artwork, exhibit brochures, and original envelopes
are also included. Additionally, there is material on Japanese American life in the United States that focuses on the World
War II internment of Japanese Americans, Miné Okubo's experiences at war relocation camps during World War II, and the history
of Japanese Americans in Riverside, California.
Miné Okubo was born on June 27, 1912 in Riverside, California. Okubo attended Riverside Junior College and went on to receive
both a bachelor's and master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1938, Okubo was awarded
the Bertha Henicke Taussig Traveling Fellowship to study art in Europe for eighteen months. At the conclusion of her fellowship
Okubo returned to the United States and accepted a job as an artist through the federal Works Progress Administration in Northern
California. The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 would forever change the course of Okubo's life.
On April 24, 1942 she was forced into a Japanese internment camp and had to relocate to the Tanforan Relocation Camp in San
Bruno, California and was later transferred to the Central Utah Relocation Camp in Topaz, Utah. While being held at the relocation
camp Okubo completed numerous pen and ink drawings that illustrated daily life for the camp's detainees. She would later publish
this collection of drawings and sketches in the acclaimed book Citizen 13660 that gave the world insight into the treatment of the Japanese at these camps. Okubo eventually moved to New York, New York
and continued her career as an artist creating numerous artistic works throughout her career that included illustrations for
several publications such as Fortune, Time, and Life. She also served as an active voice of the Japanese American community and even testified before the Congressional Commission
on Wartime Relocation in 1981. Miné Okubo died on February 10, 2001 at the age of 88 in Greenwich Village in New York City.
0.75 linear feet
(1 document box, 1 Map-case folder)
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