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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Warren Furutani, Japanese American Citizens League, Saburo Kido, James Sakamoto, Masao Satow, Walter Tsukamoto, Edison Uno

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Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-388)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-388)
Pat Okura's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Robert Pirosh (ddr-densho-338-410)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Robert Pirosh (ddr-densho-338-410)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roland Kadonaga (ddr-densho-338-423)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roland Kadonaga (ddr-densho-338-423)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-117)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-117)
A discussion about talking to Wayne Collins about the Iva Toguri d'Aquino pardon effort.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-372)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-372)
Harold Gordon's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Mike Masaoka (ddr-densho-338-411)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Mike Masaoka (ddr-densho-338-411)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Mas Satow (ddr-densho-338-404)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Mas Satow (ddr-densho-338-404)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding a contribution request for the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-385)
doc Letter regarding a contribution request for the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-385)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-374)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-374)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-396)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-396)
Scotty Miyakawa's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-378)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-378)
Noboru Honda's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from John W. Thomas (ddr-densho-338-418)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from John W. Thomas (ddr-densho-338-418)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-115)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-115)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Stan Delaplane about helping.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roger N. Baldwin (ddr-densho-338-412)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roger N. Baldwin (ddr-densho-338-412)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-371)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-371)
The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roy M. Nishikawa (ddr-densho-338-422)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Roy M. Nishikawa (ddr-densho-338-422)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Willard S. Townsend (ddr-densho-338-419)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Willard S. Townsend (ddr-densho-338-419)
Copy of a letter included in the thank you book presented to Guyo and Larry Tajiri at the Tajiri Testimonial Banquet of the JACL. The testimonial banquet recognized the Tajiris for their decade of service running the Pacific Citizen.
The Vanguard, Vol. 1, No. 1 ( August 1947) (ddr-densho-358-2)
doc The Vanguard, Vol. 1, No. 1 ( August 1947) (ddr-densho-358-2)
Selected article titles: "Local JACL Unit's Role in Community Aired by Leader" (p.1), "Evacuation Claims Bill Discussed by Dr. Leonard Bloom" (p.1, 6), "The Birth of the Vanguard" (p.2).
Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-326-60)
img Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-326-60)
Caption on front: "Third Biennial Northwest District Convention, Japanese American Citizens League [illegible], 1935"
Japanese American Citizens League convention (ddr-densho-35-257)
img Japanese American Citizens League convention (ddr-densho-35-257)
Japanese American Citizens League members at the 4th Biennial National Convention in Seattle.
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los …
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-122)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-122)
Letter discussing the changing attitudes in the JACL as well as Wayne Collins dislike of the organization.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-367)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-367)
Ina Sugihara's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Tajiri Testimonial book (ddr-densho-338-476)
doc Tajiri Testimonial book (ddr-densho-338-476)
A book presented to Larry and Guyo Tajiri during the Tajiri Testimonial put on by the JACL. The book contains letters from people thanking the Tajiris for their years of service to the Pacific Citizen.
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