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Gary Y. Okihiro Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gary Y. Okihiro papers
    Dates (inclusive): 1912-1999
    Dates (bulk): 1941-1946, 1995
    Collection number: 99.163
    Creator: Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945-
    Repository: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    Abstract: This collection documents the professional activities of Gary Okihiro including research he conducted for his publications. One such publication is Storied Lives: Japanese American Students and World War II (1999). Based on archival research and oral histories from nisei students, Storied Lives describes how these students relocated to colleges and universities outside of the West Coast exclusion zone with the assistance of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council (NJASRC), formerly the National Student Relocation Council. The collection contains correspondence, photocopies of archival documents mostly dating from the 1940s, and some photographs and negatives.
    Physical location: Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012


    By appointment only. Please contact the Collections Management and Access Unit (collections@janm.org). Advanced notice is required.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management and Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (collections@janm.org).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gary Y. Okihiro papers. 99.163, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

    Processing Information

    This finding aid was created as part of a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The project started in 2007. Project Director was Yoko Shimojo (EAD encoding) and Project Archivist was Marlon Romero (processing and finding aid creation). The EAD encoding was updated in 2017 by Jamie Henricks.

    Biographical Note

    Gary Y. Okihiro is a professor of international and public affairs and director of the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race at Columbia University in New York City. Okihiro has also taught at Cornell University, Santa Clara University, and Humboldt State University. He received a Ph.D in Asian American History, African American History, and Linguistics from University of California at Los Angeles in 1976. He is the author of eight books, including Common Ground: Reimagining American History (2001) and Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii, 1865-1945 (1991). Okihiro has also published numerous articles and reviewed essays on Asian American history, oral history, and African population. In addition, he has presented papers at and participated in a number of conferences and symposiums on African studies, Asian studies, and women's history. Okihiro has played an active role in a variety of capacities for various professional organizations, including Organization of American Historians, Japanese American Resource Center, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, and Association for Asian American Studies. Among the awards he has received are a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Studies Association and several notable fellowships.

    Scope and Content

    The series documents the research Okihiro conducted for his numerous publications and includes correspondence and copies of archival documents. The resources used for his publication in Storied Lives are divided into two series: research materials and audiovisual materials.
    Series 1 : Research Material

    The research materials include four subseries: 1) interviews Okihiro conducted of nisei students along with published articles on their experiences as relocated college students; 2) correspondence with and documents from colleges and universities regarding student information from yearbooks, newspaper clippings, college newsletters, and other available college files, which form the bulk of this subseries, and are arranged alphabetically by state followed by college name; 3) archival material from the Hoover Institution Archives: NJASRC files and various papers of NJASRC staff; and 4) published and unpublished works by other authors on nisei students during World War II.
    Series 2: Audiovisual Material

    The audiovisual materials include two subseries: The Nisei Experience panel discussion and oral interviews conducted by Gary Okihiro. The materials are in micro cassette format unless otherwise noted.


    Each series has been arranged alphabetically. Subseries 1.2 (Research Materials: Colleges and Universities) is arranged alphabetically by state, then by college or university.
    Series 1: Research Materials
    Subseries 1.1: Interviews and Solicitations
    Subseries 1.2: Colleges and Universities
    Subseries 1.3: Hoover Institution Archives
    Subseries 1.4: Other Works
    Series 2: Audiovisual Materials
    Subseries 2.1: The Nisei Experience Panel Discussion
    Subseries 2.2: Oral Histories

    Indexing Terms

    Okihiro, Gary Y., 1945-
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Japanese Americans--Education (Higher)--History--20th century
    College students
    World War, 1939-1945
    National Japanese American Student Relocation Council