Information for Researchers
Scope and Content
Collection Title: Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records
Date (inclusive): 1940-1951
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 171
Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play
Number of containers: 5 cartons and 8 boxes
Linear feet: 9.55
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
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Languages Represented: Collection materials are in
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Information for Researchers
Collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts
must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft
Library 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.
[Identification of item], Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records, BANC MSS C-A 171, The Bancroft
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Japanese American evacuation and resettlement records, 1930-1974 (BANC MSS 67/14 c)
Morton Grodzins, Political Aspects of the Japanese Evacuation (BANC MSS 71/169 c)
Japanese American Citizens League, National Ad Hoc Committee to Repeal the Emergency Detention Act records, 1967-1971 (BANC
MSS 75/59 z)
Harry Lee Kingman papers, 19921-1975 (BANC MSS 76/173 c)
Rosalie H. Wax papers, 1943-1974 (BANC MSS 83/115 c)
Galen Merriam Fisher correspondence (BANC MSS 86/179 c)
Material Cataloged Separately
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections at The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1953.016)
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Dr. Galen M.
Fisher in 1952.
Funding for processing provided in part by a Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), Title III: Networking, Preservation
and Statewide Resource-sharing grant, 1994-1996.
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American
Confinement Sites Grant Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are
those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play was organized in January of 1943 with the express purpose
of insuring the constitutional rights of persons of Japanese ancestry who had been evacuated from the Pacific Coast and relocated
to the interior of the country by presidential proclamation in 1942.
The committee was an outgrowth of the Committee on National Security and Fair Play, which had been originally constituted
in October 1941, under the name of the Northern California Committee for Fair Play for Citizens and Aliens of Japanese Ancestry.
Among its founders and leading members were David P. Barrows, Monroe Deutsch, Josephine Duveneck, Galen M. Fisher, Henry Francis
Grady, Ruth Kingman, Alfred J. Lundberg, Robert Millikan, Chester Rowell, Robert Gordon Sproul, Paul Taylor, and Ray Lyman
The committee acted as an unofficial public relations representative of the War Department, the Justice Department, the State
Department, the War Relocation Authority, and any other government body or civil servant whose responsibility it was to express
a considered opinion concerning persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States. The work of the committee included disseminating
educational materials to the public, providing public speakers, holding conferences, correcting distorted statements in the
press, carrying on a dialogue with governmental officials and leaders of community groups, investigating conditions at relocation
centers and monitoring the return of the evacuees after the centers were closed. Chapters were formed in Fresno, Los Angeles,
Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Portland, and Seattle.
After the closing of the relocation centers, committee members decided that other, broader based interracial, intercultural
community organizations could more effectively continue the work of the committee and incorporate its programs into their
own. To this end, the Pacific Coast Committee for American Principles and Fair Play dissolved itself in December 1945.
Scope and Content
The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records date from 1940 to 1951, and relate to the evacuation,
internment, and relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The collection consists of a variety of materials, including
correspondence, reports, minutes, and printed materials, which provide insight into the feelings of the citizens connected
to this situation.
Correspondence includes requests for information from government agencies and community organizations as well as individuals.
Committee records include memoranda, reports, minutes of Executive Board meetings, and financial records. Publications include
articles by Dr. Galen M. Fisher.
Materials relate to the evacuation, internment, and relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. Correspondence includes
requests for information from government agencies and officials, community groups, and private individuals. Committee records
include in-house correspondence, memoranda, reports of activities, minutes of executive board meetings, financial records,
and publications, including articles by Dr. Galen M. Fisher. Materials collected by the Committee for reference purposes include
Japanese-American subject files relating to evacuation from the west coast, specific relocation centers, and resettlement
legislative issues; War Relocation Authority files, including memoranda, reports, statements, press releases, and clippings
which illustrate the committee's role in the interpretation and dissemination of government information; and, files for various
organizations, which may include correspondence, minutes, reports, statements, and printed materials as well as clippings,
all providing insight into the feelings of citizens connected to the situation.
The Japanese-American subject files include evacuation from the West Coast, materials regarding specific relocation centers,
and resettlement legislative issues. The relationship of The Committee to the War Relocation Authority is illustrated by handwritten
memos, reports, and statements. Of particular interest are field notes and interviews regarding the return of the Japanese-Americans
to Northern California in the summer of 1945. A selection of clippings completes the collection.