The Morrish Collection includes the case files that were produced by J. Elmer Morrish of the Japanese-Americans from Redwood
City who were interned during the War. The bulk of the collection is original correspondence from the internees to Morrish
and carbon copies of the correspondence sent by Morrish to the internees. Other records include tax bills, government forms,
and bank statements. The case files are arranged by family surname. References to J. Elmer Morrish, as well as all the Japanese-Americans,
are listed in the Local History general inventory database.
J. Elmer Morrish was Vice President of the First National Bank in Redwood City where most of the Japanese-Americans kept their
financial accounts at the start of World War II. Morrish corresponded with the internees throughout the War, overseeing their
personal and business affairs at home. He paid property taxes, hired workers for nurseries, and helped deliver supplies to
the internment camps. Morrish also managed the business operations of the California Chrysanthemum Growers Assn.
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Property rights of the materials in the Morrish Collection reside with the Redwood City Public Library. Literary rights are
retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The materials are intended for educational and scholarly research
only; any other kind of use may be subject to restrictions. Users are solely responsible for determining the existence of
such rights and for obtaining and/or paying for proposed use.
The Morrish Collection is open for research, however the materials must be viewed in the Local History Room with assistance
of Library staff.