“The Fall of ’41: Students of Japanese Descent at Oregon State College”

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Oregon Multicultural Archives presents the display “The Fall of ’41: Students of Japanese Descent at Oregon State College”

Beginning with an overview of the Japanese immigration to Oregon, the display largely chronicles the campus reaction, both the students and the administration, in the months  after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and concludes decades later with the honorary degrees awarded to the Japanese students in 2008.

If you are interested in learning more, all of the documents and photographs within the OMA collections pertaining to the events have been digitized and are available online, see the blog post: OSU’s Japanese American Students During WWII

The Flickr collection of the display showcases the photographs of many of the students enrolled at OSC during 1941-1942.

 Display Information:

Dates: May-June 2013
Location: OSU Valley Library, 5th Floor across from the main elevators
Exhibit Curation and Design: Hannah Mahoney, OSU Special Collections and Archives Research Center Student Worker

Special Thanks: The exhibit includes photographs from the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center (ONLC) in Portland, Oregon. We were lucky to have the opportunity to work with the ONLC on this exhibit to gain a better understanding of the Japanese American population in Oregon.

Want to learn more? Contact Oregon Multicultural Librarian Natalia Fernández at natalia.fernandez@oregonstate.edu

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