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Guide to the Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) TAM.357

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 29, 2019
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Updated and edited by Jasmine Sykes-Kunk for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description  , May 2019

Descriptive Summary

Source: Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
Creator: Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
Source - dnr: Lederer, Peter D.
Title: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records
Dates [inclusive]: 1981-2005
Abstract: The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, it provides information and referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and others in the New York area. This unprocessed collection contains administrative materials, including minutes, correspondence, grant applications and employee files as well as financial information such as budgets, audits and payroll information. Also included are materials on services, workshops and events sponsored by JASSI, including client files, intake sheets and volunteer work records. Publicity materials, including brochures, newsletters and press releases are also present. The collection also includes photographs and scrapbooks documenting JASSI events and services.
Quantity: 20.75 Linear Feet in 16 record cartons, 7 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box and 1 flat box.
Quantity: 4.8 Gigabytes in 1 optical disk and 1 zip disk.
Language: Materials are in English and Japanese
Call Phrase: TAM.357

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Historical Note

The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Starting with a staff of three workers, JASSI quickly grew to encompass assistance for a broad range of needs, including legal and immigration issues and family problems, expanding beyond just elder Japanese Americans. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, the organization provides information or referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area.

Sources: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. "About JASSI." http://www.jassi.org/index.html.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains administrative materials, including minutes, correspondence, grant applications and employee files as well as financial information such as budgets, audits and payroll information. Also included are materials on services, workshops and events sponsored by JASSI, including client files, intake sheets and volunteer work records. Publicity materials, including brochures, newsletters and press releases are also present. The collection also includes photographs, digital copies of photographs on one optical disk and scrapbooks documenting JASSI events and services.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Lederer, Peter D.

Subject Organizations

  • Japanese American Social Services, Inc.
  • Japanese American Social Services, Inc.

Subject Topics

  • Japanese Americans -- Economic conditions
  • Japanese Americans -- Legal status, laws, etc.
  • Japanese Americans -- Social conditions.
  • Japanese Americans -- Services for -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Older people -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Japanese Americans -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Older people -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions with the exception of the client files in Box 8. Repository permission is required for access to Box 8. Please contact Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, 212-998-2630.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) were transferred to New York University in 2006 by Peter D. Lederer. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection must be secured from the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive. Please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records; TAM 357; box number; folder number or item identifier; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Advance notice is required for the use of computer records. Original physical digital media is restricted. Born-digital materials have not been transferred and may not be available to researchers. Researchers may request access copies. To request that material be transferred, or if you are unsure if material has been transferred, please contact tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Peter D. Lederer on behalf of Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) in 2006. The accession number associated with this gift is 2006.028.

Processing Information

Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2019 have not yet been recorded. In 2019, items were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes in preparation for offsite storage.

One optical disk was forensically imaged. New York University Libraries follow professional standards and best practices when imaging, ingesting, and processing born-digital material in order to maintain the integrity and authenticity of the content.

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Container List

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 1 JASSI newsletters; Bylaws; JASSI Reports (Newsletter); Fundraising letter (1990-2002); JASSI history; Mine Okubo Trust Fund; Tokiko Kato; 1982-2002
1982-2002
Box: 2 Health brochures; Articles on Japanese Americans; Pacific Citizen newsletter; Articles about health/healthcare with annotations; Board meeting notes (2002-2003); JASSI staff CVs and notes; Press Releases (1994-2000); Monthly Events (2002-2005); Correspondence (1990-1994); AALDEF Newsletter Outlook (1989-2000); 1989-2005
1989-2005
Box: 3 Board meeting minutes (1989-2000); Budget (1987-1995); Kazu Matsui of the Mets event (2001-2003); 2005 JASSI Gala; Business cards; Board member profiles (2003); Newsletter (2004-2005); 1989-2005
1989-2005
Box: 4 Department for the Aging financial materials
1995-2000
Box: 5 Grant applications (2003-2004); Board evaluations; 2002 Technology Infrastructure grant (correspondence, application); Donations (2003-2004); Buddhist Churches of America (correspondence regarding donations) (1992-2003); 1999-2005 grant proposals
1992-2005
Box: 6 Insurance (2003-2004); Income Taxes form 990 (1995-2005); Financial Statements (1999-2000, 2000-2001) Board Meeting minutes; Donation letters (1989-2003); Donations from Yoko Ono (2003) and Furumoto Realty
1989-2005
Box: 7 Employee files
2000-2004
Box: 8 Client files

Conditions Governing Access

Repository permission is required for access. Please contact Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive, tamiment.wagner@nyu.edu, 212-998-2630.

1997-2005
Box: 9 Intake files relating to clients recovering from 9/11; Other workshops held by JASSI
1995-2004
Box: 10 JASSI Senior Program Events 2004 Vol. 1:Jan-June Guide to Immigration Counseling by the Center for Immigration Rights (July 1985); Helping People in your Community Understand Basic Financial Services by the Financial Services Education Coalition; New York Medicare Roster of participating physicians & providers (2002); Various brochures relating: including ones related to child health, diabetes, high blood pressure; Managed Care Presentation Training Guide; Caring for Your NonProfit; Senior Program Event Vol. 2: July 2004-Dec 2004; Monthly Senior Event 2001; Monthly Senior Event 2002; Monthly Senior Event 2003; JASSI Senior intake forms 1999 Vol. 2: June-July 1999
1985-2004
Box: 11 JASSI Senior intake forms 1999 Vol. 2:April-May ; JASSI Senior intake forms 1999 Vol. 3: June - December; JASSI Senior intake forms 2000; JASSI Senior intake forms 2001 Vol. 1: Jan. - April; JASSI Senior intake forms 2001 Vol. 2: May - September; Senior intake forms 2001 Vol. 3: October - December
1999-2001
Box: 12 JASSI Senior intake forms 2002 Vol. 1: Jan-May; JASSI Senior intake forms 2002 Vol. 2: Jun-Dec
2002
Box: 13 JASSI Senior intake forms 2002 Vol. 3: June-December; JASSI Senior intake forms 2003 Vol. 1: Jan- July; JASSI Senior intake forms 2003 Vol. 2: August- December; JASSI Senior intake forms 2004
2002-2004
Box: 14 JASSI Senior Citizen Emergency Contact Sheet (2000-2004); Volunteer Work Logs (1999); Volunteer Work Logs (2000)
2002-2004
Box: 15 Other volunteer files (1996-2002); Retired volunteers (2002-2003)Volunteer Work Logs (2001); Volunteer Work Logs (2002); Volunteer Work Logs (2003); Volunteer Work Logs (2004)
1996-2004
Box: 16 Volunteer Work Logs (2002); Volunteer Work Logs (2003); Volunteer Work Logs (2004)
2002-2004
Box: 17 3-ring binder photo albums with newspaper clippings about JASSI (in English and Japanese); 82 Jan – 83 May; 83 Jan- 86 Feb; 86 Sep-89 June; 89 Dec-92 May
1982-1992
Box: 18 3-ring binder photo albums with newspaper clippings about JASSI (in English and Japanese); 92 May-94 Dec; 94 Oct -98 Aug
1992-1998
Box: 19 Photographs
1987-1992
Box: 20 Photographs
1982-1988
Box: 21 Photo Album
undated
Box: 22 Photographs
1990-1999
Box: 23 Photographs
1986-2002
Box: 24 Books and artifacts; Japanese Hanja dictionary; Japanese-English dictionary; Lone Heart Mountain by Estelle Ishigo; Report of the 1993 Japan Study Program for Asian Social Service Workers; Social Welfare Services in Japan (Revised edition 1990); Health and Welfare in Japan by the Ministry of Health and Welfare; Overview of Social Welfare Services in Japan in 1994 by Japanese National Council of Social Welfare; Social Welfare in Tokyo (1993) by Tokyo Metropolitan Government; Japan-US Community Worker Exchange Program Report; Outline of Social Insurance in Japan (1981) by the Social Insurance Agency of the Japanese Government
1981-1994, undated
Box: 25 Artifacts
undated

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