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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The Japanese American Citizens League (1819)

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Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
img Departing the JACL National Convention of 1986 (ddr-densho-10-27)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - I-5 / E. Sato / Departure - Hyatt Regency / Saturday, July 26, 1986."
Roger Daniels speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-34)
img Roger Daniels speaking at the 1986 JACL National Convention kickoff dinner (ddr-densho-10-34)
Caption on reverse: "To Cherry - 9A / E. Sato / Kickoff dinner guest speaker: Roger Daniels / Hyatt Regency / Monday, July 21, 1986."
JACL Legislative Education Committee plaque presentation at the Nisei Veterans Installation Banquet (ddr-densho-10-50)
img JACL Legislative Education Committee plaque presentation at the Nisei Veterans Installation Banquet (ddr-densho-10-50)
Cherry Kinoshita presenting plaques to Mas Fukuhara, Nisei Veterans Committee Commander, and John Ishii, MIS-NW President.
Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
doc Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
Interview transcripts from oral histories with Sonoma County Japanese American families. Conducted by Sonoma County JACL Oral History Project. The book was published in 2003. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp041-01-012
Evacuation and resettlement study, structural report, section II: the first six months at Tule Lake: social changes and a chronology of events (ddr-csujad-26-4)
doc Evacuation and resettlement study, structural report, section II: the first six months at Tule Lake: social changes and a chronology of events (ddr-csujad-26-4)
Report chronicling the first six months Tule Lake camp including the establishment of community activities, employment, schools, and barracks infrastructure. Describes challenges of adjusting to life in camp often using direct quotations from incarcerees to express struggles amid social and cultural groups as well as conflicts and strikes. Several events are also described including a description …
Legal aid department of Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-16)
doc Legal aid department of Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-16)
Report summarizing the establishment and workings of the legal aid department servicing Tule Lake based on an interview with Tim Yego. Includes a listing of department personnel with profiles and summarizes the types of cases brought to the department. Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object …
Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
doc Structural report, disorganization and reorganization, IV: social reorganization in Tule Lake (ddr-csujad-26-21)
Manuscript evaluating potential behavior patterns and social organization among incarcerees at Tule Lake including leadership roles, planning boards, efforts to curb juvenile delinquency and "Nisei apathy." Report compiled as a portion of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: mei_02_28_001
Special executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 28, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-112)
doc Special executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 28, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-112)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of matters relating to the skating party raffle and JACL National Convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0111
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 25, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-75)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 25, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-75)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports from the County Fair Entertainment Committee, and discussion of incorporating a barn dance into the "Japan Night" program at the county fair. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0074
Letter from Jimmie Tabata, First Vice President, Japanese American Citizens League Monterey Peninsula to Japanese American Citizens League of Monterey Peninsula Board Members, September 17, 1945 (ddr-csujad-44-3)
doc Letter from Jimmie Tabata, First Vice President, Japanese American Citizens League Monterey Peninsula to Japanese American Citizens League of Monterey Peninsula Board Members, September 17, 1945 (ddr-csujad-44-3)
Letter from Jimmie Tabata, First Vice President of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Monterey Peninsula Chapter, explaining to other board members of the JACL Monterey Peninsula Chapter that the JACL Monterey Chapter Hall will be released by the California State Guards, and Guy Curtis, who had been given power of attorney to represent the JACL …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 25, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-71)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 25, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-71)
Minutes of the seventh general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes report on the Northern California District Council meeting, discussion on plans to hold a benefit film screening, and selection of members to attend the Northern California District Convention at Fresno. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, 1957-1962 (ddr-csujad-44-198)
img Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, 1957-1962 (ddr-csujad-44-198)
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Consists chiefly of newspaper clippings about the activities of the JACL and Women's Auxiliary, including social events such as dances and barbecues, installation dinners recognizing officer appointments, and membership drives. Several clippings also note the academic achievements of Junior JACL members, sports activities organized by groups such …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 12, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-69)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 12, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-69)
Minutes of the sixth executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the program for the next general meeting. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0069
Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 11, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-61)
doc Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 11, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-61)
Minutes of the first executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics discussed include ticket prices for an upcoming benefit show, and changes to the price of dues and how they're collected. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0061
Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-140)
doc Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-140)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Features discussion of JACL's participation in county fair activities, including the parade, garden project, and dance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0139
Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-109)
doc Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-109)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the Chiyoko Matsuda recital, Fourth of July activities, and Feast of Lanterns boat parade. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0108
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, October 24, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-169)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, October 24, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-169)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports on the JACL-sponsored carnival, the benefit drawing, and the new issue of the "Tradewind." Also features discussion on JACL membership and how to attract new members, transportation to the Northern California District Council meeting in Sacramento, and the annual New Years dance. See this …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 20, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-187)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 20, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-187)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Features discussion of the Memorial Day cleanup, JACL-sponsored party for local graduates, participation in the Fourth of July parade, using donations collected from loaning out the chapter's American flag for its upkeep, and the San Francisco District Council meeting. See this object in the California State …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 12, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-161)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 12, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-161)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Features discussion of the Fourth of July parade, the upcoming talent show in Salinas, the cost of the new mimeograph, the women's auxiliary, suggestions for a benefit show, the Pacific Citizen newspaper, and the San Francisco District Council meeting. See this object in the California State …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 8, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-128)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 8, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-128)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics discussed include the meeting with the San Francisco chapter concerning the anti-alien fishing bill, the garden project at the Monterey Union High School, and committee appointments. Also discussed are suggestions of how to make the meetings more lively, a proposal to sponsor a camera …
Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 31, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-130)
doc Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 31, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-130)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the donation of cherry trees for the garden project at the Monterey Union High School, updates on the lawn project at the Japanese Association Hall, the status of the anti-alien fishing bill, and the proposal to hold a rally in support of the membership …
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