The Henry Madden Library presents a collaborative exhibition, and series of events, which examine the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in “exclusion areas” authorized by Executive Order 9066 which was signed on February 19, 1942, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This action had deep and profound consequences for all the families affected and the communities they left for decades—reverberations that are still felt today. Our exhibition explores this complex and searing episode in our history.
9066: Japanese American Voices from the Inside
This is a milestone event of the greatest importance to the Madden Library, which has collected the history of Japanese Americans for decades. It is a commitment shared by many other California State University campuses. A CSU consortium has collaborated on a shared digitization project that has been awarded a total of $620,000 in grant monies from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Park Service. The digital resource created from this collaboration will be of value to everyone—paying witness to what happened in the past so that it may never happen again.
9066 Resource guide created by Gregory Megee with assistance from Adam Wallace.
For exhibition information or for further help, including assistance with disability accommodations or physical access, call the Fresno State Special Collections Research Center at (559.278.2595) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highlights of the exhibition include traveling exhibitions, art objects and objects made and used by the families in the camps.
Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery
- Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake (a travelling exhibition, held February 19—April 30, 2017)
- San Diego artist Wendy Maruyama’s 11' x 4' Tag Project stack of ID tag reproductions from Tule Lake
The Gallery is located on the second floor of the North Wing.
Pete P. Peters Ellipse Balcony gallery
- Connecting the Pieces: Dialogues on the Amache Archaeology Collection (a travelling exhibition, held February 19—April 30, 2017)
- Robert Ogata drawings of the Gila River War Relocation Center
The Balcony gallery is located on the third floor of the North Wing.
Special Collections Research Center
Woodward Family Reading Room
February 19—June 2, 2017
Additional viewing hours are:
Noon to 5 p.m. on March 25 - 26 and April 29 - 30
- Artworks by Reiko Fujii, Judy Shintani and Patricia Wakida
- Poetry of Violet Kazue de Cristoforo
- Elaborate architectural renderings of an imagined Fresno Assembly Center
- Objects made and used in the camps and profiles of individual families
- A special section on the military contributions of Japanese Americans during World War II from the Go For Broke National Education Center in Los Angeles.
The Center is located on the fourth floor of the South Wing.
Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
February 19—April 30, 2017
- Display of children's books on Japanese American internment
The Center is located on the third floor of the South Wing.
Madden Library Diversity Lounge
February 19—March 30, 2017
- Display of the Henry Madden Library's media, books and government documents on Japanese American internment at the Library Diversity Lounge. This display was prepared by the Madden Library Diversity Committee.
The Lounge is located on the second floor of the North Wing.
- 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on February 19, 2017
- North Gym 118 on Fresno State's Campus Drive (slightly northwest of the Library)
- This is a free event. Parking is unrestricted.
- RSVP requests have been closed. This event is at capacity.
Co-sponsored by the Central California District Council of the Japanese American Citizens League as their annual Day of Remembrance.
During the reception, haiku written in the camps will be read by different performers in this intimate, haunting theatrical production organized by Peter McDonald, Dean of Library Services at the Henry Madden Library.
Wajo Kay Tokumoto of Hanford will be performing the koto and the Golden State Bonsai Federation Clark Bonsai Collection at the Shinzen Friendship Garden will be displaying one of their bonsai trees.
Documentary: Resistance at Tule Lake
This is a screening of the new documentary, Resistance at Tule Lake as part of the Fresno State CineCulture series with a discussion led by director, Konrad Aderer from New York City.
Japanese American Internment Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
- 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2017
- Outside the Leon S. Peters Ellipse Gallery in the Henry Madden Library (2nd floor, North Wing)
- This is a free public event held during normal Library hours.
- Parking may be restricted. Please visit a campus parking kiosk.
- For other information visit the event meetup page.
This is a Edit-a-thon type of event focused on updating Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, on the subject of Japanese American internment during World War II. We hope we can get participants willing to help us inform the world.
Noontime Concert Series:
Japanese American Incarceration 1942-1946
Performance: Nikiko Masumoto
This is a special adaptation of What We Could Carry.
Talk: Saburo and Marion Masada
Join us for an informative and emotionally powerful talk by Saburo and Marion Masada, who were both incarcerated as children in the Japanese American concentration camps during World War II. The Masadas have been educating people about the Japanese American experience ever since the 1970s, in hopes that mass civil rights violations based on race never happen again.
This talk will give people a chance to ask questions and engage in discussion on a painful topic that not many of their generation are willing to open up about, so this is a unique opportunity.
Friends of the Madden Library
Talk: Karen Korematsu
- 6:00 p.m. on April 7, 2017
- In the Henry Madden Library
- This is a free public event. Parking is free.
- RSVP on our eRsvp form using "LIBKORE"
Karen is the daughter of Fred Korematsu, who was a key figure in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that challenged the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066.
The office of Congressman Jim Costa will be presenting a Congressional Resolution to the Japanese American Citizens League in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the passage of Executive Order 9066 in 1942. There will be an opportunity for people to take a photo with Congressman Costa or his representative and the Resolution.
For more information or assistance with physical accommodations, contact Sharon Ramirez at 559.278.5790 or email@example.com.
9066 Poetry Contest
- March 8, 2017 through April 23, 2017
- Sponsored by James M. Smith, Fresno State Professor Emeritus.
- Only one entry per person.
- All entries must be received by April 23, 2017 to be considered. Winners will be announced by May 5, 2017.
Any type of poem will be accepted but it must relate in some way to the incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans in 1942 or its antecedents or aftermath or what reverberations it has for us today. We can also offer you topic suggestions that might inspire you.
Open to everyone in these categories and there will be three winners in each category:
- Fresno State students
- 6th to 12th graders
- Residents of the San Joaquin Valley
(Fresno, Madera, Kings, Tulare and Mariposa counties)
Please indicate your poem's category when you submit your work to Tammy Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 559-278-8093 or mail/deliver to 5200 N. Barton Avenue ML34, Fresno, CA 93740.
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
- Kristin Saleri Art Foundation
- Central California District Council of the Japanese American Citizens League
- Dale and Deborah Ikeda
- Hisao Buddy and Akiyo Ashida
- David L. and Anna Vogt Aubry in honor of Michael, Elizabeth, Mike, Fred and Henry Vogt
- The Dyck Family
- Alan and Teresa Hirasuna
- Jeanette and Tony Ishii
- McCormick Barstow, LLP
- Gregory and Patricia Miyake
- R A Sano Farms, Inc.
- Sun-Maid Growers of California
- O. James Woodward III
Haiku from Within
- Jim and Yuko Brumm
- Kay and Jim Provost
Go For Broke Exhibition
- Douglas Jensen
- Sayre Miller
Robert Ogata Drawings
- Gordon, Laurie, Mitchel and Melinda Misaki
- James M. Smith
Tag Project on Tule Lake
- Valley Physicians and Surgeons Inc. in honor of Hide Yamaguchi and Dr. and Mrs. Hashiba
- Ruth Andersen
- Central California Nikkei Foundation
- Central Fish Company
- Clovis Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
- Fresno Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League
- Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities
- The Hennrikus Family
- Dr. Ernest Kazato and Dr. Carolyn Sakauye
- Joyce and Bob Kierejczyk
- Marcie Morrison
- Henry Naito
- Jared Nakashima in memory of Harry and Miyo Honda and Masao Nakashima
- Franklin Ng
- Sanger Nursery
- John and Liz Shields
- Geri and Jerry Tahajian
- Dr. John Tinker and Mrs. Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker
- Asian Faculty and Staff Association
- Judie Imoto Brown
- Shirley M. Carlson
- Susan Coberly
- Aram and Barbara Garabedian
- Carol Hirahara
- Stuart Hirasuna
- Allen Ishida
- Roxie Jizmejian
- Sueko Sue Kawamoto
- William N. Kimoto
- Shirley Kovacs
- Kathleen Kubo
- Marlene Kubota
- Lisle Funeral Home
- Susan Clingan Loucks
- Michio Miyamoto
- Fukiko Mae Morita
- Tom T. and Jane S. Nagata
- Bob Nakagawa
- Elizabeth Nelson
- Katherine and Ron Nishinaka
- Randolph Onitsuka
- Kathleen Palermo
- Dr. and Mrs. Frank Powell
- Rhea Rehark-Griffith
- Toshi Sakai
- Jim and Kanae Sakamoto
- Ayako Sunamoto
- Midori and Yukio Tani
- Barbara Taniguchi
- John F. Vogt in honor of the Vogt Family
- Howard Watkins in tribute to Dale and Deborah Ikeda
- Renee Westa-Lusk
- Robert Wilkinson and Nancy Tholen
- Betty Jo Yamamoto
Japanese Pastries from
- Dr. John Tinker and Mrs. Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker