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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General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 15, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-170)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 15, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-170)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the 1941 convention, the Pacific Citizen newspaper, suggestions for the annual Christmas party, the Northern California District Council meeting, the women's auxiliary, and the New Years dance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0169
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 10, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-98)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 10, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-98)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Features a talk on the Sino-Japanese conflict, and discussion on plans for the benefit social. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0097
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 27, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-74)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 27, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-74)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the "Japan Night" program at the county fair, the high school tea garden project, and committee reports and appointments. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0073
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 4, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-179)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 4, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-179)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes a tentative calendar of events for the rest of the year. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0178
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-111)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-111)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of matters relating to the Pacific Citizen bill, flag donation, Soap Box Derby, and JACL National Convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0110
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 19, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-188)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 19, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-188)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Features announcements regarding the purchase of defense bonds, donations from the District Council, and work on fixing up the club room. Also includes discussion of the upcoming District Council meeting in Stockton. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 27, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-115)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 27, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-115)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the raffle and skating party, Soap Box Derby, county fair, and upcoming benefit show. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0114
Meeting of the Membership Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-87)
doc Meeting of the Membership Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-87)
Meeting minutes of the Membership Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Board proposes goal of forty members by the Fourth of July, and suggests that at least one social event be held each month. Additional suggestions on how to improve meetings and increase membership are made. See this object in the California State …
Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 26, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-125)
doc Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 26, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-125)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports on the Northern California District Council meeting, and disagreements between first- and second-generation Japanese immigrants about the anti-alien fishing bill. Discussion topics include changes to the composition of the Executive Board, delegate nominations, and payment of member dues. See this object in the California …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 1, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-148)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 1, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-148)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Features discussion on how to increase membership. Suggestions include reaching out to church members and inviting interesting speakers to meetings. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0147
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, October 25, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-141)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, October 25, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-141)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the Japanese Association Hall lawn project, the New Years dance, and collecting donations to raise money for the JACL "sinking fund." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0140
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 22, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-127)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 22, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-127)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Discussion topics include the JACL-sponsored garden project at the Monterey Union High School, the anti-alien fishing bill, and the proposal that the Monterey Peninsula JACL sponsor the district convention in 1941. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0126
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 13, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-110)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 13, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-110)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of matters relating to the Soap Box Derby, Fourth of July, county fair, and National JACL Convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0109
Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 5, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-122)
doc Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 5, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-122)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive board meeting. Includes discussion of matters relating to the New Years dance, the JACL-sponsored skating party for the commemoration of the President's Ball, the District Council gathering, and the upkeep of the Japanese Association Hall. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 28, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-103)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 28, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-103)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics discussed include details of the upcoming talk on the Sino-Japanese conflict, and the oratorical contest in Monterey. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0102
Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 7, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-139)
doc Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 7, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-139)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of committee appointments and the idea of holding a shibai to raise money. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0138
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 14, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-150)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 14, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-150)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports on JACL's participation in the Monterey Birthday Party event, the District Council meeting in San Jose, and the membership drive. Also includes discussion of whether the chapter should take over one of the dance classes at the Bay View Grammar School, the publication of …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 24, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-104)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 24, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-104)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the JACL paper project, the oratorical contest, the revision to the JACL constitution, and chapter meeting notices. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0103
Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 9, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-144)
doc Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 9, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-144)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Features discussion of the Christmas party, New Years dance, committee appointments, installation dinner, and suggestions for benefit events. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0143
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 12, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-95)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 12, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-95)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of whether to change the name of the JACL, now that the chapter is no longer part of the National Council nor Northern California District Council. Additional topics include the election of Masato Suyama as chapter president, and the New Years dance. See this …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-137)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-137)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the expenses of the Public Relations Board, the Fourth of July parade, and plans for various social events. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0136
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 13, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-156)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 13, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-156)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Features discussion of the Arbor Day program, membership drive, El Toro softball league, graduation party, and a proposal from the Nihon-jin-kai (Nihonjinkai), or Japanese Association, that the JACL help decorate the hall for the opening celebration of the remodeled building. A list of new members is …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 1, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-152)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 1, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-152)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of participation in civic activities, an upcoming lecture on the Japanese American treaty abrogation, and plans for a talent show and movie fest. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0151
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-114)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-114)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics include the county fair dance and selection of official delegates for the JACL National Convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0113
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 14, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-80)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 14, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-80)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics discussed include a telegram asking for help fighting anti-alien legislation, the membership drive, and picnics the chapter is organizing. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0079
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