Uniting Collections Digitally to Document the Legacy of Japanese American Internment

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Best Practices Exchange 2016

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Sacramento, CA


A consortium of thirteen California State University archives have partnered to digitize documents and oral histories that shed light on the removal of 110,000 law-abiding U.S. residents of Japanese descent during World War II. The project brings together CSU Japanese American archival collection materials related to confinement sites that are in need of digitization and descriptive cataloging to enhance online discoverability and unite those collections digitally through a CSU-sponsored website. The participating institutions have adapted best practices for digitization and cataloging to meet the needs and provide consistency for the digitization of the 15,000+ documents, photographs, oral histories and other items.


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