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 (1820)

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Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-121)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, December 21, 1938 (ddr-csujad-44-121)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of matters relating to the New Years dance, the Northern California District Council, an amendment to the JACL constitution, and the election of chapter officers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0120
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 29, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-157)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 29, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-157)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of the 1941 convention, Monterey Birthday Party program, Fresno District Council meeting, Pacific Citizen newspaper, and a suggested letter of protest in response to an article in Liberty Magazine. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0156
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-131)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 11, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-131)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of matters relating to Assemblyman Weybret's opposition to the anti-alien fishing bill, the cherry tree formal presentation at the Monterey Union High School, and the proposal to display the chapter's American flag at the Monterey Bank show. See this object in the California …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 15, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-147)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, February 15, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-147)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of donations to the Infantile Paralysis Fund, participation in the Monterey Birthday Party event, and a petition for the Inter-Mountain District Council to join the National JACL. Additional topics include the Northern California District Council meeting, suggestions for how to increase membership, and protocols …
Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 23, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-136)
doc Special meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 23, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-136)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports on the Japanese Association Hall lawn project and the Fourth of July parade. Discussion topics include the Northern District Council Convention, and whether to propose Monterey as the location of the 1941 convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-135)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 14, 1939 (ddr-csujad-44-135)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the Japanese Association lawn project, participation in Fourth of July festivities, and plans for a talent parade and movie screening. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0134
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 12, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-167)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, September 12, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-167)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics covered include the women's auxiliary, the "Tradewind," suggestions for JACL's participation in the Monterey County Fair, the proposal to sponsor a carnival in conjunction with the planned benefit drawing, and the anti-alien fishing bills. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 6, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-183)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 6, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-183)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Includes discussion of matters relating to the mixer at the Bay View Grammar School, graduation party, Fourth of July parade, Memorial Day cleanup, and National Convention. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0182
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 6, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-93)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, August 6, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-93)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports from JACL boards on several topics, including donations, attendance at a Monterey City Council meeting, tea garden project construction and expenses, the upcoming barn dance, and the county fair parade. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0092
Digest of the West Coast Newspaper Items, December 6, 1945 to January 15, 1946 (ddr-csujad-19-8)
doc Digest of the West Coast Newspaper Items, December 6, 1945 to January 15, 1946 (ddr-csujad-19-8)
Factual information describing the activities of the Japanese Americans in the armed forces, Anti Japanese activities, housing of Japanese Americans in Burbank and other significant activities during the period from December 6, 1945 to January 15 , 1946. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_01-01_03
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1995 (ddr-csujad-24-88)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1995 (ddr-csujad-24-88)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which criticizes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for dismissing the Lim Report, a report commissioned by JACL in 1989 to determine the extent of their collaboration with Japanese American incarceration during Word War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Photograph of Michi Weglyn receiving award (ddr-csujad-24-143)
img Photograph of Michi Weglyn receiving award (ddr-csujad-24-143)
Japanese American Citizenship League (JACL) National President [Shigeki] Sugiyama presenting Michi Weglyn with the Japanese American of the Biennium Award. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_10_011
Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
doc Letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn, January 26, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-52)
A letter from Mits Koshiyama to Michi Weglyn about an article in Nichi Bei by Nisei veteran Eji Suyama. Koshiyama praises Suyama for writing that the Nisei veterans were used by the US government. Koshiyama agrees with this point, but argues that a resister like himself cannot make it in public without being criticized by the …
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, January 5, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-80)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, January 5, 1993 (ddr-csujad-24-80)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which criticizes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for dismissing the Lim Report, a report commissioned by JACL in 1989 to determine the extent of their collaboration with Japanese incarceration during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, December 07, 1978 (ddr-csujad-24-58)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she discusses an incarceration camp pilgrimage and a JACL conference. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_03_001
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, October 24, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-111)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, October 24, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-111)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she criticizes the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), and particularly M.M. [Mike Mosaoka], for arguing that siblings of former Japanese American incarcerees should not be able to receive redress checks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_08_013
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-2)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, July 23, 1990 (ddr-csujad-24-2)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin about the results of her Freedom of Information/Privacy Act (FOIPA) request on the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). Weglyn also writes about a pinched nerve that makes it difficult for her to write. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_01_002
31 Res.-13 Recognition of Draft Resisters (ddr-csujad-24-76)
doc 31 Res.-13 Recognition of Draft Resisters (ddr-csujad-24-76)
A resolution by the Seattle chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) recognizing the sacrifices and courage of Japanese American draft resisters during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_002
Letter to Helen Kawagoe, June 14, 1988 (ddr-csujad-24-101)
doc Letter to Helen Kawagoe, June 14, 1988 (ddr-csujad-24-101)
A letter to Helen Kawagoe about her campaign for president of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL). In the letter the author argues for fighting for the JACL to recognize the bravery and sacrifices of Japanese American draft resisters during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-11-153)
img Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-11-153)
A photograph of the Fourth of July Parade in Monterey, California. The Japanese American Citizens League is represented by the banner. From page 56 of: Tazu Kawamoto photo album (csudh_taz_0001). See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: taz_01_56_001
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. CL. 1, Itsuhei Takano, copy (ddr-csujad-42-136)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. CL. 1, Itsuhei Takano, copy (ddr-csujad-42-136)
A copy of the claim form, "No. CL. 1, Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry," prepared by Japanese American Citizens' League as an informational worksheet. It claims Itsuhei Takano's damage and loss. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1,  work sheet (ddr-csujad-42-134)
doc Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry, Form no. Cl. 1, work sheet (ddr-csujad-42-134)
An exact copy of the claim form, "Claim for damage to or loss of real or personal property by a person of Japanese ancestry," which is provided by Japanese American Citizens' League as a worksheet. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_72_002
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 12, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-194)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 12, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-194)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics include the inaugural ball, Christmas party, and New Years dance. Discussion of matters relating to discrimination in housing and employment referred to the Public Relations Board. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0193
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-154)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-154)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Topics include the Arbor Day program and the JACL membership drive and rally. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0153
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 15, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-91)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, July 15, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-91)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports from the treasurer, the Feast Of Lanterns boat parade committee, and the Fourth of July committee. Also includes discussion on matters relating to the Watsonville JACL, dues, the tea garden project, the donation drive to raise funds against anti-alien legislation, and the Northern California …
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