Due to the current emergency situation, the JAHSSD office in Balboa Park and the JAHSSD Gallery at the San Diego History Center are currently closed. 

The Research Archives at JAHSSD

The JAHSSD Research Archives provides public access to our collections that reflect the history of the Japanese Americans in the San Diego region.

Our Collections Catalog is available to view online although this is a work in progress and does not currently contain all of the items that we have in our collections.

Scholars, students, professional researchers, and the general public are encouraged to visit us in person. (See Visiting the Research Archives below)

Appointments are required (reservations to be made at least 48 hours in advance)


Monday 9.30-12.30

Tuesday 9.30-12.30

Wednesday 9.30-12.30

Friday 9.30-12.30


We currently do not charge admission, but we do ask that you consider a donation to JAHSSD at the conclusion of your visit.

Photographs of research materials are not permitted, but we can provide paper photocopies of most items for 25 cents each page.

All fees and donations are used for the support of JAHSSD and the maintenance of our collections.


1649 El Prado, Suite 3
San Diego, CA 92101

The JAHSSD Research Archives are on the upper level of the Casa de Balboa. Access is through the San Diego History Center.

Please check in at the admissions desk in the San Diego History Center museum level (explain you are visiting the JAHSSD Research Archives)

Appointments and Questions:

Jane Kenealy, Archivist: 619-338-8181 or

Visiting the Research Archives:

Each researcher will be required to complete a registration form on their initial visit.

No food or drinks are permitted in the Research Archives.

Pencils only are to be used.

Please bring any notes necessary for your research including details of items identified through our online catalog.

Research is limited to well-defined individuals, topics, or questions as there is limited ability to browse the collections.

Due to space restrictions, please limit personal belongings where possible.

While JAHSSD welcomes students to do research, grades 1-8 should be accompanied by an adult. The Research Archives may not be suitable for children under 6.

JAHSSD does not appraise or offer authentication services.