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Guide to the San José State University Japanese-American Internment Research Collection
MSS-2010-08-23  
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Series I: Japanese-American San Jose State College Students 1935-1994 (bulk 1935-1942)

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This collection was compiled in connection with the passage of the Japanese-American Reparation Act of 1988, which offered financial reimbursement and a formal apology from the U.S. government for violations of the internees' civil rights. This series documents the number of Japanese-American students attending San Jose State College prior to the internment. Photocopies of student directories and lists of graduating students provide this information. Some photocopies of news clippings in this series document activities of Japanese-American students at San Jose State College during the late 1930s and early 1940s.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.
 

Series II: Japanese-American Internment 1942-1996 (bulk 1993-1996)

Physical Description: 3 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This collection was compiled in connection with the passage of the Japanese-American Reparation Act of 1988, which offered financial reimbursement and a formal apology from the U.S. government for violations of the internees' civil rights. The materials in this series document the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II and the subsequent impact of internment policies on public and political memory. The series consists of newspaper clippings, magazines, correspondence, memorabilia, brochures, government reports, and photocopied excerpts from books and periodicals. Folder 1 includes brochures for the Japanese-American National Museum and literature and mailings from the Nihonmachi Outreach Committee and the Tule Lake Committee, organizations dedicated to preserving public memory of the internment. Folder 2 features many clippings from the San Jose Mercury News and some editions of the West Magazine supplement. The clippings concern topics such as the personal stories of detainees, the history of the Japanese-American Citizens League, the relocation and detainment of Japanese Peruvians in the United States, and the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Folder 2 also includes two articles by Marjorie Fernandes, one entitled From Salinas to Poston: One Woman's Journey and the other Japanese-American Women: Immigration and Evacuation. (The publisher of these articles is unknown.) Folder 3 contains a published presidential message and reports and legislation from the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the California Senate, all concerning the Japanese-Americans and their forced resettlement.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically by format, and the items within each folder chronologically.
 

Series III: Nisei Diploma Project at SJSU 2009-2010

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

The California State University Board of Trustees voted in September 2009 to award honorary bachelor's degrees to former Japanese-American students whose education was disrupted by the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In October of 2009 the Governor of California signed AB 37, an Assembly bill that called upon California's higher education institutions to honor this group of former students. The CSU worked with the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC) to locate Nisei students. San José State University presented honorary degrees to eighteen Nisei students during Commencement of May 2010. This series documents the events described above, and includes materials that document SJSU's efforts to locate and contact the former students. It includes samples of the application to receive the degree, SJSU memos communicating progress on the project, spreadsheets compiling data on the former students, correspondence from the university to the students, and photos of those awarded degrees during the Commencement ceremony.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically.