The Oregon Cultural Trust has awarded the University Library $5,000 to support the Portland JACL historical records project. The University Library’s Special Collections is the steward of over 23 boxes of historically important records from the Portland JACL. Funding from the OCT, matched by a donation of an additional $5,000 from the Portland JACL, will be used to identify, organize and preserve these aging and often fragile materials and launch an online searchable finding aid that will be made available to the public, including researchers, educators, students, and community members. The Japanese American Citizens League is the country’s oldest Asian American organization dedicated to preserving civil rights in the United States. The Portland chapter’s records cover a pivotal period in national and local history from the 1930s to the 1980s.
The Oregon Cultural Trust is an innovative public-private fundraising and grant-making program that will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2012. In 2011, the Oregon Cultural Trust granted $1,543,092 to 60 organizations, 42 county and tribal coalitions, and 5 partners across the state. Through these contributions, the OCT helped 500,000 Oregonians participate in arts, heritage, or humanities experiences. To learn more about Oregon Cultural Trust, visit: www.culturaltrust.org.
Portland JACL is the Portland chapter of Japanese American Citizens League, a membership-driven national organization, founded in 1928, whose mission is to secure and uphold the human and civil rights of Americans of Japanese ancestry and others and to promote and preserve the cultural heritage and values of Japanese Americans. To learn more about the work of the Portland JACL and how you can support their mission, visit: www.pdxjacl.org.