Title: Alice Newman Hays Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1945
Collection number: 51002
Hays, Alice N.
1 manuscript box, 1 scrapbook.
(0.6 linear feet)
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
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[Identification of item], Alice Newman Hays Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.
- 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.
- 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.