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Herman Kleiner Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Materials
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Herman Kleiner collection
    Dates: 1942-1944
    Date: 1992
    Collection number: 96.80
    Collection Size: 2 folders
    Repository: Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Los Angeles, California 90012
    Collector: Kleiner, Herman
    Abstract: This collection contains items collected by Herman Kleiner, dating from 1942 to 1944 (and one item from 1992). The contents include mostly newspaper articles and reports, but also includes correspondence about Japanese American students. Most the items relate to Japanese Americans in or from the Pacific Northwest.
    Physical location: Japanese American National Museum. 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012.


    By appointment only. Please contact the Collections Management and Access Unit (collections@janm.org). Advanced notice is required.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management and Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (collections@janm.org).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Herman Kleiner Collection. 96.80, Japanese American National Museum. Los Angeles, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1996 as a gift of Mr. Herman Kleiner.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Claire Gordon. A finding aid was created in 2016 by Jamie Henricks.

    Biographical Note

    Herman Kleiner was born in Tacoma, Washington on August 24, 1921. His parents were Moritz “Morris” and Pauline Kleiner, who were originally from Tarnopol (a city formerly under Austrian control, then Polish, now currently in Ukraine) and Canada, respectively. Pauline was Jewish. He had two younger siblings, and the family continued to live in Washington. Herman’s parents eventually became naturalized citizens. After attending College of Puget Sound and serving in the Air Force during World War II, he went into business with his father at the Model Lumber Company in Tacoma. Model Lumber closed in 1986.
    Other information about Herman Kleiner and his family can be found in various locations, including:

    http://digitalcollections.lib.washington.edu/cdm/ref/collection/ohc/id/2300/ (an audio oral history)

    http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv54647/pdf (oral history with transcript)

    http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv25857/pdf (Herman's father's oral history)

    http://digitalassets.lib.berkeley.edu/roho/ucb/text/kleiner_morris.pdf (Herman's father's oral history transcript)

    http://www.foresthistory.org/ead/Kleiner_Leon_J.pdf (Herman's uncle’s scrapbook)

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes newspaper articles and clippings, reports, booklets, multiple issues of Poston Camp’s Press Bulletin, a few Christian publications, and correspondence to and from Herman Kleiner, from 1942 to 1944. (One college history paper from 1992 is also part of the collection.) Other printed materials include flyers and papers from the American Friends Service (the Quakers) and the Church of the Brethren farm work camp, an issue of the Nippon Times, and other items. The most detailed item in the collection is a report from the Seattle chapter of the JACL with information including the Japanese in American economic life, agriculture information, businesses owned by Japanese Americans (hotels, restaurants, fishing, lumber, etc), public opinion, problems with evacuation, and other information. Most items relate to Japanese Americans relocated during World War II or fighting in Europe, primarily in or from the Pacific Northwest.

    Related Materials

    The museum holds other collections with materials related to helping Japanese American students, including the Hugo W. Wolter papers (97.329), and others.


    Original arrangement was preserved. Materials are organized by subject.

    Indexing Terms

    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Japanese Americans--Washington (State)--History

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