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Nov.17, 2010

Vol. 111, No. 4

Yasui trial records

In response to: Judge helps to revisit historic civil-liberties case

Published on November17, 2010

I enjoyed the article on Denny Chin ’75 and the story of the re-enactment of the Yasui trials (Campus Notebook, Oct. 13). PAW readers might like to know that Princeton holds what must be the largest collection of materials on these internment trials in the records of the American Civil Liberties Union. The records of this period are in bound volumes, but there is microfilm. To give some sense of the magnitude of these records, they begin in 1942 and continue to 1950, with five bound volumes of clippings and 35 volumes of correspondence on the cases. The Yasui case specifically is found in Volume 2667, and the ACLU legal brief on the case is in Box 1443 of the boxed ACLU records dating from a later transfer.

Those wanting to know more can look at these finding aids for Yasui and for Japanese-Americans:

http://diglib.princeton.edu/ead/GetEad?eadid=MC001.01

http://diglib.princeton.edu/ead/GetEad?eadid=MC001.02.04

Ben Primer
Associate University Librarian
Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University

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