Scope and Content
Title: McFarling (J. Ralph) Collection
Collection Number: Consult repository.
McFarling, J. Ralph (Joseph Ralph)
[0.5 linear ft]
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collection
University Library, Room 5039
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, California 90747
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Abstract: This collection contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling, a Community Analyst
for the War Relocation Authority, documenting the Amache Concentration Camp in Granada,
Colorado where Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II.
Language: Collection material is in English
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives
and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical
materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Title of item], J. RALPH MCFARLING COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University
Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills
The materials were donated by Eileen Neill to the California State University Archives at California State
University, Dominguez Hills in 2011.
Collection processed by Gregory Williams and Michele McKinnon Fricke, 2011.
Joseph Ralph McFarling was a Community Analyst for the War Relocation Authority at
Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado during the war. He was born in Rock Port,
Missouri on May 11, 1901 attending the Univeristy of Missouri, Methodist College in Cameron,
the University of Chicago, Moody Bible Institute and University of Denver. He was the deputy Postmaster in Rock Port.
Later, he worked at
the boy’s reformatory in Jefferson City and a welfare worker for Atchison County. After the
war, he was transferred to Seattle, Washington to help establish communities for relocated
Japanese-Americans. He died in Seattle on October 9, 1977. While at Granada Relocation Center,
he reported to John H. Provinse and Edward Spicer, two noted anthropologists.
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling documenting the Amache
Concentration Camp in Granada, Colorado where Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World
War II. It contains a ten page typescript memoir entitled
The Day the Ban was Lifted by
McFarling describing conditions in the camp, weekly reports written by McFarling to the War
Relocation Administration, namely his supervisors John H. Provinse
and Ned (Edward H.) Spicer (1944-1945), memos and other data relating to camp
management, letters from former prisoners who discuss their resettlement
throughout the United States, a “resettlement” handbook and guides to the Amache camp published at the camp.
There is also a Smithsonian pamphlet entitled
The Japanese published in 1943, a pamphlet
The Displaced Japanese-Americans published by the American Council on Public Affairs
and a pamphlet entitled
Japan by the editors of Fortune Magazine, 1944. Other materials include
four camp photographs and three watercolor paintings of concentration camp barracks and their
desert surroundings by Hajime Takata.
Materials are arranged in chronological order.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
McFarling, Joseph Ralph
Provinse, John H. (John Henry), 1897-1965
Spicer, Edward H. (Edward Holland), 1906-1983
United States. War Relocation Authority
Granada Relocation Center—Amache (Colo.)