Guide to the Japanese-Americans in the San Fernando Valley Oral History Project Collection, 1993-2005

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Japanese-Americans in the San Fernando Valley Oral History Project Collection
Dates: 1993-2005
Bulk Dates: 2004-2005
Identification: URB/JSFVOH
Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Physical Description: 0.88 linear feet
Alternate Extent Statement: 58.5 GB Digital Video
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Urban Archives
Abstract: The Japanese-Americans in the San Fernando Valley Oral History Project documents the lives of Japanese Americans who lived, or are currently living, in the San Fernando Valley. The participants are multi-generational, with many who experienced firsthand internment and prejudice during World War II. The narrators also shared stories of farming, family emigration from Japan, and the building of their lives and families in the San Fernando Valley both before and after the war.

Historical Note:

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records
Video recordings

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Jessica Geiser, 2014

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Japanese-Americans in the San Fernando Valley Oral History Project , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Arrangement of Materials:

Series I: Video Recordings, 1993-2005
     Subseries A: Digital Video, 1993-2005
     Subseries B: VHS Tapes, 1993-2004
Series II: Transcripts, 2005

Scope and Contents

The Japanese-Americans in the San Fernando Valley Oral History Project began as an Asian American Communities Field Practicum student class project assigned by Professor Edith Chen, Ph.D., of the Asian American Studies Department. Collaborating in the project was the San Fernando Valley Japanese American Community Center, the Japanese American National Museum, and Friends of the Lopez Adobe in the City of San Fernando. The interviews were conducted by students as part of their course work in Asian American Studies at California State University, Northridge.
While the interviews were originally to focus on the Japanese American farming community, it quickly evolved into a larger study of the diverse Japanese American community. The oral histories document the lives of Japanese Americans who lived, or are currently living, in the San Fernando Valley. The participants are multi-generational, with many who experienced firsthand internment and prejudice during World War II. The narrators also shared stories of farming, family emigration from Japan, and the building of their lives and families in the San Fernando Valley both before and after the war.
Several oral history interviews conducted in 1993 were added to the collection by Dr. Edith Chen of the Asian American Studies Department before the end of the project.
The collection is divided into two series, Video Recordings (1993-2005) and Transcripts (2005). Series I, Video Recordings is further divded into two subseries: Digital Files (1993-2005) and VHS Tapes (1993-2004).

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Video Recordings, 1993-2005

 

Subseries A: Digital Files, 1993-2005

Digital Box 1, Folder 1

Emi, Frank, 2004 November 8

Digital Box 1, Folder 2

Hazama, Emi, 2004 April 9

Digital Box 1, Folder 3

Higashida, James, 2004 March 24

Digital Box 1, Folder 4

Imai, Michi and Tom, 2004 November 12

Digital Box 1, Folder 5

Imamoto, Masakazu, Tom Noda and Robert Yamane, 2004 April 5

Digital Box 1, Folder 6

Kami, Emi, 2004 April 9

Digital Box 1, Folder 7

Kawakami, Chizu (Partially in Japanese), 2004 April 15

Digital Box 1, Folder 8

Kihara, Kenji and Hayako, 2004 April 14

Digital Box 1, Folder 9

Kimura, Yukiko, 1993 May 6

Digital Box 1, Folder 10

Mitsui, Pete, 1993 February 24

Digital Box 1, Folder 11

Muranaka, Harry Toshiaki, 2004 April 21

Digital Box 1, Folder 12

Muranaka, Jane, 2004 March 23

Digital Box 1, Folder 13

Muranaka, Roy Tamotsu, 2004 March 21

Digital Box 1, Folder 14

Muraoka, Harold, 2004 April 9

Digital Box 1, Folder 15

Ohara, Fusaye, 2004 March 26

Digital Box 1, Folder 16

Sakaguchi, Bo, 2004 March 19

Digital Box 1, Folder 17

Sakaguchi, Bo, 2004 October 15

Digital Box 1, Folder 18

Shibuya, Chiyo Muro, 2004 April 9

Digital Box 1, Folder 19

Takeuchi, Ritsuo, 2004 March 24

Digital Box 1, Folder 20

Takeuchi, Ritsuo, 2004 November 15

Digital Box 1, Folder 21

Takimoto, Yoneko, 2004 April 2

Digital Box 1, Folder 22

Watanabe, Katsuye (Japanese), 1993, April 29

Digital Box 1, Folder 23

Watanabe, Katsuye (Japanese), 1993 June 6

 

Subseries B: VHS Tapes, 1993-2004

Box 2, Item 1

Muranaka, Matsue, 1993 April 27

Box 2, Item 2

Oda, Dr. Mary, 2004 April 6

Box 2, Item 3

Unknown Woman, 2004 April 7

Box 2, Item 4

Asian American Studies 390, 2004

 

Series II: Transcripts, 2005

Box 3, Item 1

Emi, Frank

Box 3, Item 2

Hazama, Emi

Box 3, Item 3

Higashida, James

Box 3, Item 4

Imai, Michi and Tom

Box 3, Item 5

Imamoto, Masakazu, Tom Noda and Robert Yamane

Box 3, Item 6

Kami, Emi

Box 3, Item 7

Kihara, Kenji and Hayako

Box 3, Item 8

Muranaka, Harry Toshiaki

Box 3, Item 9

Muranaka, Jane Tazuko

Box 3, Item 10

Muranaka, Roy Tamotsu

Box 3, Item 11

Muraoka, Harold

Box 3, Item 12

Oda, Mary

Box 3, Item 13

Ohara, Fusaye

Box 3, Item 14

Sakaguchi, Bo - Interview from March 2004

Box 3, Item 15

Sakaguchi, Bo - Interview from October 2004

Box 3, Item 16

Takeuchi, Ritsuo - Interview from March 2004

Box 3, Item 17

Takeuchi, Ritsuo - Interview from November 2004

Box 3, Item 18

Takimoto, Yoneko

Box 3, Item 19

Watanabe, Katsuye - Interview from April 1993