May 25, 2022

Collaboration: Archives at 15 California St. University Campuses to Digitize Nearly 10,000 Japanese American Internment Documents and Oral Histories

From California State University, Dominguez Hills:

The National Park Service has awarded a two-year $321,554 grant to California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) Archives and Special Collections to serve as principal investigator on a collaborative project between archives at 15 CSU campuses to digitize nearly 10,000 documents and more than 100 oral histories related to the confinement of Japanese Americans during World War II. The CSU Japanese American Digitization Project will make these materials available on a CSU-sponsored website and also result in a teaching guide and traveling exhibit for schools and the public.

“It is heartening to have the National Park Service acknowledge the scale and importance of the CSU’s collections,” said CSUDH Director of Archives and Special Collections Greg Williams. “The grant will ensure that this significant part of our history can be studied for generations to come.”

Many campuses throughout the CSU system were located near California’s incarceration camps and Japanese American communities. Throughout the last half century, their archives, libraries, oral history projects and history departments have collected archival and manuscript materials, objects, and media relating to Japanese internment that have yet to be digitized.

Direct to CSU Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections Web Site

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