About this collection
On April 18, 1906, the San Francisco, California Board of Education segregated all students of Japanese descent to "The Oriental Public School for Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans." Japanese-Americans were outraged at what they believed to be a breach of the treaty of 1894 that had guaranteed them the right to immigrate. As the problem escelated the Japanese and the United States governments intervened to preserve diplomatic peace.The Gentleman's Agreement of 1907 collection in DIVA gathers primary source documents including telegrams, letters, and confidential memos from 1906 through 1908 that detail the discussions of Theodoore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Kazuo Matsubara, and others. Newspaper clippings and articles from periodicals in the United States and Japan show the real impact of their decisions.