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Japanese American Research Project collection about Japanese in the U.S. (Yuji Ichioka papers), 1893-1973
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Japanese American Research Project (Yuji Ichioka) collection of material about Japanese in the United States,
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1973
    Collection number: 2010
    Creator: Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles)
    Extent: 760 boxes (380 linear ft.) 21 cartons (21.0 linear ft.) 85 oversize boxes 1 oversize folder
    Languages: Finding aid is written in Japanese and English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Japanese American Research Project (Yuji Ichioka) collection of material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233210 


    The Japanese American Research Project (originally named the Issei History Project) was initiated by Wakamatsu Shigeo, President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in 1960. The three major objectives of the project were:
    • 1. to conduct a sociological survey based on a national sampling of the Issei and Nisei populations;
    • 2. to publish a definitive history of the Japanese Americans;
    • 3. and to collect documents, including oral history and memorabilia. UCLA agreed to co-sponsor the project along with the JACL.
    T. Scott Miyakawa became the first director of the project, and Robert A. Wilson was appointed to administer the fund. Later funds were contributed to the project to include the Sansei generation in the survey. Materials in this collection are in both Japanese and English.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of materials collected by the Japanese American Research Project (JARP) related to the history of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the United States. Contains more than 100 groups of personal papers related to individuals and/or families, and these groups contain correspondence, diaries, photographs, and a variety of printed materials. Also contains several thousand returned questionnaires and records related to surveys of the Issei, Nisei, and Sansei conducted during the 1960s. Also includes over 400 tape recordings and oral histories, original art work done by internees during WWII, yearbooks, directories, newspapers, pamphlets, and records related to Japanese consulates on the West Coast. The collection also contains administrative records of the Japanese American Research Project.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Personal papers
    2. Materials relating to the Japanese consulates in the United States
    3. Organizational materials
    4. Materials relating to Japanese language schools
    5. Materials relating to internment camps and World War II
    6. Published materials (not included in previous categories)
    7. Photographs and photo albums
    8. Oral history tapes
    9. Issei, Nisei, and Sansei survey returns and related office files
    10. Miscellaneous items
    11. Frank F. Chuman papers   (listed in a separate finding aid under Chuman, Frank F.)
    12. Sumitomo Bank of California
    13. Nisei and Sansei survey, original returns
    14. University of Hawaii at Manoa - transcripts of oral history interviews
    15. W. Eugene Dimon papers  
    16. Arai family papers (see also Collection 1254, the Arai Family Papers  )
    17. Shigeichi Kawano papers   (Collection 1251)
    18. Siberius Y. Saito drawings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles)--Archives.
    United States. War Relocation Authority.
    Japanese Americans--United States--History.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Archival resources.
    Japanese American families--Archival resources.
    Schools, Japanese--United States.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Family papers.
    Photograph albums.

    Separated Material

    The original oral history tapes from Box 519 have been removed for digitization. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for more information.