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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Japanese American Citizens League celebration (ddr-densho-136-40)
img Japanese American Citizens League celebration (ddr-densho-136-40)
This JACL celebration took place at the Olympic Hotel in Downtown Seattle.
Salt Lake Japanese American Citizens League Chapter (ddr-densho-162-26)
img Salt Lake Japanese American Citizens League Chapter (ddr-densho-162-26)
L to R: Mike Masaoka, Tom Matsumori, Miye Asahina, Shake Ushio, Tomoko Watanuki, Kay Terashima, Joe Kurumada.
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 ...
The Japanese American Citizens League Mt. Rainier outing (ddr-densho-353-355)
img The Japanese American Citizens League Mt. Rainier outing (ddr-densho-353-355)
Captioned: "Delegates enjoyed a respite from serious issues with an outing at Mt. Rainier."
The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-353)
img The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-353)
The 1930 Sayonara Ball was held at the Seattle Yacht Club.
First Hill drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-353-360)
img First Hill drum and bugle corps (ddr-densho-353-360)
The Corps performed at the national Japanese American Citizens League convention.
The Japanese American Citizens League opening session (ddr-densho-353-351)
img The Japanese American Citizens League opening session (ddr-densho-353-351)
The opening session was held in the Seattle Chamber of Commerce auditorium.
The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-354)
img The Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-353-354)
The 1936 Sayonara Ball was held in the Spanish Ballroom.
J.A.C.L. formal dinner party (ddr-densho-201-456)
img J.A.C.L. formal dinner party (ddr-densho-201-456)
Japanese American Citizens League formal dinner party, occasion unknown.
Japanese American Citizens League Intermountain District Council Convention program and directory (ddr-densho-201-467)
doc Japanese American Citizens League Intermountain District Council Convention program and directory (ddr-densho-201-467)
Title on cover: "Japanese American Citizens League; Intermountain District Council Convention; November 25, 26, 27; Convention Headquaters [sic] Hotel Ben Lomond; Ogden, Utah; Program on pages 39, 41, 43; Convention Program and Directory."
img "J.A.C.L. Sayonara Ball" (ddr-densho-201-452)
Caption on front: "J.A.C.L. Sayonara Ball - Masonic Temple - Seattle 1941; Nov. 16; 9-1-[illegible], R.S. Ochi Seattle."
J.A.C.L. 1942 Reflections (ddr-densho-201-463)
doc J.A.C.L. 1942 Reflections (ddr-densho-201-463)
Twenty-two page booklet published by the Japanese American Citizens League. Title on cover: "Reflection." Handwritten on cover: "Beulah Shigeno." Includes society columns, gossip columns, church news, jokes, and drawings.
doc "Seattle Chapter Installs New Officers" (ddr-densho-201-472)
Pacific Citizen newspaper clipping from March 17, 1951: "SEATTLE, Wash.--Newly-installed officers of the Seattle JACL joined hands with Pres. Harry Takagi in a pledge for unity and teamwork in 1951 after the chapter's installation service recently. From left to right, Kay Yamaguchi, Ken Nogaki and James Matsuoka, vice-presidents; Pres. Takagi; Beulah Shigeno, corresponding secretary; Betty Noji, ...
Men shaking hands at J.A.C.L. formal dinner (ddr-densho-201-457)
img Men shaking hands at J.A.C.L. formal dinner (ddr-densho-201-457)
Men shaking hands at a Japanese American Citizens League formal dinner party, occasion unknown.
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