Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Japanese-American Internment Camp Church Bulletins and Newsletters collection
Collection number: GTU 94-9-02
Pacific School of Religion
1.5 linear ft.
The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Abstract: This collection contains mimeographed church worship bulletins and newsletters from various Japanese-American Internment Camps
during World War II.
Physical location: 2/A/2, 2/D/4
Languages represented in the collection:
Collection is open for research.
The material is very fragile. Photocopies are available for use and photocopying. Originals may be used by special permission.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must
also be obtained by the reader.
Japanese-American Internment Camp Church Bulletins and Newsletters collection, GTU 94-9-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives,
Gift of the Pacific School of Religion, 1994.
Scope and Content of Collection
The worship bulletins and newsletters in this collection were mailed to the Pacific School of Religion Library in Berkeley,
California (J. Stillson Judah, Librarian) from seven of the ten WWII relocation centers, commonly referred to as internment
camps. The library must have been on the camps' mailing lists. In the Library, the materials were put into pamphlet boxes
but never cataloged. It is not clear that all material sent from the camps was retained. This collection may be only a portion
of what was received.
Some worship bulletins were also the church newsletter. These will have the weekly order of worship for the Sunday church
service as well as articles, announcements, notices of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and other items of interest for the church
members. Several church bulletins and newsletters have a section reprinting parts or all of letters received from members
who had left the camps for school, jobs, or to serve in the armed forces. The Minidoka Churchman (Boxes 1 and 3) contains
particularly complete letters.
The bulletins and newsletters were printed on both letter and legal size paper. Therefore, material from the same camps might
be found in the letter size Boxes 1-2 as well as in the legal size Boxes 3-5. Check both box sizes for materials from the
Please note: The material is fragile. Photocopies are available for use and photocopying. Originals may be used by special permission.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in
the library's online public access catalog.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-45--History--Sources
Japanese Americans--Religious life
Concentration camps--United States--History--Sources
Concentration camps--Religious aspects
Granada Relocation Center (Amache, Colo.)
Granada Christian Church (Amache, Colo.)
Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
Heart Mountain Community Christian Church (Wyo.)
Jerome Relocation Center (Denson, Ark.)
Jerome Relocation Center Community Christian Church (Denson, Ark.)
Minidoka Relocation Center (Idaho)
Church of the Holy Apostles (Hunt, Idaho)
Poston Relocation Center (Poston, Ariz.)
Third Christian Church of Poston (Poston, Ariz.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (McGehee, Ark.)
Rohwer Federated Christian Church (McGehee, Ark.)
Central Utah Relocation Center
BACKGROUND READING: Lester E. Suzuki,
Ministry in the Assembly and Relocation Centers of World War II (Berkeley, Calif.: Yardbird Co., 1979). GTU Library call number BR563.J35 S89
"The J. Stillson Judah: Japanese Camp Books Collection, 1942-46", GTU
2001-3-01. Records from a project where seminaries lent religion and theology books for internment camp church ministers
and members to use. The project was coordinated by the Librarian at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif.
"The Gordon K. Chapman: Protestant Church Commission for Japanese
Service Collection, 1942-47", GTU 2002-9-01. Records of a cooperative project for the Protestant denominations in California
to coordinate needed programs and services in the internment camps. Gordon Chapman was the Executive Secretary.