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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JACL Convention (ddr-densho-18-44)
img JACL Convention (ddr-densho-18-44)
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Convention outside the Jackson Building in Seattle's Nihonmachi.
National JACL Conference (ddr-densho-18-47)
img National JACL Conference (ddr-densho-18-47)
Attendees of the National Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Conference stand in front of the King County Courthouse at 3rd Avenue and James Street.
JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
doc JACL certificate of identification (oath of allegiance) (ddr-densho-25-15)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Issei were required to carry government-issued identification documents because of their alien status. The Nisei, who were American citizens, did not have to carry such documents. However, the JACL encouraged Nisei to carry identification papers voluntarily. This document belonged to Mae Iseri. The document featured an oath of allegiance that …
JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
doc JACL affidavit (ddr-densho-25-25)
Mae Iseri signed this affidavit when she became a member of the JACL. By signing, she swore allegiance to the United States, renounced allegiance to any other country, and condemned the "infamous machinations" of the Japanese government.
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.
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.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from William E. Kent (ddr-densho-338-421)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from William E. Kent (ddr-densho-338-421)
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-338-392)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-392)
Harry Miyako's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-123)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-123)
A letter from Guyo Tajiri requesting Phil Hanley's assistance in the pardon effort.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-369)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-369)
Roy Nishikawa'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 Ralph and Marjorie Martin (ddr-densho-338-417)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Ralph and Marjorie Martin (ddr-densho-338-417)
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-338-116)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-116)
A discussion about talking to Wayne Collins about the Iva Toguri d'Aquino pardon effort.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Annie Clo Watson (ddr-densho-338-408)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Annie Clo Watson (ddr-densho-338-408)
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-338-384)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-384)
Lt. Col. Tsukamoto'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-338-397)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-397)
Tom Iseri's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
1966 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-154)
doc 1966 Graduates celebration program (ddr-densho-338-154)
The program for an event celebrating graduates who were members of the JACL.
Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Monroe E. Deutsch (ddr-densho-338-413)
doc Thank you letter to Guyo and Larry Tajiri from Monroe E. Deutsch (ddr-densho-338-413)
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-338-119)
doc Letter regarding the effort to pardon Iva Toguri d'Aquino (ddr-densho-338-119)
Guyo Tajiri participated in a JACL led effort to receive a pardon for Iva Toguri d'Aquino. This is a letter from Guyo Tajiri discussing her conversations with Stan Delaplane.
Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-402)
doc Letter adding a contribution to the gift fund for Larry and Guyo Tajiri (ddr-densho-338-402)
Masaji Toki's contribution to the gift fund. The JACL Committee of 150 honored Larry and Guyo Tajiri for their work with the Pacific Citizen.
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