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Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League records
MS.525  
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Description
This collection documents the activities of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) from 1934 through 2021. Records of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter's internal functions include organizational and administrative records such as financial documents and reports, membership lists, meeting minutes and agendas, event records, and ephemera. The collection also contains records that pertain to the Watsonville-Santa Cruz chapter's engagement with the JACL's Northern California, Western Nevada, and Pacific (NCWNP) district and the national JACL organization. Materials relate to Japanese immigration and community formation in California's Pajaro Valley before World War II, forced removal and incarceration, Nisei military service and veterans, and JACL's involvement in the redress and reparations movement. In addition, the collection holds records of the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL's efforts to preserve Pajaro Valley Japanese American history and public education and outreach. These records were created and collected by Mas and Marcia Hashimoto and Carmel Kamigawachi. Regarding community history, it includes photographs, family biographies, news clippings, and oral history interviews. It also contains educational materials and documentation of the chapter's involvement in public memorial projects.
Background
The Watsonville-Santa Cruz Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (W-SC JACL) is an organization in California's Pajaro Valley. It was established as the Watsonville Citizens League in the early 1930s by Nisei, second-generation, US-born children of Japanese immigrants. During its early years, the Watsonville Citizens League functioned as a social club. In 1934, the group became a member of the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and worked to promote civic engagement and patriotism among its members. During World War II (WWII), due to the mass incarceration of individuals of Japanese ancestry, the Watsonville Citizens League ceased its operations. Its members were incarcerated at a temporary detention center at the Salinas Rodeo grounds and months later in Poston, a War Relocation Authority (WRA) concentration camp located in Arizona. Postwar, the Watsonville JACL resumed its activities and began to focus on community services. The organization's name was changed to Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL in 1964. During the 1970s and 1980s, the National JACL organization and members of the W-SC JACL were involved with the national campaign for redress and reparations for individuals who were incarcerated during WWII. From the 1960s and continuing through the 2020s, members of the W-SC JACL have advocated for civil rights for all people, worked to document and educate the public about histories of Japanese incarceration, and supported cultural outreach.
Extent
5.42 Linear Feet 3 cartons, 1 flat box
Restrictions
Copyright for the items in this collection is owned by the creators and their heirs. Reproduction or distribution of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether a use is fair use, and to obtain any necessary permissions. For more information see UCSC Special Collections and Archives policy on Reproduction and Use.
Availability
Collection open for research. Audiovisual media is unavailable until reformatted. Digital files are available in the UCSC Special Collections and Archives reading room. Some files may require reformatting before they can be accessed. Technical limitations may hinder the Library's ability to provide access to some digital files. Access to digital files on original carriers is prohibited; users must request to view access copies. Contact Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access to audiovisual media and digital files.