Bancroft Collections on Online Archive of California

The Online Archive of California hosts descriptions for all archival collections in the Bancroft Library. These descriptions are represented as full finding aid guides (inventories of large archival collections) or brief records. The collections linked below have been digitized in part or in total in the course of the National Park Service funded Voices in Confinement project.

Loading Tule Lake-bound evacuees from Granada Relocation Center.--Photographer: McClelland, Joe--Amache, Colorado. 9/16/43

Image caption: Loading Tule Lake-bound evacuees from Granada Relocation Center.
Photographer: McClelland, Joe --Amache, Colorado. 9/16/43

Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records, 1930–1974 (bulk 1942–1946).

(only selections digitized)
A vast collection which contains both the records of the War Relocation Authority, the United States Government agency created to assume jurisdiction over the Japanese and Japanese Americans removed from the West Coast Exclusion Area, and the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, carried out at UC Berkeley with the intent of monitoring sociological, political, economic, and legal dimensions of the relocation program.
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Yoshiko Uchida papers, 1903–1994 (bulk 1942–1992).

(only selections digitized)
The Yoshiko Uchida Papers, consist of correspondence, writings, and professional files, along with a small amount of personal and family papers, predominantly from the years 1942 to 1992. The collection provides valuable primary historical information about the Japanese American experience during World War II. These include correspondence written by members of the Uchida family during their internment, scrapbooks, diaries, drawings and watercolors, and publications regarding internment. The documents selected from the collection reflect many of the experiences of the Uchida family and include perspectives from Yoshiko Uchida, her father Dwight Uchida, and others, and include Yoshiko Uchida's watercolor drawings of Topaz and Tanforan, family and other personal correspondence, diaries and scrapbooks.
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Yoshiko Uchida photograph collection.

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This collection of over 250 photographic prints relates to the life and work of author Yoshiko Uchida and her family. They illustrate the lives of a Japanese American family before Relocation, during Relocation, and after that experience, reflecting the contributions of the Uchida family to various business and professional activities in the United States, as well as the personal life of a family that was very much a part of the American communities in which they lived. There are many pictures of the relatives in Japan, family in the United States, images of neighborhoods, schools, and church related activities. Some photographs show Tanforan and Topaz Japanese Relocation centers. The photographs also relate to Uchida's career as a writer and include publicity photos, group portraits, etc.
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War Relocation Authority photographs: Japanese American evacuation and resettlement.

The photographic collection of the WRA contains approximately 7000 photographs covering pre-evacuation, evacuation, assembly centers, relocation, life in the "relocation centers," segregation, and the resettlement program. As the official documentation of the WRA, the photographs reflect the point of view that the WRA wanted to present to the citizens of the United States during World War II. The photographs, presumably created for public exhibition, and the captions accompanying them written by WRA staff, present an idealistic view of the relocation centers which clashes greatly with the harsh realities detailed by many survivors and historians in the decades following the interment. The images document day-to-day life and activities in individual relocation centers in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Arkansas as captured by WRA photographers and pre-evacuation activities in California only including assembly centers in California and resettlement activities, primarily in California cities. Among the WRA photographers is Dorothea Lange. There are 691 photographs by Lange in the collection, 209 of the Manzanar Relocation Center (Series 8), and 482 of pre-evacuation activities in California cities (Series 14). Other WRA photographers include Francis Stewart, Hikaru Iwasaki, Joe McClelland, Tom Parker, Charles E. Mace, Gretchen Van Tassel, and others.
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Robert Walker Kenny Papers, 1920–1947.

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Kenny was California Attorney General from 1942 to 1946, covering the time of Japanese American Internment. A small selection of materials from his papers reflect the opinions of Californians and the California state government on Internment.
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View items on Calisphere: BANC MSS C-B 510

Collection of maps on the pre-evacuation locations of Japanese Americans in California /prepared under the direction of Earl Warren, State Attorney General, 1942.

Includes property holdings in various California cities and counties belonging to persons of Japanese ancestry.
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Rosalie H. Wax Papers, 1943–1990.

The field notes and related materials, including correspondence, from Wax’s time as a researcher at Tule Lake Relocation Center for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study.
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Photographs of the Japanese American evacuation from Berkeley, Calif.

Small collection of photographs showing Japanese­Americans waiting with luggage for transportation, people on busses, and similar scenes.
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Activities and entertainment at Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

Small collection of photos showing a theatrical folklore performance (in costume), dancing, wrestling, games, working in the fields, a general view of the Japanese relocation center, outdoor scenes, etc.
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Ralph W. Hollenberg collection of materials relating to the Farm Security Administration, Region IX, 1924–1949 (bulk 1938–1945).

(only selections digitized)
Hollenberg was acting director of the Farm Security Administration from 1939 to 1941, and this collection contains some materials on Japanese American Internment which happened shortly afterwards, and which concerned Japanese Americans on agricultural land.
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View items on Calisphere: BANC MSS C-R 1

Harry Lees Kingman papers (1921–1975).

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Kingman helped numerous Nisei students relocate from Internment Camps to attend school in the Midwest and East. Sections of his papers reflect this work.
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View items on Calisphere: BANC MSS 76/173 c

Wayne M. Collins papers, 1918–1974 (bulk 1945–1960).

Collins was the primary legal counsel for the Tule Lake Defense Committee, which aided and advised prisoners who had been classified as “alien enemies” at Tule Lake Relocation Center.
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Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play records, 1940–1951.

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The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play was organized in 1943 to attempt to insure the constitutional rights of person of Japanese ancestry interned during World War II.
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