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Guide to the Tule Lake Relocation Center, 1942-1945
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Personal papers of internees: alien registration i.d.s, housing assignments, work assignments, clothing allowance receipts, recreation passes, co-op memberships, travel permits.
The Tule Lake project, beginning in May 1942, was the second Japanese Relocation 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 by the administration. This power of "self-government" was contained by centralized War Relocation Authority. Social and athletic activities boosted morale, especially during the first year.
Please credit California State Library.