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Collections & Research

Hirasaki National Resource Center Public Services

Services | Family Research | Research | Licensing

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


General Services

Visitors to the Hirasaki National Resource Center may use its library collection of secondary published materials at any time during the Center’s open hours. All library materials are non-circulating. The Resource Center provides VCRs and DVD players for on-site viewing as well as desks and reading spaces. Self-service photocopying is available as well.

Family Research Requests

The genealogical resources of the Hirasaki National Resource Center include World War II camp records, immigration record indices, and the Japanese American Military Experience database. Volunteers at the Resource Center are available to assist with these resources on a walk-in basis or by submitting the online family research request.

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

Licensing Procedures

Licensing of the museum’s permanent collection materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may take 6-8 weeks to process.

Images from the collection of the Japanese American National Museum may not be reproduced, distributed, or displayed without a completed license agreement and payment of the appropriate use fees. Use fees apply to one time use per image distributed in licensed format, unless otherwise authorized in the license agreement. For fee information, contact contact or 213.830.5712.



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