1840 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 776-0661

The Japanese American History Archives is a comprehensive research facility available to businesses and community organizations, students and scholars and others here in the U.S. and Japan. Its helpful staff assists anyone seeking research materials on the Japanese American experience. These resources are broadened by maintaining close ties with several libraries, such as those at the University of California at Berkeley, UCLA and Stanford University The staff also translates many historic Japanese documents into English, as well as from English into Japanese.

The Japanese American History Room was created in 1977 by the California First Bank (presently Union Bank) and continued to grow under the supervision of Seizo Oka until 1986, when Oka retired from his position as a Vice President of the bank.

The collection of the Japanese American History Room was then donated by California First Bank to the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. Seizo Oka naturally became the newly-relocated Japanese American History Room's Director and Historian. In 1992, the Japanese American History Room was renamed the Japanese American History Archives.

The Japanese American History Archives is grateful for the continued support of Union Bank, as well as for contributions made by many other businesses, community organizations and individuals in the U.S. and Japan. Thanks to the generous financial support of some of our contributors, the Japanese American History Archives recently underwent an expansion project, which included the installation of space-saving mobile shelving units.

We continue to accept donations of materials to add to our Archives: in particular, books by Japanese American authors, photographs, passports, personal letters and diaries, art, film, and other documents from the mid-19th Century to the present. Supporting members of the Japanese American History Archives receive periodic newsletters featuring new acquisitions and contributions to the collection.

The Japanese American History Archives is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, or by appointment. For further information, contact Seizo Oka at (415) 776-0661.


Seizo Oka, Executive Director
James Hirabayashi, Ph.D., President
Higashi Fukawa
Gary Kawaguchi
Kanji Kuramoto
Kazuaki Kuwada
Arthur Makoto Miyazaki
Kimihiro OuLa
Hiroko Sakamaki
Sanae Tomoyasu
Richard Wada

The Japanese American History Archives is a non-profit corporation. All donations are tax-deductible.


Harumi Befu, Ph.D.
Valeiie Matsumoto, Ph.D.
George Clem Oyama
Yasuo Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D.
Tomoye Takahashi
Yor-i Wada


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