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The Japanese American Archival Collection originated from a gift of photographs, documents and artifacts from the teaching materials of Mary Tsuruko Tsukamoto. Additional gifts to the collection include the Florin JACL Oral History Project, the Issei Oral History Project, the North Central Valley JACL/CSUS Oral History Project, Sacramento VFW Nisei Post 8985 and the Japanese American community. This award winning collection is comprised of over 5,000 documents, photographs, artifacts and exhibits materials housed in the California State University, Sacramento Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives.

The Japanese American Experience

The Collection chronicles the story of Japanese Americans in Northern California from 1869 through post World War II and continuing present day issues. During World War II, 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, camp newspapers, oral testimony, pictorial documentation and surviving works of art in the Collection. The faces in the photographs are a visual reminder of the people and their story. Almost fifty years after the internment of these citizens, the President of the United States of America, Congress and the Courts formally apologized and provided redress. America had learned that democracy is fragile and requires vigilance, protection and responsible citizenship by all.

The JAAC Mission

The University Library's Japanese American Archival Collection is dedicated to providing a permanent research and study resource for students, scholars, researchers and faculty from around the world. The Collection provides a unique resource for the study of the United States Constitution and for developing an appreciation of the importance of protecting and preserving America's democratic principles.

The Vision for the JAAC

"Through greater understanding of the heritage, philosophy and rich contributions of the 20th century Japanese Americans, the world community can better appreciate the achievements and cultural gifts of all Americans."
- The JAAC Advisory Board

The CSUS Library Japanese American Archival Collection will stand as a record recounting the struggle and triumph of Americans of Japanese ancestry, especially as they faced their greatest challenge.

The JAAC Endowment Fund

The JAAC Endowment Fund provides funds for restoration and preservation of the Collection. In addition, both Library and Endowment funds provide for exhibits and teaching forums for the Collection. Monetary donations can be made to this significant and award winning collection by contacting the CSUS Library JAAC at (916) 278-6467 or 2000 State University Drive East, Sacramento, CA 95819-6039.

You can also make your contribution to the JAAC Endowment Fund online by visiting the CSUS Advancement Office Website.
NOTE: Remember to select "Japanese American Archival Collection Endowment" as the Gift Designation.

Viewing the Collection

Students, visiting scholars, and the general public are welcome at the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Library, California State University, Sacramento. Hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Although no appointment is required to view the Japanese American Archival Collection, we highly recommend that you call us in advance at (916) 278-6144 or send an e-mail to Julie Thomas, Special Collections and Manuscripts Librarian so that we can provide the highest level of service.