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Japanese Studies Primary Sources in Western Languages: Japanese Americans

Useful Guides

Those guides include resources covering Asian Americans in general, but they can be very useful to find other hidden resources specific to Japanese Americans by limiting search terms. 


Nagata, S., & Millsap, W. The Japanese evacuation and the minority problem.
Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University Library 

Yale Special Collection

“Out of the Desert” exhibit by Cortney Sato. Website:

Yonekazu Satoda papers, photographs, and film (WA MSS S-2897) Box 1 - diary, 1942-1945, and materials related to US Army service, 1944-1947, Box 3 - correspondence and ephemera, circa 1943-circa 1948

Aito and Miyeko Takita Papers (WA MSS S-3211) Box 1Box 2

Elizabeth Page Harris Papers (MS 771) Box 80, Box 81, Box 82 - correspondence with interned Japanese Americans and others and printed ephemera (including camp newspapers from Tulare, Gila River, and Heart Mountain) relating to Japanese American internment, 1942-1946

US War Relocation Authority, Poston, Arizona Relocation Center collection (MS 803) Box 1, Box 2, Box 3 - camp ephemera, yearbook, and scrapbooks, circa 1942-circa 1945, collected by Nathan Van Patten, a librarian at Stanford University
Charlotte B. DeForest Papers (Divinity Library Special Collections, RG 178), Series I, Box 2, folder 25: Letters of Kobe College alumnae affected by Japanese incarceration during WW II, circa 1940s.

Japanese American Newspapers & Journals

Japanese American Internment Documents

Subject Headings

Search these terms in the SUBJECT field in ORBIS or use as keywords in database searches.
By ethnic group and country:
  • American literature--Asian American authors--History and Criticism
  • American literature--Japanese American authors
  • American literature--Chinese American authors--Ethnic identity
  • Chinese Americans--Literary collections
  • Chinese Americans in literature
By genre:
  • Korean American poetry
  • American drama--Asian American Authors
  • Asian Americans--Drama
  • East Indian Americans--Fiction
By individual author's name:
  • Kingston, Maxine Hong
  • Ozeki, Ruth L
By individual literary work:
  •  Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman warrior
By theme:
  • Multiculturalism in literature
  • Group identity in literature
  • Ethnicity in literature
  • Women in literature
  • Racism in literature
  • Race relations in literature
Background information:
  • Asian Americans--Intellectual Life
  • Japanese American women--Social conditions
  • Haitian American--Social conditions
  • Political refugees-United States--Social conditions
  • Chinese Americans--California--History
  • Korean Americans--20th century
  • Japanese Americans--Interviews
  • Korean Americans--Poetry
  • Asian Americans--Race identity
  • East Indian Americans--Assimilation



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Haruko Nakamura
Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street, New Haven, CT
Room 213A
Subjects: East Asian Studies