Discrimination--Law and legislation
Japanese American Citizens' League
Japanese American Citizens' League. National Committee for Redress
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Japanese Americans -- Oregon -- Portland -- Societies and clubs
World War, 1939-1945--Evacuation of civilians
This collection comprises the records of the Portland chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) from 1941 to 1994, though it includes materials as early as 1930 and as late as 2008. It encompasses the period leading up to the forced exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and the re-establishment of the local community following the closure of the internment camps in 1945.
The collection contains organizational records, scrapbooks, ephemera, publications, audiotapes, videotapes and photographs. Subjects include the Portland JACL's administrative activities, civil rights activism, evacuation/internment preparation, JACL conventions and events, reparations/redress, the Pacific Northwest District Council JACL, and the National JACL.
Due to Executive Order 9066 leading to the internment of Japanese Americans in 1942 this collection contains a gap of nearly four years.The organizational records begin in 1931 and run through May 15, 1942 when the chapter ceased all activity due to the internment. The records resume in February 1946 with the re-formation of the Portland chapter.
While an attempt was made to retain the original folder titles wherever possible, titles appearing in quotations are those of original files which lacked some element such as date, descriptive information, or were otherwise dissimilar or confusing when compared to its contents. Files with confusing original titles frequently include a description of the contents following the quoted title.
All materials are grouped in their original groupings wherever possible. Any exceptions to this, such as the presidential handbooks or a few convention folders, include the creator's name in the folder title (e.g. "Connie Masuoka's Pacific Northwest District Council handbook, 1994")
Series 1: Administration and Officers, 1930-May 15, 1942 and February 26, 1946-2004
Series 2: Conventions, 1934-2000
Series 3: Publications, 1942-2008
Series 4: Reparations and Redress, 1973-1991
Series 5: Resolution Number 7, 1989-1990
Series 6: Scrapbooks, 1964-1982
Series 7: Audiovisual, 1975-1993
Series 8: Photographs, 1940-1954
Series 9: Ephemera, 1941-2011