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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Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-199)
img Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-199)
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League. Features color photographs of Junior JACL members playing games together and socializing at dinners, dances, picnics, and at the beach. Several photographs also document the group's trip to Utah for the National Junior JACL Convention. A number of pages include captions cut from magazines and other …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 16, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-129)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 16, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-129)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the JACL-sponsored garden project at the Monterey Union High School; suggestions for the membership drive; the Fourth of July parade, and discussions over whether the JACL or Japanese Association will sponsor; and the proposal to form a camera club. See this object in the …
Report of the Financial Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 21, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-84)
doc Report of the Financial Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 21, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-84)
Minutes of the Financial Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Discussion topics include shortening the business part of meetings to leave more time for planning social activities, and the suggestion that the chapter hold a quarterly social. Expenses for movie screenings are also discussed. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 13, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-100)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 13, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-100)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes report on the New Years dance and other expenses, and discussion on whether to give small thank you gifts to those who helped with the dance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0099
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 8, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-90)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 8, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-90)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics discussed include the county fair, the tea garden project, dues and membership cards, and meeting schedules. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0089
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 19, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-190)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 19, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-190)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Features discussion of matters relating to the entertainment of soldiers, plans to fix the club room, the upcoming Japanese show, and raising money for the endowment fund. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0189
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-44-195)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-44-195)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes reports on several issues facing the community, including the Monterey fishing problem and unemployment. A new, independent committee is formed to address these issues. Also includes discussion of acquiring the property located at 424 Adams Street in Monterey, the cost of remodeling the club …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-143)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-143)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the annual Christmas party, benefit movie screening, installation dinner, and results of the JACL election. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0142
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-70)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-70)
Minutes of the sixth general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics addressed include the special election for the office of vice presidency, organizational matters relating to the upcoming Feast of Lanterns parade in Pacific Grove, the chapter's participation in the Fourth of July parade, and the appropriation of travel expenses for the …
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League, 1964-1969 (ddr-csujad-44-197)
img Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League, 1964-1969 (ddr-csujad-44-197)
Scrapbook of the Monterey Peninsula Junior Japanese American Citizens League. Presented as a gift and dedicated to the graduating members of the Junior JACL, class of 1965. Contains black and white and color photographs of members at various meetings and social activities, including dances, dinners, picnics, and at the beach. Group outings to Big Sur, Bolado …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 22, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-81)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 22, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-81)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics addressed include the anti-alien bill, transportation for the JACL picnic, and details regarding a planned outing in May. Also discussed are plans for the garden project and JACL's participation in Fourth of July festivities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 20, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-173)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 20, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-173)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the Christmas party, the New Years dance, the Minato Club's request for a loan, and the election of chapter officers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0172
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 21, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-64)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 21, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-64)
Minutes of the third general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics discussed include JACL's policy regarding the anti-alien land bills before the Legislature, the question of whether to purchase an American flag for club use, and additional appointments to the Public Relations Board. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 18, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-66)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 18, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-66)
Minutes of the fourth general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics discussed include the creation of an advisory board, expatriation and single citizenship, and protests against anti-alien fishing legislation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0066
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 19, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-96)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 19, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-96)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of the New Years dance and the agenda for the next meeting. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0095
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 13, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-132)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 13, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-132)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics discussed include the JACL's appreciation of Assemblyman Weybret's work to defeat the anti-alien fishing bills, the proposal to display the chapter's American flag on Flag Day, plans for the membership drive, and the suggestion to sponsor a community picnic. See this object in the California …
General assembly of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 9, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-68)
doc General assembly of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 9, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-68)
Minutes of the fifth general assembly of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of expatriation, increasing the number of members in the chapter's boards, and JACL's policy on political endorsements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0068
Constitution of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League Monterey, California 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-5)
doc Constitution of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League Monterey, California 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-5)
The constitution of the Monterey Peninsula Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). The document contains articles outlining policies and procedures for activities, meetings, members, and officers of the JACL Monterey Peninsula Chapter. A handwritten note on the first page in the upper left corner states "KO 4/17/38." The fifth sheet of the document the …
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 25, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-72)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 25, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-72)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the resignation of Doctor Inada as president of the chapter, the proposal to hold a special election to select a new president, and the chapter's participation in the Pacific Grove boat parade and the Fourth of July parade. See this object in the California …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 13, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-180)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 13, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-180)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of matters relating to the upcoming benefit show, the membership drive, and membership cards. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0179
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-106)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 18, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-106)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the Japanese Student Club and whether the JACL should serve as a sponsor, the county fair, plans for a barbecue, and publicity for the oratorical contest. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0105
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 15, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-117)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 15, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-117)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the county fair parade, dance, and garden project; expenses and policies relating to the Pacific Citizen newspaper; the benefit show; the State Elks Convention Parade; and the inaugural ball. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0116
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 25, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-191)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 25, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-191)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the Japanese show, the JACL-sponsored party for soldiers, donations for the club room, the suggestion to hold an inaugural ball with the Salinas and San Benito chapters, and raising funds for the Community Chest drive. See this object in the California State Universities …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 21, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-99)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 21, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-99)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics addressed include the benefit movie scheduled for January, and the New Years dance. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0098
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-138)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-138)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include whether to set aside an emergency fund, participation in the county fair, and expenses from the recent raffle. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0137
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