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Guide to the Midori Shimanouchi Lederer Papers TAM.596

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 Janice Liao

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

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains the personal and professional records of Midori Shimanouchi Lederer, the founding director of JASSI. Materials within the collection include photograph albums, biographical information, personal documents, news clippings, research notes, oral history tapes with transcripts, and collected videos.

Comprised primarily of photographs from the 1890s - 1980s, the albums document her family history in California, her professional career as a successful Hollywood publicist, and JASSI events. Materials related to her family's forced removal and incarceration during World War II include her personal NARA file and scholarly articles. The oral history cassette tapes in Series III are accompanied by transcripts in Series I, which detail Shimanouchi Lederer's major phases in life including childhood and family experience in California; incarceration at the Central Utah Relocation Center, a concentration camp in Topaz, Utah; her involvement in Japanese American activism; and the founding of JASSI.


The collection consists of the following series:

Series I: Personal and Biographical Materials, circa 1890-2004

Series II: Professional Files, 1958-2004

Series III: Audio / Visual Materials, circa 1980s - 2004

Folders within the series are arranged alphabetically.