A Guide to the
In Focus Newsletter Collection, 1984-2006.
A Guide to the
In Focus Newsletter Collection
Title: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Redress Video Collection
Language: Materials are written in English.
Accession No: 2013-01
Extent: ?? ft., ?? in.; digital files.
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
attention on any segment of the American population that faces human and civil rights discrimination, with a particular
the Asian Pacific Islander American community. The JACL led legislative campaigns to combat bigotry and discrimination,
as the campaign for redress for former internees during World War II that led to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act
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
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use. Advance notice required for access. Contact repository for appointment.
Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.
Akaka, Daniel K.
Bennett, Charles E., 1910-2003
Bush, George, 1924-
Dolliver, James M., 1924-2004
Duberstein, Kenneth M.
Evans, Daniel J., 1925-
Ford, Gerald R., 1913-2006
Frank, Barney, 1940-
Inouye, Daniel K., 1924-
Kean, Thomas H.
McCain, John, 1936-
Mass, Amy Iwasaki, 1935-
Matsunaga, Spark M., 1916-1990
McCarthy, Leo T., 1930-2007
Mineta, Norman Yoshio, 1931-
Miyatake, Henry J.
Morita, Pat, 1932-2005
Neas, Ralph G. (Ralph Graham), 1946-
Reagan, Nancy, 1923-
Roberts, Glen L.
Sato, Frank, 1929-
Swindall, Pat, 1950-
Takei, George, 1937-
Weiner, Ernest H.
Wright, Jim, 1922-
Yasui, Minoru, 1916-
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.
Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese American soldiers
Political letter writing
Signing statements (Legislation)
Reparations for historical injustices
World War II
District of Columbia
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
Minidoka Relocation Center
Salt Lake City (Utah)
San Francisco (Calif.)
Sick’s Stadium (Seattle, Wash.)
In Focus Newsletter Collection, 1984-2006, Visual Communications
Archives and Media Resource Library.
Video footage from CSPAN newsreels was not digitized.
In Focus Collection, Volume 7, No. 2. Summer 1991. “Reflections on the JACL Redress Video Project.”
This collection was processed by Helen Kim and Kimberly Zarate, August 2012.
Detailed Description of the Papers
Amy Iwasaki Mass interview
dvd 2012-1/013131, 013132
Cressey Nakagawa interview
Redress Bill Passage interviews
National Coalition for Redress/Reparations interviews
JACL “American Promise” Dinner in San Francisco
JACL Convention Reception in San Diego
Redress Check Presentation in Los Angeles
Redress Check presentation in Washington, D.C.
Legislative Education Committee meeting at National JACL office