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Scope and Content
Collection Title: Rosalie H. Wax Papers
Date (inclusive): 1943-1990
Collection Number: BANC MSS 83/115 c
Wax, Rosalie H.
Number of containers: 10 boxes
Linear feet: 4.2
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Abstract: Consists chiefly of a 1981-1982 revision of her Tule Lake field notes, written for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement
Study in 1944-1945, while Wax was at the Relocation Center near Newell, Calif. The revision, funded by a grant from the Rockefeller
Foundation, includes a first and final draft, plus interviews conducted in 1981-1982 with former internees at Tule Lake, and
longitudinal oral histories (Wax's term) created from the field notes and interviews. Additional material includes drafts
of an unpublished book, articles and papers based on the revision, correspondence regarding the revision, and miscellaneous
writings by internees and other researchers regarding the internment.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in
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[Identification of item], Rosalie H. Wax Papers, BANC MSS 83/115 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Tule Lake Relocation Center
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
The Rosalie H. Wax Papers were given to The Bancroft Library by Rosalie Hankey Wax on March 3, 1983. Additions were made by
Murray L. Wax on Feb. 7, 1995.
Funding for processing provided by Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), Title III: Networking, Preservation and Statewide
Resource-sharing grant for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records Project, 1994-1996. Funding for digitization
was provided by the National Park Service through the Japanese American Confinement Sites grant program in 2017.
This project was funded, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Japanese American
Confinement Sites Grant Program. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are
those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Scope and Content
The Rosalie H. Wax Papers are built around a 1981-1982 revision, funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, of her Tule Lake field
notes, written for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study in 1944-1945. The collection contains a final and
first draft of the revised field notes, plus interviews conducted in 1981-1982 with former internees at Tule Lake, and longitudinal
oral histories (Wax's term) created from the field notes and interviews. Additional material includes drafts of an unpublished
book, articles, and papers based on the revision, correspondence regarding the revision, and miscellaneous writings by internees
and other researchers regarding the internment.
Rosalie Hankey Wax, Professor of Anthropology and Education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, from 1973 to
1981, was a staff researcher for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS) at the University of California,
Berkeley, from 1943-1945. In June 1943, JERS sent Wax (then Rosalie Hankey) to the Gila Relocation Center at Rivers, Arizona.
She was transferred to the Tule Lake Relocation Center near Newell, California, in February 1944 where she spent the next
fifteen months. Wax's book, "Doing Fieldwork: Warnings and Advice", published in 1971, uses her experience at Gila and Tule
Lake to develop and illustrate her approach to anthropological fieldwork.
Copies of Wax's original field notes and other reports for JERS are included with the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement
Records(BANC MSS 67/14 c)