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Go For Broke National Education Center (Los Angeles, CA 90012-3901)
Summer Espinoza (Project Director: July 2016 to June 2017)
Linh Gavin Do (Project Director: June 2017 to present)

The Segregated Japanese American Military Units of World War II: Access to Veteran Moving Image Oral Histories

The digitization and free online accessibility of 800 video oral history interviews of veterans of Japanese American military units in World War II.

This is an 18-month project for digitization and segment level indexing of 800 moving image oral history interviews of Japanese American veterans who served in segregated units during World War II, while many had families imprisoned in War Relocation Authority incarceration camps. The broadcast-quality interviews, collected across the US beginning in 1998, capture the experiences of JA veterans who served throughout the European and Pacific Theaters. The videotapes will be digitized to archival standards at the University of Southern California Digital Repository. GFB has implemented a highly-searchable web-based digital platform that integrates University of Kentucky's Oral History Metadata Synchronizer and open source Omeka web publishing platform. Segment level indexing will allow researchers to search by topic and keyword and be connected to specific moments in an interview, thus eliminating research time sitting through playback to locate relevant video segments.

Project fields:
Asian American Studies; Military History; U.S. History

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$193,080 (approved)
$193,080 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2017 – 3/31/2019