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Japanese American Incarceration Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information:
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Related Material

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Collection of Material about Japanese American incarceration
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.0131
    Physical Description: 4.6 Linear Feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder)
    Date (inclusive): 1929-1956
    Date (bulk): 1942-1946
    Abstract: The collection consists of publications and press releases by the United States War Relocation Authority (WRA), in addition to yearbooks and pamphlets created by Japanese American incarcerees and advocacy groups, with an emphasis on the Manzanar and Minidoka incarceration camps.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Collection of Material about Japanese American incarceration (Collection 131). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Ralph P. Merritt, 1946. Additional items are the gift of Bradford Smith, 1952.

    Processing Information:

    The materials in Collection 131 were extracted from Collection 122, the Manzanar War Relocation Center records (formerly titled the U.S. War Relocation Authority Archive) in 1971, when that collection was arranged and described. The materials were given summary description in 1979.
    Further processing was performed by Christen Sasaki, with assistance from Laurel McPhee, in the Center for Primary Research and Training, in 2005. Items were inventoried, housed in folders, and arranged into series to enhance access to the collection. A machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé and edited by Josh Fiala, Laurel McPhee and Amy Shung-Gee Wong.
    Description updates were undertaken by Rishi Guné and Kuhelika Ghosh as part of a 2019 CFPRT Redescription Project. Euphemistic terms such as "internment" were updated to reflect preferred terminology outlined in the Power of Words Handbook from the Japanese American Citizens League.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4232768 

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of materials from the United States War Relocation Authority related to Japanese Americans and forced removal. Included are various War Authority publications and pamphlets; The Minidoka irrigator, a weekly newspaper published at the Minidoka Relocation Center (Hunt, Idaho); camp newsletters from Puyallup Assembly Center (unofficially called Camp Harmony); and miscellaneous publications related to the Manzanar inconcentration camp in Owens Valley, CA. In addition are yearbooks and pamphlets created by Japanese American incarcerees and advocacy groups, such as the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), with an emphasis on the Manzanar and Minidoka incarceration camps; and speeches, clippings of published articles, and Master's theses. The collection also includes a recording of The Exile's Return, a production of CBS-KNX News (1956) and several reproduced sketches by artist Mine Okubo.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. War Relocation Authority (WRA), 1942-1946
    2. Incarceration camps, 1942-1945
    3. Miscellaneous, 1929-1956.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS UNPROCESSED AUDIO MATERIALS: Materials will require assessment and may need further processing for safe access All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Related Material

    Manzanar War Relocation Center records (Collection 122).   Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
    Japanese American Research Project collection of material about Japanese in the United States (Collection 2010).   Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    Concentration camps -- United States
    Concentration camp inmates' writings
    United States--War Relocation Authority.