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Finding Aid for the Japanese American Citizens League Pacific Southwest District Office Records, 1942-1998
2000.403.8  
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Box 1-5

Series 1 Administrative Files 1942-1998

Series Scope and Content Summary

These files include papers generated by or received by the Pacific Southwest District (PSWD) office. Memoranda, correspondence, press releases, accounting files, and membership information comprise the bulk of this series. While the collection's inclusive dates are 1942-1998, the majority of these files were created in two distinct time periods, 1965-1980 and 1990-1998 with minor overlapping between the two. The two time periods represented are reflected in the sub-subseries designations.
 

Subseries 1.1 Named Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Named Files include administrative files generated by or received by the Pacific Southwest District (PSWD) office. Each file contains papers created by or received by the named individual, with the types of papers varying greatly depending upon the position of the individual.
 

1965-1988

 

1979-1998

 

Subseries 1.2 Dated Files 1970-1978

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Dated Files includes administrative files generated by or received by the PSWD office during a particular time frame. Various individuals are reflected in these files. Due to the nature of these filing systems, duplication of items does occur between the dated files and the named files.
 

Subseries 1.3 Category Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Category Files represent the types of papers found within the named or dated files, such as correspondence, press releases and memoranda. Due to this, there is duplication of items among the sub-series.
 

1964-1987

 

1989-1995

Box 5-6

Series 2 Meeting Minutes and Agenda 1942-1988

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes meeting minutes and agenda from various levels of JACL and other organizations. In order to clarify the sub-series in this series, a breakdown of the JACL hierarchy follows: National, District, and Chapter.
 

Subseries 2.1 District

 

Pacific Southwest District Chapter Rosters

 

Pacific Southwest District Quarterly Meetings

 

Pacific Southwest District Board Meetings

 

Subseries 2.2 National

 

National Board Meetings

 

Subseries 2.3 Chapter

 

Annual Chapter Clinic Handbooks

 

Subseries 2.4 Other

 

Japanese American Citizens League

 

Other Organization's Meeting Agenda Handbooks

Box 6-10

Series 3 Topical Files 1964-1998

Series Scope and Content Summary

These files include reference (subject) files, biography files and case files collected by the PSWD office from 1964-1998.
 

Subseries 3.1 Reference Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Reference Files reflects collected information such as newspaper clippings, correspondence and literature regarding issues pertinent to the JACL and the Asian American community at large. Major subject areas include: atomic bomb survivors, hate crimes, discrimination, internment camps, public perception of Asian Americans, redress and relations between Asian Americans and other ethnicities.
 

1964-1998

 

1984-1996

 

Subseries 3.2 Case Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Case Files includes information regarding the JACL's involvement in the legal or employment discrimination cases of various individuals. Legal documents, employee memoranda, JACL correspondence and newspaper clippings are represented in these files.
 

Subseries 3.3 Biography Files

Subseries Scope and Content Summary

Biography Files include newspaper clippings, literature and correspondence regarding prominent Asian Americans or other individuals involved with the Asian American community.
 

1968-1982

 

1990-1995

Box 11

Series 4 Publications 1915-1982

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes various types of publications from government or private sources collected by the PSWD office. The publications are in Japanese, English or a combination of both.
 

Subseries 4.1 Directories

 

Subseries 4.2 General Publications

 

Subseries 4.3 Government Publications

 

Subseries 4.4 Reports

Box 12

Series 5 Photographs 1957

Series Scope and Content Summary

The scrapbook contains photographs from various JACL Los Angeles Chapter events during 1957.
Box 11

Series 6 Japanese Language Items

Series Scope and Content Summary

These items possibly belonged to Danzo Kiyamara. At present, Kiyamara's affiliation with JACL is unknown. The diaries include personal writings, business cards and newspaper clippings in Japanese.
 

Subseries 6.1 Books

 

Subseries 6.2 Diaries

 

Subseries 6.3 Correspondence

Box 11

Series 7 Redress Claims

Series Scope and Content Summary

These include several handwritten pages of redress claims. It is unknown whether JACL or another organization compiled the claims, as no identifying information is included.