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Guide to the George Yuzawa Papers TAM.442

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2596

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Yung Hua Nancy Ng Tam and Janice Liao

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on February 08, 2022 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , February 2021

Scope and Content Note

George Katsumi Yuzawa (1915–2011) was a Japanese-American community activist. He was involved in numerous social and political causes fighting racial discrimination against Asians and Asian Americans, providing aid for senior citizens, and organizing Japanese cultural events around New York City. The collection, spanning in date from 1908 to 2009, documents the life and work of Japanese American activist George Yuzawa through meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, notes, legal documents, press releases, newsletters, clippings, event flyers and programs, posters, buttons, video, audio, books, scrapbooks and photographs. The bulk of materials date from the 1940s—the time of his forced removal and incarceration at American concentration camps and his World War II military service—and from the 1970s through 1990s, during which he actively served in leadership positions in numerous Asian American organizations, including JAA, JACL, JAHFA, JAUC, and JANM. The oldest material in the collection is a subject file containing personal documents belonging to Nobuji Ashikaga (how or why Yuzawa acquired this is unknown). The most recent materials in the collection are contextual notes that daughter Patricia Yuzawa-Ruben sent to accompany the second accrual to the collection.


All series and subseries are arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically.

The collection consists of 5 series:

The collection is arranged chronologically and by format, with Series I containing materials dating through World War II and Series II continuing with materials dated post-war. Oversize, print, ephemera, graphic, audiovisual and photographic materials have been separated and placed in Series III, IV and V. Folders within each series and subseries are arranged alphabetically by title and then chronologically.

The series and subseries arrangement of the records is as follows:

Series I. Early Life through World War II, 1908-2004

Series II. Post World War II, 1938-2009
Subseries A: Redress Campaign and Remembrance, and Japanese American Military Service Memorials
Sub-subseries AI: Redress Campaign and World War II Remembrance
Sub-subseries AII: Japanese American Military Service Memorials
Subseries B: Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Subseries C: Asian American Media Monitoring
Subseries D: Japanese American Association of New York (JAA)
Subseries E: Japanese American Help for the Aging (JAHFA)
Subseries F: Japanese American United Church (JAUC)
Subseries G: Personal Documents, Correspondence, and Subject Files

Series III. Oversize, Ephemera and Printed Materials, 1942-1999

Series IV. Video and Audio, undated

Series V. Photographs and Artwork, circa 1900-2008