Collection Scope and Content Summary
Title: Miné Okubo papers
Date (inclusive): 1932-2009, undated
Date (bulk): 1970-1979
Collection Number: MS 094
0.75 linear feet
(1 document box, 1 Map-case folder)
Rivera Library. Special
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
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.
Languages: The collection is in English.
This collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries,
Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote
from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the
University of California as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
[identification of item]. Miné Okubo papers, MS 094. University of
California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives, University of
The Miné Okubo papers were acquired as a gift in 1974.
Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2010.
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
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.
||Miné Okubo was born in Riverside, California on June 12th.
||Okubo graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Fine
||Okubo graduated from UC Berkeley with a master's degree in Fine
||Okubo was commissioned by the Federal Arts Program as an artist on public
||Okubo was forced to evacuate under Executive Order #9066 as a result of
the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II.
Citizen #13660 was published by
Columbia University Press.
||Okubo taught art at University of California, Berkeley.
||An exhibition of Okubo's paintings was held at Riverside Community
||Okubo was named Alumna of the Year at Riverside Community
||Okubo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for
Art of the College Art Association.
||Miné Okubo died in New York, New York on February 10th.
Collection Scope and Content Summary
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
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
This collection is arranged into three series. The contents of each series are
arranged sequentially according to box and folder number. The series arrangement of
this collection is as follows:
- Series 1. Japanese American Life, 1943-1979, undated.
- Series 2. Personal Correspondence, 1941-1977, undated.
- Series 3. Professional Career, 1932-2009, undated.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the
library's online public access catalog.
Japanese American artists.
Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation,
Genres and Forms of Materials
Clippings (information artifacts).
Works of art.