About The Project

About the Project

Camp Digital Archives

Camp Digital Archives is a collaborative project of the National Japanese American Historical Society, Inc. (NJAHS) and the University of San Francisco (USF) to provide access to the public of 449 selected entries from the NJAHS Archives internment collections. The project consists of the digitization and cataloging of documentary artifacts such as scrapbooks, newspapers, magazines, high school yearbooks, assignment notices, ID cards, postcards, drawings, correspondence, and photographs, making them accessible by producing high resolution digital scans and collecting detailed information on each document, then uploading these files to the Japanese American Confinement Sites database currently hosted by the USF Gleeson Library Digital Collections website. 10 original language excerpts of Japanese Latin American oral histories and English translations were also uploaded courtesy of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project (JPOHP). All 449 of these diverse selections from the NJAHS archives are now online.

From September 2015 – 2017, NJAHS Exhibitions and Collections Manager Max Nihei, under the direction of NJAHS Executive Director Rosalyn Tonai and Project Director / USF Collections Management / Preservation class Professor Paloma Añoveros, worked with students from the NJAHS Museum Studies and Asian American Studies programs to create high quality scans and provide information about the 449 objects now available online.

USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu uploaded all content to the USF Gleeson Library Digital Collections online database, and website designer Greg Viloria and web development firm Verve Web Development updated the njahs.org/confinementsites website. Summer interns Damon Do, Breanne Batara, Christina Schwandt, Kristin Wight, Emily Lawhead, Maddy McGuffin, and Gabriela Nakashima were all indispensable to the project’s success.

We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in advancing the development of the website:

Rosalyn Tonai, NJAHS Executive Director / Project Director
Paloma Añoveros, USF Collections Management class instructor / Project Manager
Max Nihei, NJAHS Exhibitions and Collections Manager
Jessica Zheng Lu, USF Digital Collections Librarian
Verve Web Development
Greg Viloria, Web Development

USF Museum Studies Program Class of 2016 Project Participants:

Ben Glazier
Breanne Batara, 2016 Fall/Winter Project Intern
Christina Schwand, 2016 Fall/Winter Project Intern
Emily Lawhead, 2016 Fall/Winter Project Intern
Hannah Claire Somerville
Kristin Wight, 2016 Fall/Winter Project Intern
Lauren Dare
Lauren Garnese
Monet Oganesian
Morgan Schlesinger
Sara Hodge

 

NJAHS Interns
Joseph Tsuboi, 2016 Nikkei Community Internship
Damon Do, USF Asian American Studies, 2016 Summer Project Intern
Katelynn Pan, 2017 Nikkei Community Internship
Gabriela Nakashima, 2017 Summer Project Intern
Maddy McGuffin, 2017 Summer Project Intern

 

Click the titles below to learn about the history of the project.

  • Project 1, Phase 1: Website and Database Production

    The original project was undertaken with Lynne Horiuchi and Seth Wachtel in his Community Services Architectural Studio at USF. Lynne Horiuchi assigned students to work on designing the website and database. As a collaborative project, Lynne Horiuchi structured the content and guided the design along with several website consultants. The students designed and developed the website, producing all major elements: a home page, the tabbed format, links by type for locations, drawings, and objects/artifacts.

    The group learned together as all participants came to the project with little experience in website design. Students and project staff alike learned how purpose and content structured the website’s design, working with USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu and digital archivist consultant Susan Garfinkel.

    Lynne Horiuchi had previously collected copies of architectural drawings and engineering plans of the 10 WRA Centers for research for a forthcoming book, Dislocations: The Planning, Design and Construction of Japanese American Confinement Sites. Lynne Horiuchi obtained digitized copies of these drawings and plans from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collection. Jimi Yamaichi, a dedicated member of the Tule Lake Committee and Curator at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, also contributed a number of scans from his private collection of drawings and plans of Tule Lake Relocation / Segregation Center. Additional digital scans were obtained from NARA for the website. The National Japanese American Historical Society has also provided images of camp objects from its collection and from individual private collections featured in the Sasae: Objects of Memory and Art of Gaman exhibitions.

    This hands-on undergraduate studio project explored website content and critical assessments of user accessibility and collections metadata work with Jessica Zheng Lu. It was a seminal pedagogical model that became the basis to develop interdisciplinary programs in historic preservation, geography, landscape architecture, urban studies, and other academic areas.

    We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in creating this website:

    Lynne Horiuchi, Project Director
    Seth Wachtel, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Department of Art + Architecture, USF
    Susan Garfinkel, Website/Database Design Consultant
    Hachem Mahfoud, Research Assistant/ Web Designer
    Belen Ponce, Research Assistant/ Original Web Designer
    The Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, USF
    Jessica Zheng Lu, Digital Collections Librarian
    Jimi Yamaichi, Contributor
    Francis Wong, Web Design Direction

    Student Participants:
    Ariel Takata-Vasquez
    Keng-Lin Lu
    Sheila Imandoust
    Becca Liu
    Melody Peralta

  • Project 1, Phase 2: Website Redesign and Database Management

    In November 2012, a new project team consisting of Project Director Rosalyn Tonai, Collections Manager and Project Assistant Max Nihei, website designer Roy Chan, USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu, and collections consultant Paloma Añoveros was assembled. Roy Chan redesigned the website using WordPress for better look and feel, easier customizability, more features, and improved security. With consultation from JACS, the website and database’s content were checked for language consistency and historical accuracy.

    Max Nihei photographed 46 objects from the NJAHS collection and Rosalyn Tonai, after conducting onsite research at NARA in College Park, M.D. ordered 38 engineering plans of 8 relocation sites for the database. As of August 2013, the database now contained 162 architectural plans and engineering maps and 121 camp objects. After Max Nihei compiled information on the maps and objects, images and information, Jessica Zheng Lu uploaded them to the database.

    We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in advancing the development of the website:

    Jessica Zheng Lu, USF Digital Collections Librarian, Gleeson Library
    Rosalyn Tonai, Project Director, NJAHS
    Max Nihei, Project Assistant / Collections Manager, NJAHS
    Roy Chan, Web Designer
    Paloma Añoveros, Collections Consultant, USF Museum Studies Instructor
    Tyrone Cannon, Dean of USF Gleeson Library Collections

  • Project 2: Camp Collections: A Digital Library

    On September 2013, NJAHS was awarded a JACS grant to continue its efforts to improve public access to the collections by digitizing objects from NJAHS’ Camp Collections and posting them in the online database hosted by the USF Gleeson Library. Camp Collections: A Digital Library focused on providing accessibility to the NJAHS collections and cross cultural awareness by involving diverse participants in the implementation portion of the project as well as by including a wider selection of objects from more confinement sites including Department of Justice and U.S. Army facilities. Under the direction of NJAHS’s Director Rosalyn Tonai, Project Director and USF Adjunct Faculty, Paloma Añoveros, the project involved the active participation of the USF graduate students in the Museum Studies program. As part of the Collections Management/Preservation class, the students participated in the documentation, scanning, and photography, of 203 objects. The information was uploaded to the USF Gleeson Library Digital Collections for public access.

    Collections Manager / USF Museum Studies student Max Nihei served as key support staff for the project. This multidisciplinary project involved the invaluable participation of USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu, website designer Roy Chan and web development firm Verve. Additionally, Museum Studies program students Conny Bleul-Gohlke, Hillary Eischinger, and Lydia Marouf were valuable summer interns for the project.

    We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in advancing the development of the website:

    Rosalyn Tonai, NJAHS Executive Director / Project Director
    Paloma Añoveros, USF Collections Management class instructor / Project Manager
    Max Nihei, NJAHS Collections Manager / USF Museum Studies, Class of 2014, graduated Spring 2015
    Jessica Zheng Lu, USF Digital Collections Librarian
    Verve Web Development

    USF Museum Studies Program Class of 2014 Students:

    Elinoar Almagor
    Merrill Amos
    Alexa Beaman
    Leah Belcher
    Kaitlin Buickel
    Cornelia Bleul-Gohlke
    Ray Bussolari
    Janet Carmona
    Celia Castro
    Briana Commins
    Nalini Elias
    Jenny Fry
    Laura Harvey
    Natalie Hollett
    Brianna Jilson
    Marykaren Mrowka
    Stephen Ryan Pinter
    James Peth
    Cho Rao
    Mariah Shevchuk

     

    USF Museum Studies Program Class of 2015 Students:

    Kathryn Booth
    Miriam Blumenfeld
    Kayla Bruemmer
    Victor Crosetti
    Shannon Crowner
    Hillary Eichinger
    Jordan Dresser
    Angela Gala
    Erin Golightly
    Jenna Hebert
    Nell Herbert
    Lauren Law Kingsley
    Laura Langlois
    Rheilly Llanos
    Lydia Marouf
    Sabrina Oliveros
    Fahimeh Rahravan
    Kathleen Schlier
    Amber Spicer
    Melissa Zabel

 

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