Scope and Content
Title: Gary Y. Okihiro papers
Dates (inclusive): 1912-1999
Dates (bulk): 1941-1946, 1995
Collection number: 99.163
Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945-
Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles, California 90012
Abstract: This collection documents the professional activities of Gary Okihiro including research he conducted for his publications.
One such publication is
Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II (1999). Based on archival research and oral histories from nisei students,
Storied Lives describes how these students relocated to colleges and universities outside of the West Coast exclusion zone with the assistance
of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council (NJASRC), formerly the National Student Relocation Council.
The collection contains correspondence, photocopies of archival documents mostly dating from the 1940s, and some photographs
Physical location: Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
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[Identification of item], Gary Y. Okihiro papers. 99.163, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.
This finding aid was created as part of a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
The project started in 2007. Project Director was Yoko Shimojo (EAD encoding) and Project Archivist was Marlon Romero (processing
and finding aid creation). The EAD encoding was updated in 2017 by Jamie Henricks.
Gary Y. Okihiro is a professor of international and public affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and
Race at Columbia University in New York City. Okihiro has also taught at Cornell University, Santa Clara University, and
Humboldt State University. He received a Ph.D in Asian American History, African American History, and Linguistics from University
of California at Los Angeles in 1976. He is the author of eight books, including
Common Ground: Reimagining American History (2001) and
Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945 (1991). Okihiro has also published numerous articles and reviewed essays on Asian American history, oral history, and African
population. In addition, he has presented papers at and participated in a number of conferences and symposiums on African
studies, Asian studies, and women's history. Okihiro has played an active role in a variety of capacities for various professional
organizations, including Organization of American Historians, Japanese American Resource Center, Asian Americans for Community
Involvement, and Association for Asian American Studies. Among the awards he has received are a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the American Studies Association and several notable fellowships.
Scope and Content
The series documents the research Okihiro conducted for his numerous publications and includes correspondence and copies of
archival documents. The resources used for his publication in
Storied Lives are divided into two series: research materials and audiovisual materials.
Series 1 : Research Material
The research materials include four subseries: 1) interviews Okihiro conducted of nisei students along with published articles
on their experiences as relocated college students; 2) correspondence with and documents from colleges and universities regarding
student information from yearbooks, newspaper clippings, college newsletters, and other available college files, which form
the bulk of this subseries, and are arranged alphabetically by state followed by college name; 3) archival material from the
Hoover Institution Archives: NJASRC files and various papers of NJASRC staff; and 4) published and unpublished works by other
authors on nisei students during World War II.
Series 2: Audiovisual Material
The audiovisual materials include two subseries: The Nisei Experience panel discussion and oral interviews conducted by Gary
Okihiro. The materials are in micro cassette format unless otherwise noted.
Each series has been arranged alphabetically. Subseries 1.2 (Research Materials: Colleges and Universities) is arranged alphabetically
by state, then by college or university.
Series 1: Research Materials
Subseries 1.1: Interviews and Solicitations
Subseries 1.2: Colleges and Universities
Subseries 1.3: Hoover Institution Archives
Subseries 1.4: Other Works
Series 2: Audiovisual Materials
Subseries 2.1: The Nisei Experience Panel Discussion
Subseries 2.2: Oral Histories
Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945-
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans--Education (Higher)--History--20th century
World War, 1939-1945
National Japanese American Student Relocation Council