February 2017 marks 75 years since presidential Executive Order 9066 forcibly removed over 100,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry from their homes and businesses, and placed them in concentration camps at the start of World War II.
A little-noted outcome of this trampling of Americans' civil liberties, is that the protracted process of public redress in the decades after the War has shed a clear light on the unconstitutionality of this action.
It is hoped that the precedent established by the WWII Japanese American redress efforts can help prevent similar, uninformed, and dangerous assaults on civil liberties from occurring in the future.
The CSUEB Library exhibit will run from February 8, to March 22, 2017.
This timely exhibit utilizes 3 posters created by Cal-State, Dominguez Hills, the CSU campus directing the Japanese American History Digitization Project.
The full set of CSUDH-created posters can be viewed here: https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/media-center/Documents/csujad-posters.pdf
The Mission of the Digitization Project [as quoted from their website]:
The central purpose of the California State University Japanese American History Digitization Project is to improve access to CSU archival collections about the history of Japanese Americans and to develop a functional model for ongoing planning and collaboration among the CSU archival and library community.
While researching ways in which the University Libraries at CSUEB might recognize the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 - and the incarceration of 100,000 Japanese American citizens during World War II - we discovered the excellent exhibition already created by our sister institution, Cal-State University at Dominguez Hills.
CSUDH allowed us to print 3 of the exhibit posters from their exhibit. To this we added a summary/title poster (far left box on this page), and several items from our own archives that deal with this historical event.
Additionally, Diana Wakimoto designed a handout for the exhibit that provides historical background to the 1942 internment and its aftermath:
Producers: Diana Wakimoto, Richard Apple, Jared Mariconi
Concept, Text and Content Development: Diana Wakimoto, Jared Mariconi
Posters and Graphic Layout: Brooke Dykman, CSUDH
Title poster copyright 2017 by the CSUEB University Libraries
Exhibit posters copyright 2015 by CSUDH