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Jack and Aiko Herzig papers
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Description
Community advocates Jack and Aiko Herzig played a pivotal role in the World War II Japanese American redress movement through their historical research at archives and libraries across the nation. Their discoveries aided in redress for thousands of Americans illegally incarcerated during World War II and the vacating of wartime convictions of Japanese Americans in the Supreme Court Coram nobis cases. The collection consists original and facsimile materials and includes card indexes, evidentiary documents, reports, public hearings and court transcripts, correspondence, books, articles, clippings, and a small amount of electronic files.
Background
Aiko Yoshinaga (later changed to Herzig-Yoshinaga) was born in 1924 in Sacramento but grew up in Los Angeles. At the outset of World War II, she and her family were imprisoned in three War Relocation Authority-administered camps of Manzanar, California; Jerome, Arkansas; and Rohwer, Arkansas. Following WWII, she spent five years in Japan before returning to the United States and settling in New York City. In the 1950s, she was involved with a variety of human and civil rights organizations, and participated in community demonstrations as a member of Asian Americans for Action (often referred to as Triple A), one of the very first East Coast Asian American grassroots community organizations to join the fight for civil rights.
Extent
109.5 linear ft. (219 boxes, 21 shoe boxes, and 2 oversize flat boxes)
Restrictions
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Availability
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.