Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) Records

Date Range: 19812006
Survey Conducted: Wed, 2008-10-01
Creator: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI)

History: The Japanese American Social Services, Inc. (JASSI) was formed in 1981 by Midori Shimanouchi Lederer to address the lack of social services for aging Japanese Americans with limited English language skills and little access to information about social service programs. Starting with a staff of three workers, JASSI quickly grew to encompass assistance for a broad range of needs, including legal and immigration issues and family problems, expanding beyond just elder Japanese Americans. Currently the only professional social services agency for the Japanese community on the East Coast, the organization provides information or referral services to a wide range of Japanese Americans, including restaurant workers, students, recent immigrants, and those in need of counseling or other referral services in the New York area.

Sources: Japanese American Social Services, Inc. “History & Mission.” Accessed February 3, 2015. http://jassi.org/history-mission/?lang=en.

Summary: The collection contains administrative materials, including minutes, correspondence, grant applications and employee files as well as financial information such as budgets, audits and payroll information. Also included are materials on services, workshops and events sponsored by JASSI, including client files, intake sheets and volunteer work records. Publicity materials, including brochures, newsletters and press releases are also present. The collection also includes photographs and scrapbooks documenting JASSI events and services.

Total Size: 22 linear feet
APA-related Size: 22 linear feet
Languages of materials: English and Japanese
Location: Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, New York University
Bibliographic Control: inventory
Inventory List: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/tamwag/tam_357/
Conditions Governing Access: Contact repository for detailed information on conditions governing access. Portions of financial records and client files may be restricted.
Preservation Note: Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings which should be reformatted and/or rehoused.

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