Program Details:

CU Japanese and Japanese American Community History Project

The CU Japanese and Japanese American Community History Project seeks to document 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 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, in honor of the 75th anniversary of the end of Japanese American incarceration in the United States. Over the 2019-2020 academic year, Friedel and Lisbon will work with three student interns to connect with current students, alumni, and former faculty and staff from CU's Japanese and Japanese American communities, as well as community organizations, in order to collect personal materials such as photos, letters, diaries, ephemera, oral histories, and other archival items that document their experiences on campus. These materials will be added to the CU Boulder Archives in the Special Collections, Archives & Preservation Department of the University Libraries to be preserved for scholarship and as a part of university history in perpetuity, and selections will be digitized and added to the CU Digital Library. This project is a part of the Archives' ongoing commitment to document the histories of underrepresented communities on campus.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • Norlin Library

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Sakura Foundation

Sponsoring Units

Academic Affairs, Division of

  • University Libraries

Program Contact

Megan Friedel
Head of Archives

Program Categories


  • History

Program Types:

  • Community Research


  • Alumni/Parents/Friends
  • General Public
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Senior Citizens

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