Japanese American National Museum
Collections & Research

Hirasaki National Resource Center

Since its inception in 1985, the Japanese American National Museum has chronicled more than 130 years of Japanese American history—from the first Issei generation through the World War II incarceration to the present-day. In 1999, the National Museum established the Manabi and Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center (HNRC) to ensure that the story of Japanese Americans remains accessible to everyone.

Hirasaki National Resource Center

Located within the heart of the National Museum, the HNRC serves more than 8,000 researchers, writers, students, family historians, filmmakers, and other museum visitors annually both onsite and online through its reference, research and reproduction services.

You may contact the HNRC directly at:


Hirasaki National Resource Center Hours & Services

Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
    Thursday: 2:30 p.m.– 5 p.m.
    Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Closed: Wednesday & Friday

Research requests to access the National Museum’s Permanent Collection can be made to the Collections Management & Access Unit at 213.830.5620 or Requests are scheduled in advance and require documentation as to what purpose the research visit will pose.

Please check our General Resources and Public Services pages for more information and answers to general questions.

* Our fee schedules can be downloaded here:



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