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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JACL National Convention Board Meeting minutes (ddr-densho-280-49)
doc JACL National Convention Board Meeting minutes (ddr-densho-280-49)
Minutes from the seventh National Convention Board Meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League.
Letter of gratitude to Joe Hamanaka from Jim Matsuoka (ddr-densho-280-40)
doc Letter of gratitude to Joe Hamanaka from Jim Matsuoka (ddr-densho-280-40)
Letter from James M. Matsuoka thanking Joe Hamanaka for sending a promotional material and congratulating him on submitting the winning JACL 17th Biennial Convention theme.
JACL 17th Biennial National Convention welcome drafts (ddr-densho-280-31)
doc JACL 17th Biennial National Convention welcome drafts (ddr-densho-280-31)
Joe Hamanaka brainstormed welcome slogans and phrases for the Japanese American Citizens League's 17th Biennial Convention. Notes are written on the back of a Grant Advertising, Inc. flyer.
Slogan for 1962 Convention- Selection (ddr-densho-280-32)
doc Slogan for 1962 Convention- Selection (ddr-densho-280-32)
A typed document outlining slogan options for the Japanese American Citizens League's 17th Biennial Convention.
JACL Pioneer Banquet program (ddr-densho-280-21)
doc JACL Pioneer Banquet program (ddr-densho-280-21)
Program for the JACL's 17th Biennial National Convention's Pioneer Banquet.
Letter enlisting Joe Hamanaka's help for JACL convention (ddr-densho-280-37)
doc Letter enlisting Joe Hamanaka's help for JACL convention (ddr-densho-280-37)
Letter from James Matsuoka enlisting Joe Hamanaka to assist with public relations for the Japanese American Citizens League 17th Biennial Convention in the summer of 1962.
Note to Joe Hamanaka (ddr-densho-280-35)
doc Note to Joe Hamanaka (ddr-densho-280-35)
A note to Joe Hamanaka from Peter Ohtaki thanking him for taking charge of display advertising and relaying draft deadlines.
The 17th Biennial National JACL Convention Program (ddr-densho-280-36)
doc The 17th Biennial National JACL Convention Program (ddr-densho-280-36)
Program outlining all of the events at the Japanese American Citizens League Convention in Seattle, Washington, 1962.
Campaign letter for SJR 21 from JACL (ddr-densho-280-27)
doc Campaign letter for SJR 21 from JACL (ddr-densho-280-27)
This letter from the Japanese American Citizens League encourages Washington state voters to vote "yes" for Senate Joint Resolution No. 21, which would abolish restrictions on land ownership. It details the reasons a similar resolution did not pass two years ago and encourages readers to spread the word about SJR 21.
JACL Public Relations Committee final slogan suggestions (ddr-densho-280-51)
doc JACL Public Relations Committee final slogan suggestions (ddr-densho-280-51)
Letter from Peter Ohtaki encouraging his JACL (Japanese American Citizens League) Public Relations committee members to finalize their choices for the 17th Biennial National Convention slogan.
JACL Luncheon Invitation (ddr-densho-280-45)
doc JACL Luncheon Invitation (ddr-densho-280-45)
Invitation from Peter Ohtaki to members of the JACL Convention Public Relations Committee to continue planning the upcoming event. Includes a Congressional Record copy.
Senate Joint Resolution No. 21 (SJR #21): Abolishing Restrictions on Land Ownership fact sheet (ddr-densho-280-30)
doc Senate Joint Resolution No. 21 (SJR #21): Abolishing Restrictions on Land Ownership fact sheet (ddr-densho-280-30)
A typed and revised document that briefly outlines the key points behind Senate Joint Resolution 21.
Political Affairs State Department Official to Address National JACL Banquet (ddr-densho-280-20)
doc Political Affairs State Department Official to Address National JACL Banquet (ddr-densho-280-20)
Press release announcing the sudden change of speakers at the JACL's 17th Biennial National Convention in Seattle, Washington. Alexis Johnson, Deputy Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs replaced Assistant Secretary of State for Far Eastern Affairs W. Averell Harriman.
White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League vice presidents (ddr-densho-277-73)
doc White River Valley Chapter, Valley Civic League vice presidents (ddr-densho-277-73)
A list of the JACL White River Valley Chapter members who acted vice presidents from 1990 to 2009.
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