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Guide to the Takako Wada Papers TAM.723

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

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect 2018 accretion Edited by Amy C. Vo to change legacy description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II  , August 2019 , February 2021

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wada, Takako, 1921-2016
Source - dnr: Wada, Stephanie
Title: Takako Wada Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1942-2004
Abstract: Takako "Taxi" Wada (née Kusunoki) was a writer, editor, and activist whose career reflected her commitment to ensuring Asian American civil rights in the United States. In 1981 she closely followed the public hearings held by the Commission for Wartime Relocation and Internment Civilians all across the country. Materials in this collection include correspondence, testimonies, newsletters, event ephemera, newspapers and newspaper clippings, and other research materials, much of which focuses on the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II and the movement to obtain redress. Files include correspondence (much between Wado and William Hohri, lead plantiff in the National Council for Japanese American Redress lawsuit seeking reparations for incarceration), personal statements and testimonies submitted to Wada for the public hearing held in New York City on November 23, 1981, as well as transcripts of the hearing. In addition to materials concerning incarceration and redress, the collection includes materials documenting Wada's journalism career, her work with JASSI (Japanese American Social Services), newsletters and other materials for Asian American civil rights activism, and ephemera for Asian American cultural and community events.
Quantity: 7 linear feet in 5 record cartons, 1 oversize flat box, and 1 small media box.
Quantity: 5 audiocassettes
Location: Materials are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please request materials at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: The majority of materials are in English, with some publications and other documents in Japanese.
Call Phrase: TAM.723

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Biographical Note

Takako "Taxi" Wada (née Kusunoki) (1921-2016) was a writer, editor, and activist whose career reflected her commitment to ensuring Asian American civil rights in the United States. Born in Colusa, California, Takako was incarcerated with her mother and two sisters at the Granada War Relocation Center ("Camp Amache") in Colorado in 1942. As a young adult she spent two years in the Women's Army Corps, worked as a journalist and, studied painting in the studio of Fernand Ledger in Paris on the G.I. Bill of Rights. She was an active supporter of the redress for Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. In 1981 she closely followed the public hearings held by the Commission for Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians all across the country. During this time Takako collected testimonies, conducted research, and edited personal statements all pertaining to the hearings, with particular attention paid to those held in Washington D.C., New York, and California. Serving as the English editor for the Japanese American newspaper New York Nicibei, Takako nurtured and supported topics concerning Asian American rights, women's rights, community service, and arts movements.

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Scope and Contents

The Takako Wada Papers (dated 1945-2004) consist of materials created and collected by Wado documenting her journalism and activism for Japanese Americans and the broader Asian American civil rights movement. Materials in this collection include correspondence, testimonies, newsletters, event ephemera, newspapers and newspaper clippings, and other research materials. Many of the materials in the collection pertain to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States during World War II, with specific emphasis on the movement to obtain redress and the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians public hearings. Files include correspondence (much between Wado and William Hohri, lead plantiff in the National Council for Japanese American Redress lawsuit seeking reparations for incarceration), personal statements and testimonies submitted to Wada in her capacity as English editor of New York Nichibei, a newspaper published by the Japanese American News Corporation, for the public hearing held in New York City on November 23, 1981 as well as transcripts of the hearing. Additional legal transcripts that make up the collection pertain to other hearings held in Washington, D.C. on July 14 and 16, 1981; Cambridge, Massachusetts on December 9, 1981; Los Angeles, California August 4-6, 1981; and Alaska on September 15, 17, and 19, 1981. The witnesses include people who were incarcerated, government officials who ran and supported the mass forced removal and incarceration program, and organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League and American Friends Service Committee. In addition to materials concerning incarceration and redress, the collection includes materials documenting Wada's journalism career, her work with JASSI (Japanese American Social Services), newsletters and other materials for Asian American civil rights activism, ephemera for Asian American cultural and community events, and issues of Japanese American newspapers or magazines, including  Asahi Evening News,  Bandwagon,  Gidra,  Getting Together, and  New York Nichibei.

Arrangement

This collection has not been arranged by an archivist. The materials are arranged in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Wada, Stephanie

Document Type

  • Testimonies.

Subject Organizations

  • United States. Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
  • Japanese American Social Services, Inc.

Subject Topics

  • Japanese Americans -- History -- 20th century.
  • Japanese Americans -- Reparations.
  • Public hearings.
  • Japanese American newspapers.
  • Japanese American removal, 1942-1945
  • Japanese Americans -- Social conditions.

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.).

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Any rights (including copyright and related rights to publicity and privacy) held by Takako Wada, the creator of this collection, were relinquished and transferred to the public domain in January 2017 by Stephanie Wada. These materials are governed by a Creative Commons CC0 license, which permits publication and reproduction of materials accompanied by full attribution. See, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date; Takako Wada Papers; TAM 723; box number; folder number; Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Audiovisual materials have not been preserved and may not be available to researchers. Materials not yet digitized will need to have access copies made before they can be used. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact special.collections@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

Materials were donated by Stephanie Wada in 2017 and 2018. The accession numbers associated with these gift are 2018.076 and 2019.085.

Processing Information

At the time of accessioning, collection-level finding aid with a brief box list was created to describe this collection. Untitled folders were rehoused into archival housing and given titles based on the general theme of the documents within the folder. Letters were not removed from their original envelopes and were grouped with no specific order in mind. This collection has not been arranged by an archivist; materials were kept in the order they arrived.

In 2021, narrative description was edited to more accurately describe the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Titles containing harmfully euphemistic language regarding the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II were identified and replaced with titles using community-approved language created by the processing archivist.

Researchers can access previous versions of the finding aid in our GitHub repository at https://github.com/NYULibraries/findingaids_eads/commits/master/tamwag/tam_723.xml.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 Wada, Takako: Personal Notebook
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 3-9 New York Nichibei: Statements Submitted to Wada
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Massachusetts: Statement and Agenda for Cambridge Public Hearing
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Public Law 96-317
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Washington, D.C.: Testimony by American Friends Service Company
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 13 News Clips from The Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Washington, D.C.: Department of State Testimony
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 15 News Article from the Denver Post
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 16 News Clips from the Rafu Shimpo, Los Angeles Japanese Daily News
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Suzuki, Peter T., Ph.D.: Statement Submitted to Commission
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Washington, D.C.: Statements to the Commission
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 19 East Coast Japanese Americans for Redress
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 20 ABC News: Transcript for Washington, D.C. Hearing
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 21 Newspaper for The Hokubei Shimps
1958
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Statements for the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 23 National Council for Japanese American Redress
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Japanese American Citizens League
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 25 Research Materials
1942, 1981
Box: 1 Folder : 26 Washington, D.C.: Statement of Joan Z. Bernstein, Chair of Commission
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 27 Research Materials concerning Concentration Camps during World War II
1940-1943, 1971
Box: 1 Folder : 28 Washington, D.C.: Statement of Joan Z. Bernstein, Chair of Commission and Other Materials
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 29 Research Materials concerning U.S. Government and Concentration Camps
1942-1981
Box: 1 Folder : 30 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians: Statement of Mike M. Masaoka
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 31 New York City: Statements for New York Public Hearing
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 32 New York City: Statements, Testimonies, and Agenda for Public Hearing in New York
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 33 Japanese American Citizens League
1942-1943
Box: 1 Folder : 34 New York City: The New York Hearing by the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians: Press Kit
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Research Materials concerning Prisoner at Concentration Camp
1942
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Wada, Takako: Miscellaneous Notes
1961
Box: 1 Folder : 38 News Clippings about Public Hearings Held by Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Research Materials concerning Japanese-Americans and WWII Incarceration
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 40 News Articles (Copies)
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund: Statements, Transcript, and Agenda for Public Hearings
1981
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians: Statement of Mike Masaoka
1981
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Manzanar National Historic Site
1996
Box: 2 Folder : 2-3 AALDEF
1973-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Redress
1988
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Newspaper Clippings
1964-1993
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Mitzu on Issei
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7-8 W.H. Horhri, the Epistolarian
1994-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Festival Programs
1983-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Isaku Kida
1993, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 11 "Against All Odds: The Japanese Americans' Campaign for Redress"
1990
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Yoshida, Takashi: "Standing Loyally by the Flag: The Experience of People of Japanese Ancestry in New York During World War II" (draft of paper)
circa 1997
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Aging, Social Security
1981-1985
Box: 2 Folder : 14-15 Nichibei Materials
1973-1983
Box: 2 Folder : 16-19 Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)
1983-1996
Box: 2 Folder : 20-23 Correspondence, Ephemera
1982-1992
Box: 2 Folder : 24-29 Correspondence
1973-1989
Box: 2 Folder : 30 State of New York Authorship Rights
1982
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Chushingura
circa 1971
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Films
circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Young/Chin
1978
Box: 2 Folder : 34-36 Asian Americans in the Arts
1979-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 37 Photographs -- UN Rally, Hiroshima
circa 1970s
Box: 2 Folder : 38 Photographs -- Genera
circa 1970s-1980s
Box: 2 Folder : 39 Photographs -- "Pacific Overtures"
1976
Box: 2 Folder : 40-41 Correspondence
1980-1995
Box: 2 Folder : 42 Newspaper Clippings
1962
Box: 2 Folder : 43 Programs
1979-1990
Box: 2 Folder : 44-45 (Mixed Materials [31142063351426]) Publications
1945-1993
Box: 3 Folder : 1 (Mixed Materials [31142063351434])
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Photographs -- General
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 3-8 Daisho Miyagawa
1981-1992
Box: 3 Folder : 9-15 William Hohri
1994-2004
Box: 3 Folder : 16-17 Memorial Services
1990-2001
Box: 3 Folder : 18-19 Films
1962-1984
Box: 3 Folder : 20 Miné Okubo
1972-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 21 Japanese American News Corp. Stationary
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 22-24 Correspondence
1963-2000
Box: 3 Folder : 25 Calendars
1990, 2005
Box: 3 Folder : 26-31 Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)
1986-2005
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Consumer Guide to NYC Hospitals
1997
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Newsletters and Magazines
1998-2005
Box: 3 Folder : 34 (Mixed Materials [31142063351434]) Pacific Citizen
1989
Box: Shared Tamiment 057 Folder : 2 (Mixed Materials [31142063347952])
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Daily News
1945
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Rodan
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Getting Together
1970
Box: 4 Folder : 4-5 Gidra
1969-1970
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Conversations with Eric Sevareid , John J. McCoy
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Basement Workshop Yearbook
1986
Box: 4 Folder : 8-9 Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Newsletters
1993-2003
Box: 4 Folder : 10-11 Asian American Films
1979-1982
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Photographs -- General
circa 1970s
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Newspaper Clippings
1966, 1974
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Miné Okubo
2001
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Karl Yoneda
1974
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Arizona
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Michi Weglyn
1999
Box: 4 Folder : 18-20 The New York Nichibei
1967, 1980-1983
Box: 4 Folder : 21 National Japanese American Memorial Foundation
2000
Box: 4 Folder : 22-24 Bandwagon
1949-1950
Box: 4 Folder : 25 Santa Anita Pacemaker
1949-1950
Box: 4 Folder : 26-29 William Hohri
1983-2004
Box: 4 Folder : 30-31 National Council for Japanese American Redress
1980-1988
Box: 4 Folder : 32-34 Asian Americans for Action
1974-1976
Box: 4 Folder : 35 The New York Nichibei
1979
Box: 4 Folder : 36 Gidra
1974
Box: 4 Folder : 37 The Hokubi Shimpo
1949
Box: 4 Folder : 38 Asahi Evening News
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 39 New York Times
1975
Box: 4 Folder : 40-41 Raymond Okamura, Iva Toguri ("Tokyo Rose")
1975-1978
Box: 4 Folder : 42 Asian Americans for Action
1974-1977
Box: 4 Folder : 43 Newspaper Clippings
1980, 1992
Box: 4 Folder : 44 Miné Okubo
1973-1975
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Manzanar
1996
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Miwa Yanamoto Newsletter
1995
Box: 4 Folder : 47 World War II Veterans
1985-1995
Box: 4 Folder : 48 Films
circa 1960s-1970s
Box: 4 Folder : 49 Isaku and Emi Kida
1993
Box: 5 Folder : 1 World War II Veterans
1971, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 2-6 Asian Americans for Action
1969-1975
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Films
1976
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Day of Remembrance
1979
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Programs, Ephemera
1976-1988
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1990-2000
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Newspaper Clippings
circa 1970s-2000s
Box: 5 Folder : 12-14 Miné Okubo
1978-2000
Box: 5 T-shirts
circa 1970s-2000s
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Gidra
1990
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Population Maps
1970
Box: 7 Audio cassette: Richard McGeorge
1979-03-14
Box: 7 Audio cassette: Dennis Roland (I)
1979-01-11
Box: 7 Audio cassette: Dennis Roland (II)
1979-01-11
Box: 7 Audio cassette: 60 Minutes -- Koramatsu Case
1984-02-19
Box: 7 Audio cassette: B. Dalton Pickwick Commercial for "Years of Infamy"; Barry Farber Show, WOR NY Interview; Michi Weglyn Interview
undated
Box: 7 Vase
undated

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