How to use the website and digital archive: Facts & Tips
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The Library of Occidental
College seeks to make known its unique collection
of materials regarding the Japanese American
relocation and evacuation during World War II. These
historical documents were preserved through the
efforts of President Remsen DuBois Bird and
College Librarian, Elizabeth McCloy, in the
mid-1940’s. An initial grant from
the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes
Foundation’s Archival Grants Program in 2004
partially funds the Library’s digital archive
project to preserve, digitize and distribute a
selection of the letters, materials and
newspapers published in the Japanese internment
camps during World War II.
The online Website offers an
overview of the collection, including a
comprehensive research guide, links to selected
resources, and a representative selection from the
Of particular note is the
correspondence of Occidental President Remsen
Bird, College Librarian Elizabeth McCloy, faculty,
and Occidental’s Japanese American students. The
students attending in 1942 are Sinpachi
Kanow, Mary Kariya, Russell Nakata, John
Nishiyama, Ted Tajima, and Iko Tanzawa. Alumni are
Shizona Tanaka (’26) and Sophie Tagima Toriumi
(‘38) and prospective students are Helen Matsunaga
and Akira Shiraishi.
The following is an overview
of the types of materials in the online digital
archive as of June 10, 2005:
The digital database is powered by Content DM ®, a digital content management system. The Occidental College collection is hosted on the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) server in Ohio.
The Online Project strives to offer different ways for researchers of all ages and interests to learn more about the collection and have direct access to the primary source materials.
*The Website is an overview of the collection and website pages are organized according to the topics of content in the collection. It provides context for the digital images in the archive, offers customized links to an individual or group of records in the digital archive, and highlights the corresponding section in the Research guide.
*The digital archive is a database of images and records that enables direct access to surrogate images of the primary source materials. The Series data field in the individual item description corresponds to the topics pages of the Website and the Series descriptions in the Research Guide.
*The Research Guide is a comprehensive document to provide historical background, describe the intellectual organization of the materials, and describe the physical holdings. It is a formal finding aid adhering descriptive standards and practices of the archival community.
Occidental College Library is making its resources available for non-commercial educational and research purposes only. Digital images are surrogate representations of real documents held in the Special Collections of the Occidental College Library. Some images may represent copyrighted works and should not be downloaded or otherwise used without permission.
Property rights reside with the Occidental College Library. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to reproduce or publish, please contact the librarian at Special Collections.
Privacy and publicity rights reflect separate and distinct interest from copyright. Occidental College Library has sought permission from the authors of letters and papers included in the digital archive solely for the inclusion of their letters in the digital archive. Patrons desiring to use materials from the website bear the responsibility of making individualized determinations as to whether privacy or publicity rights are implicated by the nature of the materials and how they use such materials.
Occidental College Library wants to hear from any copyright owners who are not properly identified on this Website so that we may make the necessary corrections.
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