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Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970s-1980s.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Creator Sketch
  • Scope and Contents
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Alternate Format Available
  • Access Restrictions
  • Use Restrictions
  • Index Terms
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Material
  • Processing Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection
    Title: Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection
    Dates: circa 1970s-1980s
    Language: Materials are in English,Japanese, and Spanish.
    Accession No: 2009-01
    Extent: 201 Digital files/DVDs.

    Creator Sketch

    The Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO) was founded in 1973 in the midst of the Little Tokyo Project, which was adopted by the now-defunct Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles in order to redevelop the neighborhood. LTPRO challenged the ongoing evictions caused by the redevelopment efforts and assisted community businesses and long-time senior residents, who were in danger of displacement by transnational companies. It sought to maintain housing and sustainable living conditions for Japanese American working class people.

    Scope and Contents

    The Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970-1980s , consists of over 200 DVDs on the Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization (LTPRO). DVDs include footage of interviews with residents and activists, meetings with organizations, and the LTPRO's protests and actions to stop eviction. Footage from this collection was used in Visual Communications' film “Something's Rotten in Little Tokyo.”

    Organization and Arrangement

    The holdings are in a single series of DVDs consisting of footage of the interviews, meetings, and protests that made up LTPro's agenda. Interviews are mostly in English, with a select few in Japanese and Spanish.

    Alternate Format Available

    There are 200 U-matic ¾” tapes (approx. 4000 minutes). Due to the fragility of the original U-matic tapes, the access DVDs should be viewed.

    Access Restrictions

    This collection is open for research use. Advance notice required for access. Contact repository for appointment.

    Use Restrictions

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

    Index Terms

    Subjects (Persons)

    Abe, George
    Bakke, Allan Paul
    Bernardi, Ernani
    Bradley, Tom
    Cullen, Thomas
    Davis, Rick
    Embry, Sue
    Flint, Putnam Frank
    Reverend Fujita
    Furutani, Warren
    Hedges, Virginia
    Helfeld, Edward
    Inada, Lawson
    Ishi, Howard
    Isomoto, Glen
    Mrs. Itabashi
    Ito, Kenji
    Iwasaki, Bruce
    Kochiyama, Bill
    Kochiyama, Yuri
    Kondo, Allan
    Lau, Alan
    Lewis, David
    Lindsay, Gilbert
    Margullies, Bob
    Mr. Miyano
    Mori, Jonny
    Naito, Chris
    Nakano, Burt
    Nakano, Lillian
    Oh, Michael
    Solomon, Richard
    Suzuki, Mas
    Mr. Tatsumi
    Todo, Lindsay
    Commissioner Uchida
    Verano, Johnny
    Wilmers, Everett T.
    Yamashita family

    Subjects (Organizations)

    Agape Ministries
    Amerasia (book store)
    American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California
    Central City Development Corporation
    Los Angeles (Calif.) City Council
    Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, California
    Japanese Cultural and Community Center
    East-West Corporation
    Ginza Discount Imports
    Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
    Housing Services for City of LA Program
    LEAST Program
    Little Tokyo People's Rights Organization
    Kikkoman Corporation
    Japan Foods (company)
    Japanese American Citizens League National Council
    Japanese Welfare Rights Organization
    Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles
    Nobuko's dance company
    Occidental Student Union
    Pan American World Airways, Inc.
    Southern California Asian American Studies Central/Visual Communications
    Southwestern Clinical Law Center
    Southwestern University School of Law
    Sun's Cafe
    Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles
    Union Bank
    Union Church of LA
    United States, Department of Housing and Urban Development
    Venice Anti-Redevelopment Council
    World Trade Center (New York, N.Y.)


    Affordable housing
    African Americans
    Asian Americans
    Asian American musicians
    City planning and redevelopment law--United States--Cases
    Community churches
    Community development, Urban
    Community organization
    Earthquake relief--Law and legislation
    Forced migration
    Historic hotels
    Hotels--Public relations
    House buying--costs
    Housing policy
    Income taxes--United States
    International business enterprise
    Japanese Americans
    Japanese Americans--Evaculation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Low-income housing--United States
    Low-income tenants
    Mexico--Emigration and immigration
    Older people--Housing
    Peace movements
    Police brutality--United States
    Protest movements
    Public housing--United States--Management
    Race discrimination
    Third World
    United States--Emigration and immigration--Social aspects
    U.S. States--Race Relations
    Women's rights--United States--History--20th century
    Working class--United States--History--20th century


    1st Street and San Pedro Street
    2nd Street
    Alan Hotel
    Alan Hotel Annex
    AON Skyscraper
    Asahi Shoes and Dry Goods
    Bank of America
    Bixby Hotel
    Bonaventure Hotel
    Boston (Mass.)
    Buddhist Temple
    Bunker Hill--Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Central Avenue
    Chicago (Ill.)
    City Hall--Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Downtown--Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Dream Island
    Eagle Liquor Store
    Gardena (Calif.)
    Ginza (Tokyo, Japan)
    Japan Center
    Japanese Chamber of Commerce
    Japanese Cultural and Community Center
    Japanese Community Pioneer Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Japanese Village Plaza
    Japantown Bowl
    Kajima Corp.
    Kitetsu Building
    Little Tokyo (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Little Tokyo Gardens
    Long Beach (Calif.)
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Los Angeles County (Calif.)
    Manzanar (Calif.)
    Mar Buena (Calif.)
    Mar Villa (Calif.)
    Mitsui Travel Service
    Miyako Hotel
    Monterey Park
    New Otani Hotel
    Nihon Mahi Tower
    Nippon Book Co.
    Olvera Street (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Orange County Buddhist Church
    Panama Hotel
    Sacramento County (Calif.)
    San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.)
    San Pedro Street (Calif.)
    Sato Hotel
    Senshin Temple
    South Bay (Calif.)
    Washington, D.C.
    Weller Court/Triangle

    Preferred Citation

    Little Tokyo Redevelopment Collection, circa 1970s-1980s. Visual Communications Archives and Media Resource Library.

    Separated Material

    Photographs of LTPro activities are available in photo collections at Visual Communications.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed and digitized by Jeff Liu in 2009. Finding aid written and encoded by Robin Chang in August 2014.