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Manabi & Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center

The Hirasaki National Resource Center (HNRC) fosters a self-directed educational experience by connecting its visitors, both on-site and remote, to the National Museum’s wealth of resources documenting Japanese American history and experience. The mission of the HNRC is to provide access to the National Museum’s diverse collections, ranging from art, artifacts and archival collections in a multitude of formats (primary materials) to published resources (secondary materials).

Toward its mission, the HNRC works to develop research collections, digital access programs, and on-site exhibitions specific to teaching and interpreting the Japanese American experience. A rapidly growing secondary research collection of over 3,000 works includes anthologies, bibliographies, books (reference, fiction, non-fiction, children’s), dissertations, exhibition catalogues, genealogical resources, government records and publications, microfilms, oral histories, periodicals, photographs, and video recordings.

HNRC digital programs have included virtual exhibitions, such as Fighting for Tomorrow: Japanese Americans in America’s Wars, and online catalogues, databases, and compilations of information resources accessible through the National Museum’s website. Changing exhibitions located within the HNRC continue to highlight specific collections or instruct about aspects of Japanese American history and life.

More information on the Hirasaki National Resource Center can be found on the National Museum’s website at

Here are some recommended resource books in the HNRC that are available for purchase through the Museum Store:

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