The Letters Project

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The Letters Project is a public archiving program by the San Diego Public Library to collect and archive the stories of San Diegans through the writing of letters.  Japanese American children from San Diego incarcerated in camps during World War II wrote letters describing their lives to their librarian, Clara Breed.

Open to all Ages | September 18, 2021 - January 30, 2022

We are asking community members to submit letters to their library describing life during the current historical moment of deep national reflection and the deadly Covid-19 pandemic which has locked down our lives and created isolation and fear. Visit project webpage for more details.


The Letters Project is part of the program series The Rebellious Miss Breed: San Diego Public Library and the Japanese American Incarceration. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit


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