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 (1601)

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1601 items
J.A.C.L. formal dinner party (ddr-densho-201-455)
img J.A.C.L. formal dinner party (ddr-densho-201-455)
Japanese American Citizens League formal dinner party, occasion unknown. Caption on reverse: "Shanafelt & Onffroy Fine Photography; Phone 2457-W 600 Shoshone Ave.; Boise, Idaho."
J.A.C.L. 11th Biennial National Convention Program (ddr-densho-201-466)
doc J.A.C.L. 11th Biennial National Convention Program (ddr-densho-201-466)
Title on cover: "11th biennial national convention; Blueprint for Tomorrow; Japanese American Citizens League 20th anniversary; 1950 September 28 - October 2; Chicago."
Officers of the J.A.C.L. take oath (ddr-densho-201-468)
img Officers of the J.A.C.L. take oath (ddr-densho-201-468)
New officers of the Japanese American Citizens League are sworn in.
J.A.C.L. 1945 Reflections (ddr-densho-201-460)
doc J.A.C.L. 1945 Reflections (ddr-densho-201-460)
Twenty-four page booklet published by the Japanese American Citizens League. Title on cover: "1945 Reflection." Includes articles, editorials, drawings, society pages, memorials, and quotations from soldiers.
doc "First Postwar Pacific Northwest JACL Convention 1951" (ddr-densho-201-464)
Program for the 1951 Pacific Northwest Japanese American Citizens League Convention. Title on cover: "First Postwar Pacific Northwest JACL Convention 1951; 'The JACL Comes of Age'; 21st Anniversary; September 1, 2, 3 - Bush Hotel - Seattle, Washington." Includes photographs, advertisements, schedules, a letter from William Devin, Mayor of Seattle, a letter from Harry Takagi, Pacific …
Dancing at the J.A.C.L. Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-201-453)
img Dancing at the J.A.C.L. Sayonara Ball (ddr-densho-201-453)
Men and women dancing in formal attire. Caption on reverse: "R.S. Ochi Photography 522 Brdwy. No. Seattle, Wash."
New officers of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-201-469)
img New officers of the Japanese American Citizens League (ddr-densho-201-469)
From associated newspaper clipping: "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, recording secretary; and Mits Kashiwagi, treasurer." …
doc "JACL Reflections: Happy New Year" (ddr-densho-201-459)
Japanese American Citizens League sixteen-page booklet. Title on cover: "JACL Reflections: Happy New Year." Contains staff reflections, memorial services, newsettes, messages from service men, song dedications, church communique, humor, weddings, and other reflections.
doc "Japanese American Citizens League Intermountain District Convention" (ddr-densho-201-465)
"Official Souvenir Program; Second Biennial Intermountain District Convention; Japanese American Citizens League; December 14-15, 1946 Weiser, Idaho; December 16, 1946 Boise, Idaho." Includes letters, photographs, and advertisements in addition to the schedules. There are signatures throughout the program, particularly across portrait photographs.
Opening remarks to JACL meeting (ddr-densho-345-73)
doc Opening remarks to JACL meeting (ddr-densho-345-73)
Frank Sato's opening remarks to a meeting of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) with other redress groups. He calls for the JACL and these redress groups to put aside their differences and work together to achieve the larger goal of the redress movement.
Letter from Harry Gamble to Floyd D. Shimomura (ddr-densho-345-74)
doc Letter from Harry Gamble to Floyd D. Shimomura (ddr-densho-345-74)
Harry Gamble writes to Floyd Shimomura about the National Park Service making Tule Lake concentration camp a National Historic Landmark site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-338-397)
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.
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