The collections consists of surplus copies of the U.S. War Relocation Authority agency documents, including publications,
staff papers, reports, correspondences, press releases, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks and a few photographs. Included is
the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, University of California, Berkeley, 1942-1946, containing evacuee
diaries and letters and staff correspondence, reports and studies.
On February 19, 1942, two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order
9066, leading to the assembly, evacuation and relocation of over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. From
March 1942-1946 the U.S War Relocation Authority (WRA) had jurisdiction over those evacuated from their homes in California,
Oregon, Washington and southern Arizona. During its existence from March 1942 to 1946, the WRA controlled the administration
of the relocation centers, administered an extensive resettlement program, and oversaw the details of the registration and
segregation programs.To study the effects of mass incarceration of Japanese Americans, in 1942, sociologist professor Dorothy Swaine Thomas at
University of California, Berkeley, organized the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). The Study recruited
and placed UC Berkeley professors and Nisei social science students into selected WRA sites: assembly centers, camps and resettlement
communities. JERS ran until the end of the World War II.
250.5 linear feet
(335 boxes, 84 cartons, 41 oversize volumes (folios), 7 oversize folders, 2 oversize boxes; 380 microfilm reels; 5,660 digital
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