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A Guide to the In Focus Newsletter Collection, 1984-2006.
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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
  • Related Material
  • Processing Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Creator: A Guide to the In Focus Newsletter Collection
    Title: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Redress Video Collection
    Dates: 1984-2006.
    Language: Materials are written in English.
    Accession No: 2013-01
    Extent: ?? ft., ?? in.; digital files.

    Creator Sketch

    The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is a civil rights organization founded by and for Japanese Americans in 1929. At the time of its founding, JACL addressed civil rights concerns that affected Japanese Americans. Currently, JACL focuses its attention on any segment of the American population that faces human and civil rights discrimination, with a particular focus on the Asian Pacific Islander American community. The JACL led legislative campaigns to combat bigotry and discrimination, such as the campaign for redress for former internees during World War II that led to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.
    In May 1989, JACL commissioned Visual Communications to produce a half-hour program called Redress: JACL Campaign for Justice, to document and tell the story of JACL’s role and activism contributing to the redress movement. The program was funded through the Minoru Yasui Trust Fund, as well as the Kawabe Memorial Fund and the Motoda Foundation. Work on the project was completed in the spring of 1992.

    Scope and Contents

    In Focus Newsletter Collection,1984-2006, consists of interviews conducted by Visual Communications, writer and director John Esaki, and producer Amy Kato. The collection consists of ¾” U-matic tapes, the majority of which are digitized.
    Interviewees included JACL members, activists, and politicians (some of who were former internees during World War II) about their respective experiences of internment, the initial discussions about redress and reparations, the introduction of the “Seattle Plan,” mobilization efforts and legislative action toward redress, and the political processes involved in passing the Civil Rights Act of 1988. Other footage covers JACL Legislative Education Committee (LEC) meetings, annual dinners, and speeches.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The holdings are organized into four series: I. Interviews; 1988-1991; II. Events 1988-1991; III. Meetings 1988-1991; IV. Narrations, 1988-1991. All of the materials are in English. Synopses of video are available in repository. Series I. makes up for the bulk of the collection and consists of video interviews varying in length and detail. Series II. Contains footage of speeches at events. Series III. Consists of footage of JACL LEC meetings. Series IV. Includes short narrations by Tritia Toyota, who narrated the final program.

    Alternate Format Available

    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, Frank
    Akaka, Daniel K.
    Benet, Tom
    Bennett, Charles E., 1910-2003
    Bingaman, Jeff
    Bush, George, 1924-
    Doi, Gene
    Dolliver, James M., 1924-2004
    Domenici, Pete
    Duberstein, Kenneth M.
    Enomoto, Jerry
    Evans, Daniel J., 1925-
    Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
    Frank, Barney, 1940-
    Glickman, Dan
    Hasegawa, Hid
    Hashimoto, Ruth
    Inouye, Daniel K., 1924-
    Kagiwada, Joanne
    Kato, Chuck
    Kean, Thomas H.
    Kinoshita, Cherry
    Levitas, Elliot
    Lowry, Mike
    McCain, John, 1936-
    Macbeth, Angus
    Marutani, William
    Mass, Amy Iwasaki, 1935-
    Masuda, Kazuo
    Matsunaga, Spark M., 1916-1990
    Masaoka, Mark
    McCarthy, Leo T., 1930-2007
    Mineta, Norman Yoshio, 1931-
    Miyatake, Henry J.
    Morimitsu, Arthur
    Morita, Pat, 1932-2005
    Nagano, Ken
    Nakagawa, Cressey
    Nakata, Mike
    Neas, Ralph G. (Ralph Graham), 1946-
    Noguchi, Tomio
    Ondo, Howard
    Ono, Edison
    Reagan, Nancy, 1923-
    Reagan, Ronald
    Roberts, Glen L.
    Sasaki, Joe
    Sato, Frank, 1929-
    Speier, Jackie
    Suzuki, Joe
    Swindall, Pat, 1950-
    Takei, George, 1937-
    Toyota, Tritia
    Ujifusa, Grant
    Uyehara, Grayce
    Weiner, Ernest H.
    Wong, Kathy
    Wright, Jim, 1922-
    Yasui, Minoru, 1916-

    Subjects (Organizations)

    Anti-defamation League.
    Japanese American Citizens League
    Japanese American Citizens League. Seattle Chapter.
    Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.
    Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress
    Random House (Firm)
    San Francisco chronicle
    United States. Army. Regimental Combat Team, 442nd
    United States. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
    United States. Congress
    United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Governmental Relations
    United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on the Budget
    United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Visual Communications/Asian American Studies Central -- Archives.


    Executive orders
    Japanese Americans
    Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Japanese American soldiers
    Political activists
    Political letter writing
    Political participation
    Pressure groups
    Race discrimination
    Signing statements (Legislation)
    Reparations for historical injustices
    World War II


    District of Columbia
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
    Minidoka Relocation Center
    New Mexico
    Salt Lake City (Utah)
    San Francisco (Calif.)
    Seattle (Wash.)
    Sick’s Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)

    Preferred Citation

    The In Focus Newsletter Collection, 1984-2006, Visual Communications Archives and Media Resource Library.

    Separated Material

    Video footage from CSPAN newsreels was not digitized.

    Related Material

    See also In Focus Collection, Volume 7, No. 2. Summer 1991. “Reflections on the JACL Redress Video Project.”

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Helen Kim and Kimberly Zarate, August 2012.