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Guide to the Japanese-American Internment Camp Church Bulletins and Newsletters Collection
GTU 94-9-02  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Restrictions
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Japanese-American Internment Camp Church Bulletins and Newsletters collection
    Dates: 1942-1945
    Collection number: GTU 94-9-02
    Collector: Pacific School of Religion
    Collection Size: 5 boxes

    1.5 linear ft.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: This collection contains mimeographed church worship bulletins and newsletters from various Japanese-American Internment Camps during World War II.
    Physical location: 2/A/2, 2/D/4
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.


    The material is very fragile. Photocopies are available for use and photocopying. Originals may be used by special permission.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union 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.

    Preferred Citation

    Japanese-American Internment Camp Church Bulletins and Newsletters collection, GTU 94-9-02. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Pacific School of Religion, 1994.


    Revised, 12/2002.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The worship bulletins and newsletters in this collection were mailed to the Pacific School of Religion Library in Berkeley, California (J. Stillson Judah, Librarian) from seven of the ten WWII relocation centers, commonly referred to as internment camps. The library must have been on the camps' mailing lists. In the Library, the materials were put into pamphlet boxes but never cataloged. It is not clear that all material sent from the camps was retained. This collection may be only a portion of what was received.
    Some worship bulletins were also the church newsletter. These will have the weekly order of worship for the Sunday church service as well as articles, announcements, notices of baptisms, marriages, deaths, and other items of interest for the church members. Several church bulletins and newsletters have a section reprinting parts or all of letters received from members who had left the camps for school, jobs, or to serve in the armed forces. The Minidoka Churchman (Boxes 1 and 3) contains particularly complete letters.
    The bulletins and newsletters were printed on both letter and legal size paper. Therefore, material from the same camps might be found in the letter size Boxes 1-2 as well as in the legal size Boxes 3-5. Check both box sizes for materials from the same camp.
    Please note: The material is fragile. Photocopies are available for use and photocopying. Originals may be used by special permission.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and Relocation, 1942-45--History--Sources
    Japanese Americans--Religious life
    Concentration camps--United States--History--Sources
    Concentration camps--Religious aspects
    Granada Relocation Center (Amache, Colo.)
    Granada Christian Church (Amache, Colo.)
    Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
    Heart Mountain Community Christian Church (Wyo.)
    Jerome Relocation Center (Denson, Ark.)
    Jerome Relocation Center Community Christian Church (Denson, Ark.)
    Minidoka Relocation Center (Idaho)
    Church of the Holy Apostles (Hunt, Idaho)
    Poston Relocation Center (Poston, Ariz.)
    Third Christian Church of Poston (Poston, Ariz.)
    Rohwer Relocation Center (McGehee, Ark.)
    Rohwer Federated Christian Church (McGehee, Ark.)
    Central Utah Relocation Center

    Related Material

    BACKGROUND READING: Lester E. Suzuki, Ministry in the Assembly and Relocation Centers of World War II (Berkeley, Calif.: Yardbird Co., 1979). GTU Library call number BR563.J35 S89

    Related Collections

    "The J. Stillson Judah: Japanese Camp Books Collection, 1942-46", GTU 2001-3-01. Records from a project where seminaries lent religion and theology books for internment camp church ministers and members to use. The project was coordinated by the Librarian at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, Calif.
    "The Gordon K. Chapman: Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service Collection, 1942-47", GTU 2002-9-01. Records of a cooperative project for the Protestant denominations in California to coordinate needed programs and services in the internment camps. Gordon Chapman was the Executive Secretary.