On December 7, 1941, Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States and Britian declared war on Japan. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 which led to the assembly, evacuation and relocation of nearly 122,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry on the west coast of the United States. Without evidence and due process of law, Japanese American citizens and their families were forced to leave their homes, their businesses, pets, land, and most of their belongings. Taking only what they could carry, families were taken by bus and train to assembly cetners where they awaited reassignment to "relocation camps." Documents and photographs in the JAAC provide evidence of the abrogation of civil liberties suffered by Japanese Americans during World War II.
Educational Uses of the Collection
The Japanese American Archival Collection has been an invaluable resource to a diverse group of users beyond the Sacramento State campus, including scholars, teachers, students, film makers, journalists, community groups, and artists. Every year, items from the Collection are loaned to community groups for Time of Remembrance programs, exhibited in Sacramento State's Library, and used by faculty for courses on campus. A digital collection of items from the JAAC is also available in the Online Archive of California, an educational resource on the web of over 120,000 images; 50,000 pages of documents, letters, and oral histories; and 8,000 guides to collections in California libraries, museums and historial societies.
To ensure the contiued growth and to support the educational mission of the JAAC, we invite financial and in-kind contributions.
Financial donations can be made online here or may be sent to the Dean of Library California State University, Sacramento Sacramento, CA 95819-6039
To make possible donations of historial documents, photographs, and other items to the collection, please write or phone the Head of the Special Collections & University Archive, Library, California State University, Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95819-6039, 916-278-5469