Collection consists of materials collected by the Japanese American Research Project
(JARP) related to the history of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the United States.
Contains more than 100 groups of personal papers related to individuals and/or families,
and these groups contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, and a variety of printed
materials. Also contains several thousand returned questionnaires and records related to
surveys of the Issei, Nisei, and Sansei conducted during the 1960s. Also includes over
400 tape recordings and oral histories, original art work done by internees during WWII,
yearbooks, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, and records related to Japanese consulates
on the West Coast. The collection also contains administrative records of the Japanese
American Research Project.
The Japanese American Research Project (originally named the Issei History Project) was
initiated by Wakamatsu Shigeo, President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
in 1960. The three major objectives of the project were:
1. to conduct a sociological survey based on a national sampling of the Issei and Nisei populations;
2. to publish a definitive history of the Japanese Americans;
3. and to collect documents, including oral history and memorabilia. UCLA agreed to co-sponsor the project along with the
T. Scott Miyakawa became the first director of the project, and Robert A. Wilson was
appointed to administer the fund. Later funds were contributed to the project to include
the Sansei generation in the survey. Materials in this collection are in both Japanese
760 boxes (380 linear ft.)
21 cartons (21.0 linear ft.)
85 oversize boxes
1 oversize folder
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.
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