Personal collections are a critical component of Densho’s archives. These collections, donated by families and individuals, provide amazing insights into Japanese American history that might otherwise be forgotten, while allowing educators, researchers and the general public to see the past through the eyes of everyday families. Even though our staff has been working from home for the last several months, Densho’s collections team is still actively expanding our digital archives. Browse through these recent highlights, and then head over to the Densho Digital Repository for more — you may even find some familiar faces!
Even with such a wide range of collections and materials, we know we are only scratching the surface of the Japanese American experience. If you’re interested in contributing your family’s story to the Densho Digital Repository, please fill out this form to get in touch with our collections team. Know someone whose story should be captured in an oral history? Fill out the narrator nomination form here! Looking for more stories? Check out Campu, a new Densho podcast that goes beyond the standard “Incarceration 101” to explore more intimate, lesser-known corners of this history. And finally, if you’d like to learn more about the work Densho does, in the archives and beyond, we hope you’ll join us at the Densho Dinner @ Home on October 24th!
By Micah Merryman, Densho Digitization Tech
[Header photo: A family of four outside their home in Banks, Oregon, July 1938. Courtesy of the Patricia Shigeno Collection.]