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Guide to the Japanese Relocation Center, Tule Lake Collection, 1942-1943
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Japanese Relocation Center, Tule Lake Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1943
    Box Number: 878
    Repository: California State Library
    Sacramento, California
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information



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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Japanese Relocation Center, Tule Lake Collection, California State Library.

    Access Points

    World War, 1939-1945--California
    Concentration camps--California
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Tule Lake Relocation Center (Calif.)


    Papers and records arranged in the following subject areas: Age distribution, Athletic teams, Buddhist Reverends and Christian Minister lists, Community Activities Directory, Educational Personnel, Enlistee classification list, equipment list, High school enrollment, project chart, recreational activities list, Rules and Regulations, War Relocation Authority Personnel List, Ward Councilmen List.


    The Tule Lake Relocation Center, beginning in May 1942, was the second such center in California. Housing between 14,000 and 15,000 evacuees, Tule Lake was comprised of 7 wards each of which was divided into 9 blocks, with blocks being the basic unit of the project. For each block, an evacuee was selected as manager to look after the welfare of the block residents. However, this power of "self government" was contained by a highly centralized War Relocation Authority. Social and athletic activities were arranged to boost morale, especially during the first year.