Description: Founded on August 30, 1946, the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago (JASC) originally served the needs of the Issei and Nisei (Japanese immigrants and their American-born children) that left World War II internment camps to resettle in Chicago and start new lives. Today, JASC maintains an archive of Japanese American life in Chicago. The Legacy Center Archives document all facets of Japanese American life from 1890, through the period of World War II internment and on to the present day. It is one of the most significant collections of Japanese American history, arts and cultural materials in the Midwest. Seeking to engage people of all ages to experience Japanese American history and culture as part of the multicultural community in the United States, the Legacy Center aims to raise public awareness of the archives and expand access for genealogical scholars, academics, educators and the general public.
Coverage: 1890-Present