The Japanese American Citizens League

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) was organized in the late 1920s by a small group of young, professional nisei in response to the anti-Japanese fervor of the times. The organization was decidedly patriotic and dealt with discrimination by emphasizing American citizenship, loyalty, and assimilation. Because of their ideology, JACL members were recruited by the military to assist in carrying out the "evacuation" orders, and they urged Japanese Americans to cooperate with the government. The group inspired strong, mixed feelings among Japanese Americans during this time. However, in the years following the war, the JACL regained much of its former support by successfully overturning many legal barriers for Japanese Americans.

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Telegram requesting to join in the recognition of the Pacific Citizen (ddr-densho-338-359)
doc Telegram requesting to join in the recognition of the Pacific Citizen (ddr-densho-338-359)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter to Bill Hosakawa from Mas Yonemura (ddr-densho-338-164)
doc Letter to Bill Hosakawa from Mas Yonemura (ddr-densho-338-164)
A letter talking about Larry and Guyo Tajiri's time running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-112)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-112)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Katherine Pinkham In support of that effort.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Elise F. Musser (ddr-densho-338-414)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Elise F. Musser (ddr-densho-338-414)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-400)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-400)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-393)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-393)
Ruby Yoshino Schaar's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-373)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-373)
Shig Wakamatsu's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-382)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-382)
Roy Kaneko's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-364)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-364)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-375)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-375)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-124)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-124)
A letter from Guyo Tajiri requesting Stan Delaplane's assistance in the pardon effort.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-114)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-114)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Stan Delaplane about helping.
1965 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-158)
doc 1965 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-158)
The program for an event celebrating graduates who were members of the JACL.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-391)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-391)
Ray Yasui's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-401)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-401)
George Hara's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los …
Meeting Minutes from the Special National Board Meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League on March 8, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-768)
doc Meeting Minutes from the Special National Board Meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League on March 8, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-768)
Meeting minutes from the JACL Special Nation Board Meeting. Topics include bids for national membership, future organization and activities, Appointment of national committee chairmen, nomination of officers, Washington representative, Special report on evacuation, and discussion on general evacuation principles.
JACL National California District Council Meeting Photograph (ddr-densho-356-15)
img JACL National California District Council Meeting Photograph (ddr-densho-356-15)
Panaramic photograph of the Japanese American Citizen's League National California District Council Meeting attendees standing on the steps of a building. Inscribed on the photograph is "J.A.C.L. National California District Council meeting Santa Rosa, California, June 6, 1937"
Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies meeting on February 20, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-767)
doc Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies meeting on February 20, 1942 (ddr-densho-356-767)
Meeting Minutes from Committee of Immigrant Serving Agencies meeting on February 20, 1942. Topics covered in the meeting include: reading correspondence regarding Japanese Americans, summery of recent board meeting, planned community outreach regarding public sentiment towards Japanese Americans, and planning financial assistance for Japanese Americans.
Red Cross Membership Card (ddr-densho-356-740)
doc Red Cross Membership Card (ddr-densho-356-740)
Yuriko Domoto Tsukada's Red Cross Membership Card for 1942.
Selected Bibliography (ddr-densho-356-850)
doc Selected Bibliography (ddr-densho-356-850)
A select bibliography on Japanese American History distributed by the Japanese American Citizens League.
JACL Northern California District Council Convention (ddr-densho-356-17)
img JACL Northern California District Council Convention (ddr-densho-356-17)
Panaramic photograph of the Japanese American Citizen's League Northern California District Council Convention attendees standing outdoors holding signs with their town names. Inscribed on the photograph is "Outing at Seacliff Second Biannial Northern California District Council Convention Sept. 4-5-6 1937 - Watsonville"
Yuriko Domoto JACL ID (ddr-densho-356-741)
doc Yuriko Domoto JACL ID (ddr-densho-356-741)
Yuriko Domoto Tsukada's JACL Identification card that includes her photograph and finger print.
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