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Guide to the Rosalie H. Wax Papers, 1943-1990
BANC MSS 83/115 c  
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  • Collection Summary

    Collection Title: Rosalie H. Wax Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1990
    Collection Number: BANC MSS 83/115 c
    Creator: Wax, Rosalie H., 1911-
    Extent: Number of containers: 10 boxes Linear feet: 4.2
    Repository: The Bancroft Library
    Berkeley, California 94720-6000
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Abstract: Consists chiefly of a 1981-1982 revision of her Tule Lake field notes, written for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study in 1944-1945, while Wax was at the Relocation Center near Newell, Calif. The revision, funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, includes a first and final draft, plus interviews conducted in 1981-1982 with former internees at Tule Lake, and longitudinal oral histories (Wax's term) created from the field notes and interviews. Additional material includes drafts of an unpublished book, articles and papers based on the revision, correspondence regarding the revision, and miscellaneous writings by internees and other researchers regarding the internment.
    Languages Represented: English

    Information for Researchers

    Access

    Until 2008, permission of the Director of The Bancroft Library is required for access. Those granted access are required to protect the confidentiality of individual names, and photocopying is prohibited without special arrangement.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the appropriate curator or the Head of Public Services for forwarding. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rosalie H. Wax Papers, BANC MSS 83/115 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Related Collection

    • Title: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records,
      Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 67/14 c

    Administrative Information

    Acquisition Information

    The Rosalie H. Wax Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Rosalie Hankey Wax on March 3, 1983. Additions were made by Murray L. Wax on Feb. 7, 1995.

    Funding

    Funding for processing provided by Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), Title III: Networking, Preservation and Statewide Resource-sharing grant for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records Project, 1994-1996.

    Scope and Content

    The Rosalie H. Wax Papers are built around a 1981-1982 revision, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, of her Tule Lake field notes, written for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study in 1944-1945. The collection contains a final and first draft of the revised field notes, plus interviews conducted in 1981-1982 with former internees at Tule Lake, and longitudinal oral histories (Wax's term) created from the field notes and interviews. Additional material includes drafts of an unpublished book, articles, and papers based on the revision, correspondence regarding the revision, and miscellaneous writings by internees and other researchers regarding the internment.
    Rosalie Hankey Wax, Professor of Anthropology and Education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1973 to 1981, was a staff researcher for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS) at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1943-1945. In June 1943, JERS sent Wax (then Rosalie Hankey) to the Gila Relocation Center at Rivers, Arizona. She was transferred to the Tule Lake Relocation Center near Newell, California, in February 1944 where she spent the next fifteen months. Wax's book, Doing Fieldwork: Warnings and Advice, published in 1971, uses her experience at Gila and Tule Lake to develop and illustrate her approach to anthropological fieldwork.
    Copies of Wax's original field notes and other reports for JERS are included with the
    Title: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records
    Identifier/Call Number: (BANC MSS 67/14 c).