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Japanese Studies

Japanese American Archival Collection at Sacramento State

Locates at the Special Collections & University Archives; The Japanese American Archival Collection chronicles the Japanese American experience in the United States from immigration and settlement to contemporary times. The focus is on the World War II period when, without evidence and due process of law, Japanese American citizens and their families were forcefully removed from their homes, deprived of their property and constitutional rights, and collectively placed in internment camps. The extent of the loyalty, courage, and spirit of these men and women of Japanese ancestry is related through writings, oral testimony, government and camp publications, photographs, and surviving works of art. The collection documents the reparation movement almost fifty years after the internment, resulting in the President of the United States of America, Congress, and the Courts formally apologizing and providing redress for camp survivors.

For more information about this collection contact:

Julie Thomas, Special Collections & Manuscript Librarian,
(916) 278-5240