JASC Legacy Center Subject Guides

JASC Legacy Center Subject Guides

JASC Legacy Center Subject Guides

These guides are provided to help researchers of all ages and levels of experience explore issues and topics related to the Legacy Center’s collections.  Many of the resources listed in the guides reside outside of the Legacy Center and are available for free online.  Our goal is always to connect you to the sources that contain the information you are seeking, whether or not the information is part of our physical holdings.

These guides are a new project of the Legacy Center and the list will grow over time:

Recommended Resources List for Learning about Japanese American History

Chicago’s Japanese American Neighborhoods

Legacy Center Highlights

Explore the archives!

Our searchable database of finding aids provides background information and an inventory for each collection.

Explore the library! 

Use LibraryThing to check our holdings.  All are welcome to use our books on-site, and JASC members can check out books if we hold more than one copy.

Enjoy our digital exhibits! 

Engaging, image-rich exhibits to help illuminate the Japanese American experience in Chicago.

Listen to your elders! 

Our oral history collection features interviews with community members reflecting on a wide variety of topics from incarceration to contemporary activism.

Watch and learn! 

Check out a documentary film on incarceration and resettlement and a series of four films from 1975 featuring Issei voices.


Looking for your next great read?  Searching for the perfect gift?  The JASC Bookshop has titles suitable for children, young adults, and adults on a wide range of topics.  Find books about Japanese American history, books by Japanese American authors, books celebrating diversity, books about food and cooking, books about arts and culture, and more!

When you order any title through our shop, your purchase supports both JASC and local, independent bookstores.  You get the convenience of online shopping and shipping to your home, with the knowledge that your consumer dollars are making a difference.

Search for a title using the bar below, or visit the shop to browse our lists of carefully selected titles for readers of all ages!