Guide to the War Relocation Authority Collection

Special Collections & Archives
University Library
California State University, Northridge
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Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives
Title: War Relocation Authority Collection
Creator: California State University, Northridge. University Library
Identifier/Call Number: SC.WRA
Extent: 1.04 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1942-1949
Abstract: The War Relocation Authority (WRA) was created on March 18, 1942, by Executive Order of the President, No. 9102. This new civilian agency was to be responsible for "the relocation (of evacuees) in appropriate places, providing for their needs in such manner as may be appropriate, and supervising their activities." The collection consists of reports, memoranda, news clippings, news digests, statistics, and other documents issued by the War Relocation Authority leading up to, during, and following the period of Japanese internment.
Language of Material: English, Japanese

Historical Note:

The library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Scope and Contents

The War Relocation Authority Collection consists of reports, memoranda, news clippings, news digests, statistics, and other documents issued by the War Relocation Authority leading up to, during, and following the period of Japanese internment.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project.  

Related Material

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift and purchase, 1990

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Processing Information:

Tony Gardner

Subjects and Indexing Terms


Box 1, Folder 1

Digest of West Coast Newspaper Items, 1945 September 24-1946 January 15

Box 1, Folder 2

General Emmons has Settled Japanese Issue, Chester Rowell, San Francisco Chronicle, 1943

Box 1, Folder 3

House Committee on Un-American Activities

Box 1, Folder 4

Memoranda, 1942, 1949

Box 1, Folder 5

News Highlights, 1945

Box 1, Folder 6

News clippings, August 1943

Box 1, Folder 7

News clippings, August 1943

Box 1, Folder 8

News clippings, unpaged, September 1943

Box 1, Folder 9

News clippings, September 1943

Box 1, Folder 10

News clippings, September 1943

Box 1, Folder 11

News clippings, September-October 1943

Box 1, Folder 12

News clippings, October 1943

Box 1, Folder 13

News clippings, Review of West Coast Newspaper Items, 1944 July 15-August 13

Box 1, Folder 14

Quarterly Reports, 1942-1945

Box 1, Folder 15

Relocation Communities for Wartime Evacuees, 1942

Box 1, Folder 16

Semi-annual Reports

Box 1, Folder 17

Tabulation of News Clippings (Formerly News Digest ), 1945

Box 1, Folder 18

Washington Daily News Digest, 1945

Box 1, Folder 19

WRA Baltimore Relocation Office

Box 1, Folder 20

WRA, Community Analysis Section, 1944

Box 1, Folder 21

WRA Director

Box 1, Folder 22

WRA Documents 6

Box 1, Folder 23

WRA Senior Archivist

Box 1, Folder 24

WRA Statistics Section

Box 2, Folder 1a

War Relocation Authority publications; The Relocation Program [Japanese]; The Relocation Program [English], 1943

Box 2, Folder 1b

War Relocation Authority publications: Segregation of Persons of Japanese Ancestry in Relocation Centers; Separation of Evacuees of Doubtful Loyalty from Loyal Evacuees, 1943

Box 2, Folder 2

Trouble Among Japanese Americans. The "Jap-First" Block, 1943 February 1

Box 2, Folder 3

Hawaii Shows Japan--and Asia, Charles S. Bouslog, February 1943

Box 2, Folder 4

Typescripts of Four Published Articles, 1943

Box 2, Folder 5

Manzanar From Inside Out: Nash, Roy, 1943 May 5

Box 2, Folder 6

Congressional Record, Remarks of Honorable Jeannette Rankins, 1942 December 8

Box 2, Folder 7

Three articles from the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, September 1942

Box 2, Folder 8

Japanese in Our Midst: Taylor, George E., April 1943

Box 2, Folder 9

Alien Enemy Program--So Far: Rowe, James, Summer 1942

Box 2, Folder 10

Manzanar Relocation Center: Brown, Robert L., 1942 Autumn

Box 2, Folder 11

"Japanese Evacuation: Policy and Perspectives," McWilliams, Carey, Summer 1942

Box 2, Folder 12

Summary Notes on Segregation Conference of W.R.A. Officials; A Voice That Must Be Heard (2 articles), 1943, 1942

Box 2, Folder 13

Japanese Americans Educated in Japan: The Kibei, Weekly Press Review, 1944, 1943

Box 2, Folder 14

Jap Relocation Probe Begins, 1943

Box 2, Folder 15

Colonel Kendall J. Fielder, Chief of Military Intelligence, Hawaii; Excerpts from speech given at University of Hawaii Forum, 1943

Box 2, Folder 16

Weekly Press Review, 1944 January 12

Box 2, Folder 17

Weekly Press Review, 1943

Box 2, Folder 18

Statement of Testimony of Harold H. Townsend before the House of Representatives Subcommittee of the Special Committee on Un-American Activities, Los Angeles, California, 1943 May 26

Box 2, Folder 19

Supplementary Comments by the War Relocation Authority on Newspaper Statements Allegedly Made by Representatives of the House Committee on Un-American Activities

Box 2, Folder 20

[Four documents]: Manzanar; Evacuee Resistance to Relocation; Description of a Relocation Center; Dies Bares Offer of Jap votes for Mass Settlement, 1943

Box 2, Folder 21

Weekly Press Review, 1943 July 11

Box 2, Folder 22

What Happened at Manzanar, 1943

Box 2, Folder 23

Democracy begins at Home --II, 1943-1943

Box 2, Folder 24

Treatment of Japanese in America, 1942

Box 2, Folder 25

Farewell to Little Tokyo; Larry Tajiri. Democracy and Racial Minorities. Francis Biddle, 1944

Box 2, Folder 26

Weekly Press Review, 1944 July 11

Box 2, Folder 27

Weekly Press Review, 1943 July 18

Box 2, Folder 28

"Race Tension: Second Phase," McWilliams, Carey, 1943

Box 2, Folder 29

Japanese in our Midst. Colorado Council of Churches

Box 2, Folder 30

What about Hugh Kiino? S. Burton Heath, 1943

Box 2, Folder 31

California and the Japanese: McWilliams, Carey, 1942

Box 3, Item 1

Photo - Manzanar Internment Camp, California, women in sewing shop making clothes

Box 3, Item 2

Photos - Manzanar Internment Camp, California, three men reading the LA Times outside the Office of Reports Free Press Building in the camp

Box 3, Item 3

Photo - Overview of Manzanar Internment camp, California, American flag flying in the wind

Box 3, Item 4

Photo - Manzanar Internment Camp, California, women and children in doorway of one of the living huts in the camp