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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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 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 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: …
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 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
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: …
General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 17, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-182)
doc General meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 17, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-182)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the National Convention in Monterey, the Fourth of July parade, and the JACL-sponsored community picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0181
Special general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 1, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-184)
doc Special general meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, May 1, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-184)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include donations from other chapters for use of the Monterey chapter's American flag, the community picnic, and the proposal to collect donations at the picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0183
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 5, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-76)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, November 5, 1936 (ddr-csujad-44-76)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes reports on expenses relating to the "Japan Night" program at the county fair, the postponement of the garden project, and committee appointments. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0075
Meeting of the Public Relations Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-86)
doc Meeting of the Public Relations Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-44-86)
Meeting minutes of the Public Relations Board of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Includes discussion of the District Council meeting in Santa Rosa. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0085
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 6, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-181)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, April 6, 1941 (ddr-csujad-44-181)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Features discussion of matters relating to the membership drive, the Japanese show, and the community picnic. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0180
Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 3, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-88)
doc Executive meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, June 3, 1937 (ddr-csujad-44-88)
Minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League executive meeting. Discussion topics include the Northern California District Council meeting, recreation during the summer months, the county fair, and the Fourth of July parade. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0087
Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 18, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-145)
doc Meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, January 18, 1940 (ddr-csujad-44-145)
Meeting minutes of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include the installation of new chapter officers, raising money for the National Infantile Paralysis Fund through JACL-sponsored benefits, and the lawn project at the Japanese Association Hall. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csumb_ms15_0144
Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 14, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-63)
doc Executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League, March 14, 1935 (ddr-csujad-44-63)
Minutes of the third executive board meeting of the Monterey Peninsula Japanese American Citizens League. Topics include anti-alien land bills and related legislation discussed at a special session of the Northern California District Council, the appointment of Hal Higashi as chairman of the Public Relations Board, and the purchase of an American flag for club use. …
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
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