Guide to the Nelson and Beverly Nagai Collection of Asian-American History and Culture M1928

Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Green Library
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford 94305-6064

Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Title: Nelson and Beverly Nagai Collection of Asian-American History and Culture
source: Nagai, Nelson
source: Nagai, Beverly
Identifier/Call Number: M1928
Physical Description: 7.5 Linear Feet : 10 boxes, 2 oversize folders
Date (inclusive): circa 1968-1980
Abstract: Publications & ephemera of late-20th century radical political activism centered in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on Asian-American activism. Includes correspondence, newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals, posters, printed ephemera, t-shirts, buttons, and videocassettes.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of publications & ephemera of late-20th century radical political activism, with an emphasis on Asian American protest movements. The collection includes the following material: Radical Asian community newspapers, most from the 1970s and 1980s ; various pamphlets related to Communism, the African-American, Chicano and Puerto Rican communities, and American workers’ and radical Leftist movements; t-shirts with safety-pin buttons from the 1970s; large photographs of the sites of Japanese internment camps in California; and movie posters of films about Asians and Asian-Americans.

Biographical / Historical

Nelson Nagai was the chairperson of the constitution committee of Stockton’s Yellow Seed, a community service organization. While at Stanford University, Nagai also served as the chairperson of the Asian American Student Association. During the International Hotel struggle, Nagai served as the auditor of the International Hotel Tenants Association.
The original Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) storefront in San Francisco Chinatown, 1971, located on the ground floor of the International Hotel. At the time, the images produced by KSW's silkscreen and graphics artists were among the first to portray strong and bold images of Asian Americans. The group's work was a hallmark of the Asian American movement on the West Coast but it was also a place "where they felt they belonged," which is how Nelson Nagai described the Yellow Seed, a Stockton organization (see text below).
From an excerpt of "I Come From a Yellow Seed" by Nelson Nagai:
"[In 1969] it was decided that the Asian community needed a drop-in center for youth -- some place where they felt they belonged and an alternative to the pool hall [which had been boycotted because the white owner told Asians to leave the establishment]. So the Yellow Seed Center was born.
Quickly an organization was started around the center. [In 1971] the Yellow Seed received funding for a recreation center to serve the children of Asian cannery workers from the federal government. Our idea was to provide activities for Asian children so that they would not have to run the streets like we did."
From Snapshots of Asian America (KQED)

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

Conditions Governing Use

While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], Nelson and Beverly Nagai Collection of Asian-American History and Culture (M1928). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nelson Nagai, 2012. Accession 2012-249.

Related Materials

Some items were catalogued individually and can be found on Searchworks at this link:
University of the Pacific holds the Nelson Nagai And Grace Sumida Collection (MSS 329), whjich contains material collected by Nelson and his mother Grace.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Asian-Americans -- History
Printed ephemera
Nagai, Nelson
Nagai, Beverly

box 1, folder 1

The Struggle Against Revisionism and Opportunism (Black Workers' Congress)

box 1, folder 2

"Party Building in the Heat of the Class Struggle" (Puerto Rican Revolutionary Workers)

box 1, folder 3

Yellow Seed

box 1, folder 4

Nihonmachi Little Friends

box 1, folder 5

Bay Area Asian Coalition Against the War

box 1, folder 6

International Hotel

box 1, folder 7

Stanford Asian-American Students' Association

box 1, folder 8

CANE (Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction)

box 1, folder 9

Asian Community Center

box 1, folder 10

Asian American Student Alliance (Stanford)

box 1, folder 11

Left in Form, Right in Essence

box 1, folder 12

Unidentified Braille

box 1, folder 13

Unidentified Transparencies

box 1, folder 14

Lahing Pilipino

box 1, folder 15

Roadblocks to Community Building (Stockton Filipino Community Center)

box 2, folder 1

The Chicanos (NACLA)

box 2, folder 2

How Capitalism has been Restored in the Soviet Union

box 2, folder 3

The Energy Crisis and You

box 2, folder 4

Ideology of the Young Lords Party

box 2, folder 5

Communist Revolution: The Road to the Future, The Goal We Will Win

box 2, folder 6

Critique of the Black Nation Thesis

box 2, folder 7

Education to Govern

box 2, folder 8

A New Outlook on You on Me on Health

box 2, folder 9

From Trotskyism to Social-Imperialism

box 2, folder 10

The Anti-Marxist-Leninist Line of Progressive Labor

box 2, folder 11

A Polemic Against The Guardian's Revisionism

box 2, folder 12

Proletarian Internationalism or Revisionism

box 2, folder 13

The "New Economic Policy"

box 2, folder 14

Affirmative Action Discrimination (conference)

box 2, folder 15

Defeat the "National Question" (New Voice)

box 2, folder 16

Beyond Welfare (Committee for Political Development)

box 2, folder 17

Wage Controls and How to Fight 'Em (United Front Press)

box 2, folder 18

The United Front Against War and Fascism (Gamma Publishing)

box 2, folder 19

Unite the Many, Defeat the Few (Guardian pamphlet)

box 2, folder 20

Workers' Viewpoint Journal

box 2, folder 21

Revolutionary Union

box 3, folder 1

Against Dogmatism on the National Question

box 3, folder 2

Campesinos Organizan su Union - ¡SI SE PUEDE!

box 3, folder 3

The Heritage of Sen Katayama

box 3, folder 4

For Working Class Unity and Black Liberation

box 3, folder 5

A Comment On The Statement Of The Communist Party (USA)

box 3, folder 6

Delay Evictions

box 3, folder 7

Chinese-American Workers: Past & Present

box 3, folder 8

August 29th Movement (ATM)

box 3, folder 9

Statements of the Founding (League of Revolutionary Struggle)

box 3, folder 10

New Programme and New Constitution of the Revolutionary Communist Party

box 3, folder 11

Voices: A Filipino American Oral History

box 3, folder 12

Little Manila Site Dedication Pamphlet (with inserted note)

flat-box 4, folder 1

Communist Line

flat-box 4, folder 2

Kalayaan International

flat-box 4, folder 3

Come Unity

flat-box 4, folder 4

Unidad Latina

flat-box 4, folder 5

The Veteran

flat-box 4, folder 6

In Struggle

flat-box 4, folder 7

Bay Area Asian Coalition Against The War

flat-box 4, folder 8


flat-box 4, folder 9

Why An Asian War?

flat-box 4, folder 10

Da Zhong Bao (English Section)

flat-box 4, folder 11

Honolulu Star Bulletin (Pearl Harbor)

flat-box 5, folder 1

Photographs (from "Bill") of Tule Lake Site

flat-box 5, folder 2

New Dawn V. 1

flat-box 5, folder 3

New Dawn V. 2

flat-box 5, folder 4

New Dawn V. 3

flat-box 5, folder 5

New Dawn V. 4

flat-box 5, folder 6

New Dawn V. 5

flat-box 5, folder 7

New Dawn V. 6

flat-box 6, folder 1

Gidra 1969

flat-box 6, folder 2

Gidra 1970

flat-box 6, folder 3

Gidra 1971

flat-box 6, folder 4

Gidra 1972

flat-box 6, folder 5

Gidra 1973

flat-box 6, folder 6

Gidra 1974

flat-box 6, folder 7

Gidra 1990

flat-box 7

Getting Together V. 1-4

flat-box 8

Getting Together V. 5-9

box 9

Miscellaneous T-Shirts

map-folder 10

Miscellaneous Posters

Scope and Contents

Please note: many have evidence of evidence of display and are damaged and or fragile.
[color photocopies of WWII Allied propaganda]
Asian/Pacific Students Taking a Stand in '84: California Statewide Asian/Pacific Student Union Conference, March 3, 1984 (Little Tokyo Art Workshop, L.A.)
Sanrizuka [graphic of plane flying into crosshairs]
Asian American Music: Joannne & Chris ; Hey Bro from L.A. [etc.] Stanford Branner Hall May 29th
One Struggle - Many Fronts. Defeat U.S. Aggression. Bay Area Asian Coalition - Red Banner Collective (fragile/damaged)
One Struggle - Many Fronts. Hiroshima - Nagasaki - Indochina. Stop The Genocide of Asian People (water damage)
[International Hotel] Manilatown Heritage Foundation, 23rd Anniversary Commemoration August 6, 2000
Save the International Hotel. Low Cost Is A Right of the People (1972 People's Press)
Long Live the International Hotel! March & Rally - October 9th (International Hotel Tenants Association - International Hotel Support Committee)
Committee Against Nihonmachi Eviction (Cane) Principles
Relocation Sites (copy of Western Defense Command & 4th Army - Wartime Civil Control Administration map)
Join the 1979 Tule Lake Pilgrimage & Plaque Dedication (Tule Lake Committee)
The Other Side of Infamy [graphic of watchtower at camp]
Any Day Now - The April 3rd Movement (fragile/damaged)
If We Worry About What's Going To Happen ... [quote and photograph of Bobby Seale] (Berkeley Graphic Arts)
May Day, May 1, 1969. Free Huey Day. Mass Rally, Federal Building, San Francisco (fragile/damaged)
Hasher Power - No Business As Usual [stencil on newsprint]
map-folder 11

Miscellaneous film posters (inscribed to Nagai)

box 12, folder 1

Asian Americans: A Guide to Library Resources (Stanford) Manuscript

box 12, folder 2

National Filipino American Youth Association - 7th Annual Conference

box 12, folder 3

Asian American Jazz Festival

box 12, folder 4

Reader on History of Pilipinos in America

box 12, folder 5

Prairie Fire (Weather Underground)

box 12, folder 6

The Red Papers (Revolutionary Union)

box 12, folder 7

Puerto Rican Communist Pamphlets

box 12, folder 8

The 80s (Communist Workers' Party)

box 12, folder 9

Crime Among Our People (Pacesetters)

box 12, folder 10

Marxist-Leninist Pamphlets

box 12, folder 11

Struggle in the RU (Black Workers' Congress)

box 12, folder 12

Brown Pride

box 12, folder 13

Misc. Flyers from 11th Annual APAHE Conference