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 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 JANM, 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 and Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Closed: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Accessing the Permanent Collection

    Research requests to access the Japanese American National Museum’s Permanent Collection can be made to the Collections Management and Access Unit at 213.830.5712 or Requests must be scheduled in advance and require documentation as to the purpose of the research visit. Fees may apply; for more information, contact or 213.830.5712.

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



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