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Densho digital archive

Repository: Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project

Collection Description (CRHP): This archive includes oral histories that address the civil rights movement, including one of Judge Charles Z. Smith, an African American. Searching the archive by using the term "civil rights movement" reveals other relevant materials as well, including a section of the archive that looks at cross-race relations between African Americans and Japanese Americans.

The oral history program is ongoing and not all materials are online yet. A number of interviews are scheduled to be posted online over next three years, and the oral history program conducts, on average, 100 new interviews a year.

Collection Description (Extant): The Densho Digital Archive holds over 400 visual histories (more than 900 hours of recorded video interviews) and over 10,700 historic photos, documents, and newspapers. The archive is growing as Densho continues to record life histories and collect images and records. These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration.

We provide these resources to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public for educational purposes. The video interviews are fully transcribed and segmented for ease of viewing. The interviews and images are indexed by topic, location and chronology, and can be searched using keywords. Visit the Learning Center for contextual historical background, downloadable curriculum, and online exhibitions featuring interview clips, documents, and photos excerpted from the archive.

Access Copy Note: Free registration is available at the archive's web site for accessing the online materials.

Collection URL: External Link

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: 400 visual histories (more than 900 hours of recorded video interviews); circa 10,700 historic photos, documents, and newspapers

Language: English

Physical Location: Some of the materials are stored off site.

Related Archival Items: The Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project also has an oral history of Judge Charles Z. Smith.

Interviewees: Charles Z. Smith, Tsuguo Ikeda, P.J. Hirabayashi, Yuri Kochiyama, Bill Hosokawa, Elaine Ishikawa Hayes, Lloyd K. Wake, Roy M. Hirabayashi, Mary Blocher Smeltzer, Jim Matsuoka, Akiko Kurose, Frank Yamasaki, Peter Irons, William Hohri, Lloyd K. Wake, Gordon Hirabayashi, Lorraine Bannai

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American judges
African Americans--Civil rights--Washington (State)
Civil rights movements--Washington (State)
Japanese Americans
Washington (State)--Race relations
World War, 1939-1945




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