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Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Oral History Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Existence and Location of Originals
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Contributing Institution: USC Digital Repository
    Title: Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Oral History
    Identifier/Call Number: 9002
    Identifier/Call Number: /repositories/13/resources/3467
    Physical Description: 164 Files
    Date (inclusive): 1990-2000
    Language of Material: English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection consists of digital files preserved in the USC Digital Repository. The files are not publicly accessible online. Researchers wishing to request access should email uscdr@usc.edu

    Biographical / Historical

    Originally formed in 1981, the Maui Sons and Daughters of the 442nd sought to "perpetuate the memory and accomplishments of the Japanese Amercian soldiers of World War II." The group of volunteers worked with local historian Dawn Duensing to collect oral histories of WWII veterans and Japanese Americans who lived on Maui during the war years.
    The Maui Sons and Daughters of the 442nd eventually became the Maui Sons and daughters of Nisei Veterans and in 1991 the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center (NVMC) was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation with the goal of building a lasting tribute to the Nisei veterans of World War II.
    The Maui Sons and Daughters of Nisei Veterans donated two acres of land to the NVMC and a memorial campus was constructed, not only to "to be the responsible receptacle and caretaker of the history, memorabilia and artifacts of Nisei veterans,"but also to function as a living memorial," by incorporating a preschool, adult daycare, education center, and peace park. For more information, visit NVMC.org.

    Existence and Location of Originals

    This is a digital postcustodial collection for preservation. As a postcustodial collection, Researchers wishing to request access the collections should contact the Nisei Veterans Memoral Center, 665 Kahului Beach Road, Kahului, Hawaii 96732 at 1 (808) 244-6862 or by email at info.nvmc@gmail.com.

    Scope and Contents

    The original collection received in 2016 contained 3 VHS tapes, 44 Micro Audio Cassettes, and 117 Audio Casettes that were converted to three .mp4 video and 161 .mp3 audio files for access copies in the Digital Repository. Currently there are 164 oral history interviews with 65 veterans and Japanese Americans that lived on Maui during WWII.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from oral histories must be submitted in writing to the USC Digital Repository at uscdr@usc.edu. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Digital Repository as the owner of the digital items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World War, 1939-1945 -- Japan -- Archival resources
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Veterans -- Archival resources
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives