This collection contains information collected during two surveys of Japanese farmers in the Los Angeles area in 1940 and
1942. The first survey relates to farms along major power transmission lines and aqueducts (1940) and the second to farms
in Los Angeles County (1942). A few letters, some notes, and a color coordinated key are also included.
The work for the first survey (1940) was requested by the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commission, and carried out by department
inspectors Charles Yerxa, Harry Perkins, and Frank Woods. Inspections were made at 147 properties, primarily Japanese, though
other “resident aliens” surveyed included Germans, Italians, Filipinos, and Chinese. The inspectors were instructed to obtain
information by asking casual and indirect questions and made notes about the people they interviewed, usually commenting on
how intelligent the interviewees seemed or that the individuals did not seem suspicious of the questioning. It was concluded
in a December 8, 1941 letter that 80-90% of farms owned by Japanese individuals were being run by non-citizens. The survey
was forwarded to a Mr. Ryan the day after Pearl Harbor, and this information was included at the beginning of a second survey
conducted in January 1942. There is less information about the second survey, and there are no maps to explain what the key
letters (A-R) correspond to. The second survey contains much more detailed and personal information about the people working
at each farm (including names, ages, genders, citizenship, registration numbers, ports of entry, etc) as well as financial
information, crop details, and projections for the future of each farm.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections
Management and Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (firstname.lastname@example.org).