This collection is comprised of press
clippings, correspondence, artwork, brochures, and other material regarding the personal and
professional life of Miné Okubo, a Japanese American artist and author. Includes material on
Citizen 13660 and the art exhibit
Miné Okubo: An American Experience. Mailings from Okubo to personal
contacts that contain correspondence, artwork, exhibit brochures, and original envelopes are
also included. Additionally, there is material on Japanese American life in the United
States that focuses on the World War II internment of Japanese Americans, Miné Okubo's
experiences at war relocation camps during World War II, and the history of Japanese
Americans in Riverside, California.
Miné Okubo was born on June 27, 1912 in Riverside, California. Okubo attended Riverside
Junior College and went on to receive both a bachelor's and master's degree in Fine Arts
from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1938, Okubo was awarded the Bertha Henicke
Taussig Traveling Fellowship to study art in Europe for eighteen months. At the conclusion
of her fellowship Okubo returned to the United States and accepted a job as an artist
through the federal Works Progress Administration in Northern California. The bombing of
Pearl Harbor by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 would forever change the course of Okubo's
life. On April 24, 1942 she was forced into a Japanese internment camp and had to relocate
to the Tanforan Relocation Camp in San Bruno, California and was later transferred to the
Central Utah Relocation Camp in Topaz, Utah. While being held at the relocation camp Okubo
completed numerous pen and ink drawings that illustrated daily life for the camp’s
detainees. She would later publish this collection of drawings and sketches in the acclaimed
book Citizen 13660 that gave the world insight into the
treatment of the Japanese at these camps. Okubo eventually moved to New York, New York and
continued her career as an artist creating numerous artistic works throughout her career
that included illustrations for several publications such as Fortune, Time, and Life.
She also served as an active voice of the Japanese American community and even testified
before the Congressional Commission on Wartime Relocation in 1981. Miné Okubo died on
February 10, 2001 at the age of 88 in Greenwich Village in New York City.
0.44 Linear Feet
(1 box, 1 Map-case folder)
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