Japanese American Archival Collection


The Japanese American Archival Collection at Sacramento State chronicles the Japanese American experience of immigration and settlement to the United States, WWII internment, redress, and reparations. The collection was established in 1994 with a gift of photographs, documents and artifacts from the teaching materials of Mary Tsukamoto, and additional gifts from the Florin Japanese American Citizens League, records of the Sacramento VFW Nisei Post 8985, and more than 240 individual community members. It is international in scope, with an emphasis on Sacramento and the Central Valley, and is widely recognized because of the depth and breadth of its holdings. It includes documents created by incarcerees, governmental bodies, the military, concentration camp administrators and employees, and community members who were supportive of and hostile to people of Japanese descent. Formats of the primary sources include diaries, documents, pamphlets, newsletters, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts, artwork, textiles, monographs, audio/visuals, electronic records, serials, and personal narratives.

For more information about how to access our collections, please contact us by phone 916-278-6144 or send email to lib-scua@csus.edu.