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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Anne Loftis papers
    Date (inclusive): 1941-1976
    Collection number: 71032
    Creator: Loftis, Anne, 1922-
    Extent: 8 manuscript boxes, 3 phonotape reels (3.5 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, research notes, printed matter, and phonotape reels, relating to the evacuation and relocation of Japanese-Americans, 1942-1945. Includes oral history interviews of immigrants to California.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Anne Loftis papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information



    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical Note

    1922 Feb. 8 Born, New York, New York
    1944 B. A., English, Smith College
    1969 Author, The Great Betrayal: The Evacuation of the Japanese-Americans during World War II (with Audrie Girdner)
    1973 Author, California: Where the Twain Did Meet
    1977 Author, A Long Time Coming: The Struggle to Unionize America's Farm Workers (with Dick Meister)
    1980 Author, John Steinbeck and Farm Labor Unionization: The Background of "In Dubious Battle" (with Jackson J. Benson)
    1998 Author, Witnesses to the Struggle: Imaging the 1930s California Labor Movement

    Scope and Content Note

    The bulk of these papers are research materials compiled for the book Anne Loftis co-authored with Audrie Girdner in 1969, The Great Betrayal: The Evacuation of the Japanese-Americans during World War II. The collection includes correspondence, printed material, research notes, and phonotape reels. The papers document the evacuation and relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, military service performed by Japanese Americans, and postwar efforts for restitution and civil rights for Japanese Americans. Also included are oral history interviews about immigrants to California and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire.
    The Notes series consists primarily of brief excerpts used to write The Great Betrayal. Occasionally chapter numbers are included in the folder title, but these numbers are sometimes misleading; chapter numbers written on the excerpts are probably more accurate. The bulk of the material appears to relate to Chapter One, "Crisis"; Four, "The Great Rejection"; and Five, "Evacuation". Abbreviations used by Loftis include JACL (Japanese American Citizens League), WCCA (Wartime Civil Control Administration), and WRA (War Relocation Authority).
    While the Notes series is chiefly brief excerpts, the Sources and Research Materials series contains documents in their entirety. Included are clippings, government documents, notes of interviews of Japanese Americans and others who were involved in the evacuation and relocation in some way, notes from the diary and letters of Helen Kitaji, and general background material collected in the course of researching and writing The Great Betrayal. In most instances in both this series and the Notes series, the original titles of folders have been retained.
    The bulk of the Newspapers series contains selected issues of the Pacific Citizen, the membership publication of the JACL, and a few issues of Gidra, a news magazine of the Asian American Community published in Los Angeles, which contain material concerning the history and activities of Japanese Americans. Also included are random issues of miscellaneous newspapers, including some in Spanish, that do not appear to relate to The Great Betrayal. The newspapers were typically retained in their entirety, but a few are annotated or have holes where articles were clipped.
    The Phonotapes comprise five oral history interviews about the experience of immigrants in California and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire. Individuals interviewed are (1) Dr. and Mrs. C. H. Loehlin, observers of immigrants from India; (2) Mrs. Walter Sharp and Mrs. Harris' mother, on the San Francisco earthquake; (3) Khatchik Minasian, cousin of William Saroyan, on immigrants from Armenia; (4) Carlton A. Sheffield, a friend of John Steinbeck and an observer of a variety of immigrants and Dust Bowl migrants in Marysville in the 1930s; and (5) Peter Jamero, son of immigrants from the Philippines. These interviews and the Newspapers series may be related to Loftis' second book, California: Where the Twain Did Meet, which concerns immigrant groups in the state.
    Papers compiled by Anne Loftis for the book that she co-authored with Dick Meister, A Long Time Coming, are housed at the Stanford University Archives (Collection Number M0306).
    The Hoover Institution Archives acquired the Anne Loftis Papers in 1971.

    Indexing Terms

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


    World War, 1939-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.
    United States.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.

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