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Preliminary Inventory to the Alice Newman Hays Papers, 1940-1945
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Alice Newman Hays Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1945
    Collection number: 51002
    Creator: Hays, Alice N.
    Extent: 1 manuscript box, 1 scrapbook. (0.6 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Letters written to A. N. Hays, and printed matter, relating to the internment of Japanese-Americans in relocation centers during World War II.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Alice Newman Hays Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Access Points

    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    United States.


    1. Scrapbook -- The scrapbook is 40 pages long and contains approximately 400 items, mostly newspaper clippings, on such subjects as life in the relocation camps, Japanese American participation in the war effort, the WRA, and the return of evacuees to the West Coast. The material is arranged chronologically from October 1940 to February 1945. The source of many of the smaller clippings is not given. For the larger clippings, most appear to have come from the San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, and the Oakland Tribune.
    2. Manuscript box -- The box contains 116 letters from the following people:
      • Congressman John Z. Anderson 1 letter
      • State Senator Byrl R. Salsman 1 letter
      • Mr. T.K. Kumano 13 letters
      • Mr. George Kitasako 4 letters
      • Mr. John Kitasako 19 letters
      • Mr. and Mrs. Jack Ishikawa 47 letters
      • Mr. and Mrs. Kazayuki Takahashi 31 letters


    The letters are the most valuable part of the collection. All the Japanese American correspondents went to the Santa Anita Assembly Center; all but the Takahashis went to Heart Mountain. Their letters contain good comparisons of conditions at Santa Anita and Heart Mountain, and excellent accounts of their reactions to anti-Japanese publicity on the West Coast. All express at least some fear about returning to California, but all also express great nostalgia for California. There are good accounts of reactions to the draft resistance movement at Heart Mountain, and many expressions of patriotism. Consult the following pages for a detailed description of the letters.