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Register of the Harold S. Jacoby Nisei Collection, 1942-46
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The collection includes WRA reports and other printed materials, periodical articles both by Japanese Americans and by others, field notes, internment camp newspapers and highschool yearbooks, clippings, and ephemera relating to the Japanese-American relocation. It contains materials pertaining to nearly all of the ten internment camps, but is strongest in materials from Granada (Colorado) and from Tule Lake. The collection is arranged chronologically with items boxed together according to type: Boxes 1-2: War Relocation Authority publications; Box 3: Other US government agency publications; Box 4: Japanese-American community publications; Box 5: The national press; and, Box 6: Correspondence, unpublished writings and ephemera.
Dr. Harold Jacoby was a Professor of Sociology and Dean of the College of the Pacific (1933-1969). Jacoby was also a member of the staff of the Tule Lake Relocation Center in California (1942), the Japanese-American Resettlement Program in Chicago (1943), and the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Program in the Middle East (1944). Early in World War II Harold Jacoby was employed by the War Relocation Authority (WRA), which had responsibility for the relocation of Japanese-Americans. He was in charge of security at Tule Lake internment camp during the first year of its existence. In mid-1943, those internees who refused to sign a U.S. Loyalty Oath were removed from other camps and segregated in the camp at Tule Lake. At this time, Jacoby left Tule Lake for Chicago where he worked with the Japanese-American Resettlement Program assisting Japanese Americans seeking to leave the camps to find employment. Jacoby has published a memoir of the period: Tule Lake: From Relocation to Segregation (1997).
Collection is open for research.