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.
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:
Notice of Change in Hirasaki National Resource Center Hours & Services
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday: 11AM – 5PM
Thursday: 12PM – 5PM
Saturday & Sunday: 11AM – 5PM
Closed: Wednesday & Friday
Special hours for May 4 – June 9, 2013:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11AM – 5PM
Thursday: 12PM – 8PM
Effective immediately, the Hirasaki National Resource Center (HNRC) will be undergoing a moratorium on general reference requests until January 1, 2014.
We are still accepting requests for camp and immigration records. Inquiries regarding the moving and still images in our collection will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accommodate researcher requests to access our permanent collection.
Please check our General Resources and Public Services pages for more information and answers to general questions.
* Our fee schedules can be downloaded here: