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Inventory of the Henriette B. Von Blon papers
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This collection contains personal materials, correspondence, and illustrations of Mrs. Henriette Von Blon, with an overarching emphasis on the Von Blon family's relationship with interned Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming, relocation center during World War II. Letters received by the Von Blon family by interned Japanese Americans from 1942-1944 describe life in the internment camp and gratitude for the Von Blons' support during their time in the camp. Illustrations sent with these letters depict the relocation camp and the daily life of the detainees. In addition to this material is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings compiled by Mrs. Von Blon for her daughter, Marie Adele, relating to conditions in France during World War II from 1940 to 1941.
Henriette Von Blon lived in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, John L. Von Blon, and her two children, Phillip and Marie Adele. John L. Von Blon was an editor at the Los Angeles Times for seventeen years, and Henriette also contributed to publications, like the popular art magazine "The International Studio". From the correspondence in the collection, it can be inferred that the Von Blon family formed bonds with Japanese Americans within their community before those families' relocation in World War II, and it is apparent they maintained these relationships during the war. The two families with which the Von Blons had the most correspondence in this collection were the Azeka and the Hariuchi families. In 1952, Mrs. Von Blon donated a collection of Children's illustrated books to Stanford in honor of her recently deceased son.
1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
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Collection is open for research.