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 (1813)

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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
Social committee appointed (ddr-csujad-46-45)
doc Social committee appointed (ddr-csujad-46-45)
Document of Turlock Social Club, social committee appointed in 1935. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0045
Turlock Social Club annual meeting minutes, February 7, 1937 (ddr-csujad-46-47)
doc Turlock Social Club annual meeting minutes, February 7, 1937 (ddr-csujad-46-47)
Turlock Social Club annual meeting held in the Turlock Social Club hall. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0047
Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, July 3, 1938 (ddr-csujad-46-50)
doc Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, July 3, 1938 (ddr-csujad-46-50)
Turlock Social Club meeting discussing community activities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0050
Letter from Fumi Yaki to Japanese American Citizens League member chapters, April 3, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-5)
doc Letter from Fumi Yaki to Japanese American Citizens League member chapters, April 3, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-5)
Letter describing Fumi Yaki's leave of position due to first mass removal in California. She states turning her work over to Miss Mary Louise K. Seo. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0005
Turlock Social Club regular meeting minutes, January 19, 1936 (ddr-csujad-46-46)
doc Turlock Social Club regular meeting minutes, January 19, 1936 (ddr-csujad-46-46)
Turlock Social Club regular meeting held by president James Yoshino and secretary George Marimoto. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0046
Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, June 5, 1938 (ddr-csujad-46-42)
doc Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, June 5, 1938 (ddr-csujad-46-42)
Turlock Social Club meeting minutes led by President Jack Noda. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0042
Turlock Social Club certificate of donation appreciation (ddr-csujad-46-33)
doc Turlock Social Club certificate of donation appreciation (ddr-csujad-46-33)
Turlock Social Club Certificate of Donation Appreciation. Inlcudes names of Japanese American indiciduals, Taiji or Yasuji Fujimoto and Nobutsugu or Shinji Tsuda. Documents in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0033
Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, February 4, 1934 (ddr-csujad-46-44)
doc Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, February 4, 1934 (ddr-csujad-46-44)
Turlock Social Club meeting held by president James Yoshino and secretary Jack Noda, discussing finances. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0044
Constitution of the Stanislaus-Merced Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-46-4)
doc Constitution of the Stanislaus-Merced Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-csujad-46-4)
Constitution of the Stanislaus-Merced Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League and chapter requirements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0004
Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, October 1, 1937 (ddr-csujad-46-48)
doc Turlock Social Club meeting minutes, October 1, 1937 (ddr-csujad-46-48)
Turlock Social Club meeting discussing funds. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0048
Donation receipt (ddr-csujad-5-264)
doc Donation receipt (ddr-csujad-5-264)
A receipt for five dollars donation made by M. Okine [Masao Okine or Makoto Okine] on August 9, 1951 to Pacific Southwest Japanese American Citizens League Anti-discrimination Committee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_02_001
Donation receipt (ddr-csujad-5-265)
doc Donation receipt (ddr-csujad-5-265)
A receipt for five dollars donation made by Seiichi Okine on February 4, 1949 to Pacific Southwest Japanese American Citizens League Anti-discrimination Committee. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_02_002
JACL ADC (ddr-csujad-5-274)
doc JACL ADC (ddr-csujad-5-274)
A flier issued by Southern California Japanese American Citizens League Anti-Discrimination Committee. It summarizes the JACL activities and achievements as well as solicits financial supports. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: oki_03_09_001
Frank Toru Ishii (ddr-csujad-50-3)
img Frank Toru Ishii (ddr-csujad-50-3)
Photograph portrait of Frank Toru Ishii. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_ish_0003
Ishii family; Frank, Hisa, Frances, Kiyo (ddr-csujad-50-4)
img Ishii family; Frank, Hisa, Frances, Kiyo (ddr-csujad-50-4)
The Ishii family, parents Frank and Hisa, daughters Frances and Kiyo, standing in front of a building at Jerome camp labeled "3-07-D." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: hslb_ish_0004
George Kondo near a display of photographs taken at incarceration camps during World War II (ddr-csujad-52-14)
img George Kondo near a display of photographs taken at incarceration camps during World War II (ddr-csujad-52-14)
A man is positioned next to a display board showing photographs and text. The caption above photograph reads, "SAN FRANCISCO, April 21--SEEKING INTERNMENT COMPENSATION-- George Kondo looks over a display of Japanese internment photographs taken during World Warr II, at the Japanese-American Citizen League in San Francisco Monday. Like 120,000 others, Kondo was interned by presidential …
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