The University of California was chartered in 1868, combining the private College of California and state land-grant instutition, the Agricultural, Mining, and Mechanical Arts College, with the former providing land and the latter providing funding for the newly formed University of California.The University first opened in 1869.
The first chair in Oriental Languages and Literatures at UC Berkeley was established in 1872 only four years after the instituiton's founding. San Francisco lawyer Edward Tompkins then endowed the Agassiz chair recognizing that the Orient was a region "of the utmost consequence" for the first of the US's Pacific-facing states.
Japanese language was first taught at UC Berkeley in 1901.
A collection of over 100,000 original manuscript items from the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, this digital archive includes searching and browsing capabilities, as well as GIS data about the confinement sites. It is based in the Bancroft Library at the University of California Berkeley
The Online Archives of California
The OAC provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary resource collections maintained by more that 200 contributing institutions including libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums through California and collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses. Search the OAC for images and documents about Japanese-American history in California.