Japanese American National Library

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The Japanese American National Library is a private non-lending library and resource center in San Francisco's Japantown for the collection and preservation of materials relating to Japanese Americans. It has been in operation since 1969.

The library's collection consists of the following:

  • Books related to Japanese-Americans and Asian-Americans
  • Periodicals, including magazines, newsletters, journals, newspapers, and newspaper clippings from the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Wall Street Journal.
  • Reference materials and general information about Japanese-American and Asian-American organizations, as well as information about Japanese-American artists and writers[1]

The Japanese American National Library also contains an extensive archival collection. The most notable collection includes the archives of the Japanese American Citizens League Legislative Education Committee (JACL-LEC), an organization created to promote redress that ultimately became the Civil Liberties Act of 1988.

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  1. ^ "JANL Collections". (2006). Retrieved from: http://www.janlibrary.org/about_collection.php

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