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Japanese American History Collection

Identifier: SPC-2019-035

Scope and Contents

The Japanese American History Collection (1907-2014) contains 7.54 linear feet of pamphlets, booklets, flyers, books, photographs, correspondence, oversized materials, periodicals, and other material related to Japanese Americans. The first three series in the collection are organized by time period. They include topics such as the Sino-Japanese Conflict, incarceration camps, perceptions of Japanese Americans during World War II, Redress, prominent Japanese Americans, incarceration camp reunions, and other topics. Series four through seven are arranged by material type. Series four includes books about Japanese Americans, World War II and incarceration camps, Japanese American directories, magazines, and other newspapers and periodicals. Series five contains postcards and letters from Japanese Americans and includes empty propaganda envelopes. Series six contains photographs, photo albums, and photo collections on subjects such as Japanese American families, Japanese American families in the United States, Ethiopia, and Japan, Southbay history, and other topics. The final series includes oversized material such as paintings, posters, and photographs.


  • circa 1900-2014

Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


18 boxes

7.54 Linear Feet

Language of Materials




This collection contains books, pamphlets, flyers, photographs, booklets, correspondence, periodicals, and oversized material related to Japanese Americans. Subjects in the collection include incarceration camps, Southbay local history, World War II propaganda, Japanese American families, incarceration camp pilgrimages, and other topics.


This collection is arranged in seven series. The Periodicals and books series has four subseries: Books, Magazines, Directories, and Other periodicals.


  1. Series One: Pamphlets, booklets, and other material created before World War II
  2. Series Two: Pamphlets, booklets, and other material created during World War II
  3. Series Three: Pamphlets, booklets, flyers, and other material created after World War II
  4. Series Four: Periodicals and books
  5. Series Five: Correspondence
  6. Series Six: Photographs
  7. Series Seven: Oversized materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection contains library acquired material as well as material received through donations.

Related Materials

This collection is part of the California State University Japanese American Digitization Project. For related materials please consult: CSU Japanese American Digitization Project.

Inventory of the Japanese American History Collection
Jennifer Hill
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections Repository

University Library South -5039 (Fifth Floor)
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson CA 90747