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Guide to the Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers TAM.596

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lederer, Midori Shimanouchi, 1923-2005
Source - dnr: Miya, Mari
Source - dnr: Lederer, Peter D.
Title: Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1943-1999
Abstract: Born in California, Midori Shimanouchi Lederer (1923-2005) founded JASSI, Inc. (Japanese American Social Services), a non-profit organization based in New York City dedicated to addressing gaps in social services for the Japanese American community. In 1942, Shimanouchi and her family were forcibly removed from their home and incarerated with 110,00 other Nisei at the Central Utah Relocation Center, a concentration camp (euphemistically referred to as an internment camp) in Topaz, Utah. She later worked for director Michael Todd from 1952 to 1958 and as a press agent for Bill Doll and Company in New York City from 1959 to 1979. The papers document both her personal and professional life, including her activism efforts for the Japanese American community from the early 1980s until the late 1990s. Materials in the collection include correspondence, oral history transcripts, biographical and family history information, audio and videocassette tapes, photographs, and clippings. Of note are materials concerning Japanese forced removal and incarceration during World War II, including National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records and scholarly publications that incorporate interviews of Shimanouchi Lederer.
Quantity: 2.25 Linear Feet in 1 record carton, 1 manuscript box 1 half manuscript box, and 1 small carton
Language: Materials are primarily in English, with select documents and few videocassettes in Japanese.
Call Phrase: TAM.596