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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biographical Note
  • Collection Scope and Contents
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Miné Okubo papers
    Date (inclusive): 1932-2009, undated
    Date (bulk): 1970-1979
    Collection Number: MS 094
    Creator: Okubo, Miné
    Source: Klotz, Esther
    Extent: 0.44 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 Map-case folder)
    Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
    Riverside, CA 92517-5900
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of press clippings, correspondence, artwork, brochures, and other material regarding the personal and professional life of Miné Okubo, a Japanese American artist and author. 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 next hit , 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.

    Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright Unknown: Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction, and/or commercial use, of some materials may be restricted by gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing agreement(s), and/or trademark rights. Distribution or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. To the extent other restrictions apply, permission for distribution or reproduction from the applicable rights holder is also required. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], [date if possible]. Miné Okubo papers (MS 094). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

    Acquisition Information

    Gifts of Esther Klotz, 1974, and Miné Okubo, 1976.

    Processing History

    Processed by Eric Milenkiewicz, 2010.

    Biographical Note

    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.
    1912 Miné Okubo was born in Riverside, California on June 12th.
    1935 Okubo graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts.
    1936 Okubo graduated from UC Berkeley with a master's degree in Fine Arts.
    1939-1941 Okubo was commissioned by the Federal Arts Program as an artist on public art projects.
    1942 Okubo was forced to evacuate under Executive Order #9066 as a result of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in World War II.
    1946 Okubo's Citizen #13660 was published by Columbia University Press.
    1950-1952 Okubo taught art at University of California, Berkeley.
    1974 Okubo was named Alumna of the Year at Riverside Community College.
      An exhibition of Okubo's paintings was held at Riverside Community College.
    1991 Okubo received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Women's Caucus for Art of the College Art Association.
    2001 Miné Okubo died in New York, New York on February 10th.

    Collection Scope and Contents

    This collection is comprised of press clippings, correspondence, artwork, brochures, and other material regarding the personal and professional life of Miné Okubo, a Japanese American artist and author. 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 previous hit internment of Japanese Americans next hit , Miné Okubo's experiences at war relocation camps during World War II, and the history of Japanese Americans in Riverside, California.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into three series as follows:
    • Series 1. Japanese American Life, 1943-1979, undated
    • Series 2. Personal Correspondence, 1941-1977, undated
    • Series 3. Professional Career, 1932-2009, undated

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Japanese American artists.
    Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
    Klotz, Esther
    Okubo, Miné

    Genres and Forms of Materials

    Clippings (information artifacts).
    Correspondence.
    Works of art.