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Register of the Thomas Ray Bodine Papers, 1941-1982
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Description
Correspondence, writings, notes, memoranda, reports, newsletters, printed matter, and photographs, relating to relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, and to the placement of Japanese-American students in colleges.
Background
On December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Thomas R. Bodine was in training for foreign service with the American Friends Service Committee. As a result, rather than being sent overseas, he was assigned to Seattle, Washington, to aid the Japanese-American population on the West Coast. He arrived in late January, several weeks before President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 (Feb. 19, 1942). During the months of January and February, the Seattle Friends Committee (as well as other West Coast Friends committees) was active in helping Japanese-Americans relocate voluntarily to the interior of the country, and performed an important role in advising and informing the Japanese-American population about the events which culminated in the order of March 2, 1942, excluding all persons of Japanese ancestry from the area.
Extent
11 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 envelopes (5 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
Collection open for research.