Scope of the Collection

The collection is available at JAHSSD at the San Diego History Center, Casa de Balboa, Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado #3  San Diego, CA 92101.   Volunteers staff the collection on Mondays.  Research access is by appointment only.  Email Linda Canada, Archivist, for an appointment:

Issei/Nisei Interviews

: Reel to Reel tapes (40) cassette tapes (20) 3 file drawers of transcripts. The bulk of the project involves Issei (first generation) immigrants whose interviews were recorded in the 1970s in a combination of English and Japanese and translated and transcribed in English.

Clara Breed materials

: Photographs of and by Miss Breed; original documents including her pass to visit the Santa Anita Assembly Center; copies of letters between Miss Breed and student correspondents during the Internment period; materials related to writing and publication of Dear Miss Breed by Joanne Oppenheim (2006).

JAHSSD records

: Corporate records, newsletters, photographs and documents relating to exhibitions mounted and activities undertaken by the organization beginning with its founding in 1991.

Community Organization records

: Documents, photographs, newsletters, and activity records from many non-profit organizations of the Japanese American community in San Diego including: Buddhist Temple San Diego, Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ, Japanese American Citizens League (San Diego Chapter), Asian American Post 4851, Kiku Gardens, and Japanese Friendship Garden.

Donald H. Estes Collection

: Research and writings from the teaching career of City College of San Diego history professor Donald H. Estes; 30 boxes of books relating to the Japanese and Japanese immigrants throughout the world (predominantly United States); relocation and internment; reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias in Japanese.

Military collection

: Photographs, documents, uniforms, medals and insignia, souvenirs and other items and objects related to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service and their activities in both the Pacific and European theaters of operation. Some information about service during the Korean and Vietnam wars is included but the bulk of the collection relates to World War II.

Photograph collection

: Date range is c 1890 – 2008. General categories include: Farming, Fishing, Commercial Businesses, Relocation and Internment, and Military. The collection is strong in the 1920-40 period and includes many photographs of organizations and businesses. Group panoramic photographs include religious and educational institutions, sports organizations, and Japanese American Citizens League activities.

Scrapbooks and photo Albums

: More than 40 albums include photographs and newspaper clippings about local families, churches, military organizations, the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and visits to San Diego by Japan’s Military Self Defense Force.