Inventory of the W. G. Kubick papers

Finding aid prepared by Tess McCarthy, MLIS.
Hoover Institution Archives
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Title: W. G. Kubick papers
Date (inclusive): 1940-2000
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, testimony, photocopies of United States government documents, and printed matter, relating to internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and to subsequent proposals for reparations payments.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Kubick, W. G.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. G. Kubick papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2000.


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Biographical Note

William G. Kubick's family moved from Chicago, Illinois to California in 1922 when he was eight. In writings and testimony, Kubick states that he grew up in Los Angeles among Japanese Americans. In 1942, he entered the United States Army, participated in landings throughout the Pacific and, was among the first United States occupation force who participated in assault landings on Japan by 1945.
In 1981, Kubick testified before the Seattle hearing of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) as a veteran of World War II. Kubick later became known as American opponent of reparations payments to Japanese Americans interned during World War II based on civil rights violations.
By 1983, the CWRIC issued its findings in Personal Justice Denied, concluding that the incarceration of Japanese Americans had not been justified by military necessity. The findings of the CWRIC led to the passage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 (Yamato). In 2000, Kubick asserted his support of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066.
W.G. Kubick papers, Box 1, Hoover Institution Archives.
Yamato, Sharon. "Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians." Densho Encyclopedia. October 22, 2013. Accessed April 27, 2015. on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians/.

Arrangement Statement

Arrangement follows original order of the creator.

Scope and Content of Collection

Materials created and compiled by W.G. Kubick on the topic of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II in preparation for senate hearings on the Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians in Seattle in 1981 and later involvement in writing about reparations and appearing on broadcast shows. Senate Bill, S. 2116 and House Bill H.B. 442 regarding civil liberties violations and reparations are included in the collection.
Contents include writings, correspondence, testimony, photographs, printed matter and photocopies of United States government documents from agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Also documentation of television and radio appearances as well as articles, letters to the editor in support of the United States action to relocate Japanese Americans in war relocation centers.

Related Collections

Lillian Baker papers, Hoover Institution Archives.
David D. Lowman papers, Hoover Institution Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Compensation (Law) -- United States.
Japanese Americans -- Civil rights.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
Japanese Americans.
World War, 1939-1945--Reparations.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.


Printed materials, 1943 - 1983

Scope and Contents note

Includes information about the United States government series of orders to evacuate Japanese and Japanese Americans into war relocation centers (internment camps):
United States Senate, Ninety-Eighth Congress, First Session. Japanese American Redress: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure of the Committee on the Judiciary on S. 1520 the World War II Civil Liberties Violations Redress Act, and Reports of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1984.
United States War Department. Japanese Evacuation from the West Coast 1942 - Final Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1943.
Box/Folder 1 : 1

Japanese evacuation materials, July, 1943 - July, 1983


Relocation and internment materials, 1941 - 2000

Scope and Contents note

Series contains compiled works in three volumes in categories and topics by the creator:
Executive Order 9066 and related materials.
The War Relocation Camps.
Justice Department and FBI.
Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC)
Correspondence: Congress, general, letters to editors, Lilian Baker and David D. Lowman
Subject files: Bombing of Hiroshima, war reparations for Japanese internment survivors and Gordon Hirabayashi.
Writings: Kubick (articles, correspondence), Lowman (typescript).
World War II veterans.
Yamashita, Shonin. "It Had to Be So," (1985).
Congressional bills: H.B. 442 and S. 1520.
Historical landmarks: Manzanar (California Registered Historical Landmark Number 850) and Tule Lake (850-2).
Box: 1

Volume I, 1942 - 1988

Box/Folder 1 : 2

Government documents and reports, 1942 - 1981

Scope and Contents note

Government documents include executive orders, reports from the United States Justice Department and lists of names on Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) files along with correspondence and clippings. Materials also include witness testimony from Kubick attesting to President Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 that ordered the internment of Japanese and those of Japanese descent in the United States.
Box/Folder 1 : 3

Correspondence, 1983 - 1988

Box: 1

Volume II, 1942 - 1990

Box/Folder 1 : 4

David D. Lowman typescript, school board reparations, and Hiroshima, 1982 - 1985

Scope and Contents note

Information about Seattle school board reparations and the United States bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. Includes David D. Lowman's typescript "Magic and the Japanese Relocation and Internment."
Box/Folder 1 : 5

Writings, 1940 - 1990

Box: 2

Volume III, 1971 - 2000

Box/Folder 2 : 1

Lillian Baker correspondence, Trask Report, and Gordon Hirabayashi, 1981 - 1985

Scope and Contents note

Trask Report is the written statement by Dr. David F. Trask, Chief Historian of the U.S. Army Center for Military History, Department of the Army before the Subcommittee on Administrative Law and Government Relations of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Second Session, 98th Congress: War Relocations and Internment of Civilians. June 20, 1984. Copy.
Box/Folder 2 : 2

Veterans' action, writings and historical landmarks, 1971 - 2000

Scope and Contents note

Veterans' groups include correpsondence from the Veternas of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) regarding VFW Resolution 442 and The American Legion resolution supporting H.R. 1334.