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Finding Aid for the Clarence Gillett Papers, 1942-1948
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Collection consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, essays, and publicity materials generated, received and distributed by the Congregational Committee for Christian Democracy for which Clarence Gillett served as executive secretary. Includes related materials from other groups working to assist relocated Japanese Americans, including the Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service, the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, the Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play, and others.
Gillett graduated from Union Seminary and received a doctorate in education from Columbia University; he served as a missionary in Japan for 20 years, returning to the United States shortly before World War II; served as Congregational minister for a Japanese congregation in Santa Maria, California; in March 1942 he became executive secretary of a new committee set up by Congregational churches to aid Japanese members who were being relocated; the committee was originally known as Congregational Christian Committee for Work with Japanese Evacuees, then in 1943 it used the name Citizens' Committee for Resettlement, and in 1945 changed its name again to the Congregational Committee for Christian Democracy; Gillett also served as a representative on the Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service; he was active in the Los Angeles Coordinating Committee for Resettlement and the Community Relations Committee of the Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles; in 1947 he returned to missionary work in the Pacific, and Seido Ogawa took over the work of the Committee.This collection consists of the correspondence, procedural papers and publicity materials kept by Clarence Gillett during his special service as executive secretary of the Congregational Committee for Christian Democracy during and immediately after World War II.
8 boxes (4 linear ft.)
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