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The collections on this site are the result of projects conducted by students of the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia. These projects are developed in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the class LIBR 582: Digital Images and Text Collections.

Copyright 

The items in this collection are held by the Nikkei National Museum. All of the items are in the public domain. 

Creation of the Digital Collection 

This collection was created by Katy Boyd, Elizabeth Bush, and Pascal Canucci. The items in the Japanese-Canadian Veterans Collection were chosen from the hundreds of items held by Nikkei Museum.

Goals

The goal of the collection is to provide users access to historical photographs of Japanese soldiers in World War I. The digital image collection is being developed in commemoration of the one hundred year anniversary of Japanese soldiers volunteering to join the Canadian Armed Forces to fight in the European Theatre. This collection highlights a little known and emphasized chapter in Japanese-Canadian history. Preserving the collection for future generations is another goal of the digitization project. The photographs are close to 100 years old and are starting to deteriorate so digitization is urgently needed.

Audience/Access

The collection is part of part of the online commemorative collection the museum will be hosting for the 100 year anniversary of Japanese soldiers enrolling in the Canadian army in WWI. Ultimately, the images may be uploaded to a Nikkei hosted server for long term access by users. The collection will be of interest to local historians interested in British Columbia History, Asian Studies Historians, and Military Historians. This collection will also be of interest to student who are seeking primary source images for papers and essays. Finally, the collection will be relevant to members of the general public interested in the Japanese experience in British Columbia and during WWI.

Selection

Items from WWII were included to expand on the depth and breath of the collection. Items were chosen based on:

Value

How relevant is the photograph to the mission of Nikkei?
How unique is the contents of the photograph?
What aspect of history does the photograph represent?
Does the photograph add to the understanding of the history Japanese-Canadians in WWI?

Demand

Would the photograph be appropriate to use in promotional materials?
Would the photograph appeal to current users of the Nikkei Centre?
Does the photograph have a realistic expectation of attracting new users?

Non-duplication

Are there any identical or similar digital products that can meet the needs of the Nikkei Centre instead of this photograph?

Images of the Collection being scanned 

 

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