CU Japanese and Japanese American Community History Project

Program Contact

Megan Friedel

megan.k.friedel@colorado.edu

303.735.4846

For more information about the CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project, watch this short informational video.

The CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project documents the histories and experiences of Japanese and Japanese American students, faculty and staff on the CU Boulder campus from the university’s founding to the present day. The project was founded in 2019 in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of Japanese American incarceration in the United States and is led by Megan K. Friedel (Assistant Professor/Head of Archives) and Adam Lisbon (Assistant Professor/Japanese and Korean Studies Librarian) in the University Libraries, with the support of other Libraries personnel.

Friedel and Lisbon work with undergraduate students to connect with current students, alumni, and former faculty and staff from CU’s Japanese and Japanese American communities and local community organizations affiliated with CU.  The purpose of this project is to collect personal oral histories and materials such as photos, letters, diaries, ephemera, and other archival items that document the wide array of experiences that this community has had at our university over over one hundred years. These materials are added on an ongoing basis to the University Libraries’ Archives, to be preserved for the public for scholarship and as a part of university history in perpetuity.  This project is a part of the Archives’ ongoing commitment to document the histories of underrepresented communities on campus.

View digitized materials from the CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project on the CU Digital Library!

In 2019-2020, students working on the project selected over 120 documents from the Archives that document the history of Japanese and Japanese American communities at CU Boulder. More materials, in addition to oral history interviews, are currently being selected or created and will be added soon!

If you are interested in participating in the CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project and sharing your own story about what it has meant to you or a family member to be Japanese or Japanese American at CU Boulder, please contact Adam Lisbon.

  • Digitized materials from the CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project are available on the CU Digital Library: https://cudl.colorado.edu/luna/servlet/CUB~19~19

    Location

    on campUS

    Norlin Library

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    The "Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project Collection" online on the CU Digital Library will reach over 5,000 people per year, including campus and Colorado community members, as well as out-of-state and international researchers.

  • Oral History Interviews with Community Members

    Location

    on campUS

    Norlin Library

    Dates

    9/1/2020 - 6/15/2021

    Public or Private

    Public Program (open to the public)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

    Additional Info

    Alumni, staff, faculty and other members of CU Boulder's Japanese and Japanese American communities are invited to join the CU Japanese & Japanese American Community History Project by contributing their oral histories. Oral history interviews are led by the project's student employees, under the supervision of faculty project co-lead Adam Lisbon (Japanese & Korean Studies Librarian).

Sponsoring Units

  • University Libraries

  • Special Collections, Archives & Preservation

Program Partners

  • Sakura Foundation

Audiences Served

  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • General Public
  • Historically Excluded/Marginalized/Non-dominant Group(s)
  • Senior Citizens