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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: War Relocation Authority records,
    Date (inclusive): 1919-1994
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1942-1946)
    Collection number: H1944.1
    Collector: McWilliams, Carey, 1905-
    Extent: 38 boxes (18.5 linear ft.) and 27 volumes
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library.
    Claremont, CA 91711
    Abstract: The collection contains material used by Carey McWilliams in writing the book, Prejudice: Japanese Americans, symbol of racial intolerance (Little, Brown, 1944). It includes U.S. War Relocation Authority records, confidential reports, bibliographies, clippings and compilations of articles, legal papers, correspondence between McWilliams and Japanese American evacuees, relocation camp newspapers and other publications, two copies of his book, and five copies of the 1994 videocassette (40 min.), Something Strong Within.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], War Relocation Authority records, 1919-1994 (bulk 1942-1946) . Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library, Claremont University Consortium.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased in 1944.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Carey McWilliams, editor of The Nation for 20 years, wrote several books dealing with social injustice and discrimination, such as Factories in the Field, Ill Fares the Land, and Brothers Under the Skin. He was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in 1905, received a law degree from the University of Southern California in 1927, and published his first book, a biography of Ambrose Bierce, in 1929. He was a labor lawyer in Los Angeles, and was appointed California Commissioner of Immigration and Housing in 1939. Before he died in 1980, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Claremont Graduate School.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    United States. War Relocation Authority -- Archives
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- United States
    Japanese Americans -- Archives
    Japanese Americans -- California -- Archives
    McWilliams, Carey, 1905-

    Other Index Terms Related to this Collection

    United States. War Relocation Authority