BCA Archives Committee Is Success Story

Let me share a great success story with you. Thanks to the commitment, perseverance, and hard work of the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) Archives and Historical Preservation Committee (the Archives Committee), we’ve made a great leap forward.

The Archives Committee is comprised of Lynne Ozawa (chair), and members, Rev. Fumiaki Usuki, Rev. Kazuaki Nakata, Eiko Masuyama, Sandy Saeki, Dona Mitoma, Mitsuyo Tanaka and Jamie Henricks of the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Aside from dedicated contributions of all committee members, Lynne Ozawa, Eiko Masuyama and Sandy Saeki deserve special recognition for their extraordinary efforts.

The committee’s purpose is to encourage the collection of records related to the BCA for the permanent preservation of their enduring cultural, historical and evidentiary value to the entire Japanese American community and the general public. The committee is dedicated to establishing an understanding, and appreciation of our Collection’s historic materials to ensure proper management, and preservation for reference, research, enrichment, and for the continued propagation of Jodo Shinshu in America.

The collection consists of 330-plus feet and is considered to be substantial by archival standards. In 1999, BCA deposited the collection with JANM. Little more than one year ago, JANM informed BCA that the annual cost to continue Collection maintenance would increase by more than 60 percent from $30,000 to $49,500 because of rising costs and other factors. This additional expense was unmanageable for BCA.