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Gerda Isenberg papers, 1931-1990.
BANC MSS C-B 738 [no longer used]; BANC MSS 94/210 c v.1; BANC MSS 94/210 c v.2; BANC MSS 94/210 c Box 1; ...
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Gerda Isenberg papers, 1931-1990


Isenberg, Gerda, 1901-1997, creator


Zenzes, Gertrude.


Consist of correspondence, writings, speeches, reports, interviews, subject files, clippings, a scrapbook, photographs and ephemera. Collection includes records of the European Bookshop (1931-1936), papers of her Civil Rights activities (1941-1984), including the focus of the collection, Japanese-American relocation (1942-1951), her campaign for California State Assembly (1950), and records of the Yerba Buena Nursery (1983-1990). The Japanese-American relocation papers include correspondence and interviews of evacuees while chairmen of the Palo Alto Committee on Fair Play and American Principles, materials supporting Japanese-American involvement in the war effort, reports for the War Relocation Authority (WRA), and the American Friends Service Committee, including a report of her visit to Tule Lake, and publications of the Japanese-American Citizens League.


1931 (issued)


Isenberg, Gerda -- 1901-1997 -- Archives
Walker, John T
Ku Klux Klan (1915- ) -- California -- Redwood City
European Book Shop -- Archives
Tule Lake Relocation Center.
Japanese American Citizens' League.
United States. -- War Relocation Authority.
Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play. -- Palo Alto Chapter.
American Friends Service Committee. -- Northern California Regional Office.
Society of Friends -- California
Yerba Buena Nursery (Woodside, Calif.) -- Archives
California. -- Legislature. -- Assembly -- Elections
Bookstores -- California -- San Francisco -- History
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans -- California -- Interviews
Civil rights workers -- California
Refugees -- United States
Elections -- California
United States -- Armed Forces -- Japanese Americans


COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library (BANC PIC 1994.036--PIC)
Gerda Isenberg, born June 8, 1901 near Hamburg, Germany, came to Carmel, Calif., via Hawaii, in 1923. In the 1930's Isenberg co-owned the European Bookshop with Gertrude Zenzes, became interested in Quaker views and joined the Society of Friends, and helped to resettle European refugees. In 1941 she purchased a cattle ranch in Woodside, Calif. where she founded Yerba Buena Nursery in 1960 and where she work for the rest of her life. During World War II she visited the Tule Lake Internment Camp and after the war helped relocate the Japanese-American internees. In 1947, she was involved in the case of John T. Walker whose house in Redwood City, Calif. was burned down by the Ku Klux Klan. In 1950, Isenberg campaigned unsuccessfully for a seat in the California State Assembly. Gerda Isenberg died June 11, 1997 in San Mateo County, Calif.
Vol. 1: Some German.

Physical Description:

4 boxes, 2 v. (1.8 linear ft.)




BANC MSS C-B 738 [no longer used]
BANC MSS 94/210 c v.1
BANC MSS 94/210 c v.2
BANC MSS 94/210 c Box 1
BANC MSS 94/210 c Box 2
BANC MSS 94/210 c Box 3
BANC MSS 94/210 c Box 4
BANC MSS 94/210 c
BANC MSS 94/210 c



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COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.