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Japanese American Archival Collection ImageBase
MSS 94/01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Project Information: Japanese American Archival Collection ImageBase
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Japanese American archival collection ImageBase
    Dates: ca. 1880-2003
    Bulk Dates: (bulk ca. 1910-1955)
    Accession number: MSS 94/01
    Collector: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives. Library. California State University, Sacramento.
    Collection Size: ca. 2,100 items (180 lin. ft.) 1,357 online items
    Repository: Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives. California State University, Sacramento.
    Sacramento, California 95819-6039
    Abstract: The Japanese American Archival Collection is comprised of approximately 2,100 original items, including letters and other textual documents, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, newsletters, art work, clothing and artifacts. The collection provides valuable insights into the history of Japanese American communities in northern California, particularly in the town of Florin, California from the late 19th century and into the 20th century. The collection contains significant documentation related to the internment of Japanese born and Japanese American individuals during World War II.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Center's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English Japanese
    Selected digitized items available online.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    The California State University, Sacramento Library is the owner of the physical items but may or may not own copyright for the items. In all cases, requests for permission to publish or reproduce must be made in writing to: the Head, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95819-6039.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Japanese American Archival Collection. Department of Special Collections and University Archives. Library, California State University, Sacramento.

    Acquisition Information

    Multiple sources of acquisition, primarily through donations from individuals and organizations.

    Project Information: Japanese American Archival Collection ImageBase

    The image database and metadata were created as part of a project funded by a grant from the Library Systems and Technology Act from October 2003 through July 2004. This project was intended to provide a searchable database of selected photographs and images of three-dimensional items and other artifacts regarding the Japanese-American community in the Sacramento with an emphasis on the World War II incarceration and exclusion. The primary goal of the project was to make this collection available to a broader community so that researchers and teachers can use the materials remotely and integrate the images and information into their research and teaching endeavors. For more detailed project information, please see the website for the project: http://digital.lib.csus.edu/jaac 

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Japanese American Archival Collection is comprised of approximately 2,100 original items, including letters and other textual documents, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, newsletters, art work, clothing and artifacts. The collection provides valuable insights into the history of Japanese American communities in northern California, particularly in the town of Florin, California from the late 19th century and into the 20th century. The collection contains significant documentation related to the internment of Japanese born and Japanese American individuals during World War II.
    The Japanese American Archival Collection was established in 1994, with the donation of personal papers and teaching materials from Mary Tsukamoto (1915-1998), a prominent Sacramento educator and redress activist. Interned at Jerome Concentration Camp with her family during World War II, Ms. Tsukamoto brought the history of Japanese American exclusion and incarceration into school classrooms and to community groups, using portable exhibit boards to illustrate her presentations. Through images, letters, stories, and crafts or clothing, Ms. Tsukamoto told the story of racial injustice, loss of civil liberties, and the patriotism of Japanese born and Japanese Americans who were interned in American concentration camps during World War II and engaged her audiences in discussion about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. The Tsukamoto papers have been enhanced by donations over the years from nearly 300 individuals and groups, such as the VFW Nisei Post 8985.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Tsukamoto, Mary
    Tule Lake Relocation Center
    Manzanar War Relocation Center
    Poston Relocation Center (Poston, Ariz.)
    Gila River Relocation Center
    Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
    Minidoka Relocation Center
    Granada Relocation Center
    Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
    Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
    Central Utah Relocation Center
    Japan -- Emigration and immigration
    United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
    United States. War Relocation Authority
    Agriculture -- California -- Sacramento County
    Arts, Japanese
    Concentration camps -- United States
    Japanese American families
    Japanese American farmers
    Japanese Americans -- California
    Japanese Americans -- Education
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Japanese Americans -- Religion
    Japanese Americans -- Social life and customs
    Japanese Americans -- Sports
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Japanese American

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Artifacts