New Archives display for Japanese American internment redress hearings at NEIU

A new exhibit from the University Archives covering the Japanese American internment redress hearings and NEIU’s role is on display in the Library’s first floor lobby.

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued United States Executive Order 9066. Because of this wartime mandate, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes and sent to U.S. internment camps. These camps were overcrowded, and living conditions were substandard. In the process of relocation, the imprisoned Japanese Americans lost their homes, properties, and businesses.

President Gerald Ford repealed Executive Order 9066 in 1976. The Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) was created in 1980 to investigate the lawfulness of Executive Order 9066. The CWRIC executed an official evaluation of the mandate and its impact on Japanese Americans, starting the process of reparations to the Japanese Americans for the time and property they had lost. In 1981, Northeastern Illinois University was chosen as the Chicago site for these historically significant court hearings.

The documents presented in this display are part of a collection related to the Japanese Internment Redress Hearings held at Northeastern Illinois University in 1981. This collection of official government documents, photographs, sound recordings, and court transcripts is housed in the University Archives. Interested members of the University Community are encouraged to use this valuable research collection.

To view this collection and to listen to the testimonies, contact the University Archives. The University Archives office is located in the Lower Level of the Ronald Williams Library. For more information, please call(773) 442-4416, or email University Archivist Dario Villa at d-villa@neiu.edu.

Hanna Ahn
Faculty Assistant
Ronald Williams Library

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References
 “20th Anniversary Of The Civil Liberties Act To Be Celebrated.” Northeastern Illinois University. 25 Aug. 2008. Web. 21 Jan. 2014. <http://www.neiu.edu/About%20NEIU/NEIU%20Newsroom/Press%20Releases/August%2008%20Press%20Releases/20th_Anniversary_of_the_Civil_Liberties_Act_to_be_Celebrated.html>
Siasoco, Ricco V., and Shmuel Ross. “Japanese Internment in World War II.” Infoplease. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. <http://www.infoplease.com/spot/internment1.html>

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