||Clara E. Breed directed the San Diego Public Library for 42 years as a public servant advocating on numerous fronts, most significantly on behalf of the hundreds of Japanese American families that were incarcerated due to Executive Order 9066.
Breed was ahead of her time in her interest to promote cultural understanding and fight prejudice. Her activism broadens our insights about the role libraries play in working toward a more equitable, diverse, and inclusionary future.
This exhibition is co-organized by guest curators Susan Hasegawa, Linda Salem, and the San Diego Public Library, and was made possible by a collaboration between the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Japanese American National Museum, the Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego, San Diego State University Library, and Simmons University Archives. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.