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About The Minoru Yasui Collection

The Minoru Yasui Collection represents the physical remnants of the life and work of attorney, activist, and communtity leader Minoru Yasui (1916-1986). Minoru Yasui was an advocate for the Japanese American community in Denver and beyond, as well as an attorney focusing on clients and cases with social justice implications. He is well-known for violating the Curfew Order, which was enforced against Japanese Americans during World War II, thus initiating a legal test that evolved into a controversial and unsuccessful coram nobis U.S. Supreme Court case. Perhaps Yasui's greatest contribution to Denver was his time at the helm of the city's Commission on Community Relations. Yasui worked closely with the African American and Hispanic American communities in Denver to find peaceful solutions to endemic problems in racial and social equality. Minoru Yasuo was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2015.

Donated shortly before Yasui's death in 1986, this collection contains family correspondance in English and Japanse; materials relating to his coram nobis case ; records of the Japanese American Citizens League; records of Denver's Commission on Community Relations; memorabilia; and photographs. Auraria Library is proud to be the steward of this collection and continues to work closely with the Yasui family, the Japanese American Citizens League, and others to ensure its safety and accessibility.