Archives at 15 California State University campuses are collaborating to digitize nearly 10,000 documents and more than 100 oral histories related to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, university officials announced Tuesday
The project will make these materials available on a CSU-sponsored website and 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 Cal State Dominguez Hills 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 Cal State system were located near California’s internment 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.
With the grant money, participating California State University archives at Bakersfield, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, East Bay, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Sacramento, San Jose, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco and Sonoma will digitize and catalog their records.
—City News Service
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