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Kenji Sayama letters, 1942-1944
BANC MSS 2016/138 box 1; BANC MSS 2016/138
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Kenji Sayama letters, 1942-1944
Ken Sayama letters


Sayama, Kenji, 1921-2016, creator, correspondent.


Rockwell, William Calvin, 1919-2000, correspondent.


Five typescript letters, signed by Kenji "Ken" Sayama, a young Japanese American man from California who had been forcibly relocated to Arkansas during World War II, to two of his friends from the University of California, Berkeley. Four of the letters are addressed to William "Bill" Rockwell. One letter is addressed to "Shoupie" who is also mentioned in the letters to Rockwell. Sayama reminisces about their time living together in Atherton Hall at Berkeley and describes his life in the relocation camps including his eventual acceptance into the U.S. military as an intelligence officer. Includes three of the original mailing envelopes addressed to Bill Rockwell.


1942 (issued)


n-us-ca -- n-us-ar
Sayama, Kenji -- 1921-2016 -- Correspondence
Rockwell, William Calvin -- 1919-2000 -- Correspondence
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
University of California, Berkeley.
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians
Japanese Americans -- California


Kenji Sayama letters, 1942-1944, BANC MSS 2016/138, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift of Kenneth W. Rockwell; 2016.
Related item: Oral history interview : oral history transcript / interviewee, Kenji Sayama ; interviewer, N.H. (Dan) Cheatham, February 1, 1999.
Kenji "Ken" Sayama (March 2, 1921-February 10, 2016) was a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (Class of 1942) earning his Masters degree in Zoology in 1950 and his Ph. D. in 1953. During World War II he served in the United States Army as a military intelligence officer in Japan. In 2011, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal given in honor of the "Nisei Soldiers of World War II."
William Calvin Rockwell (October 2, 1919-October 26, 2000) is best known as the creator of Oski the Bear, the official mascot of the University of California, Berkeley.
In English.

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BANC MSS 2016/138 box 1
BANC MSS 2016/138