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The War Relocation Authority & the Incarceration of Japanese-Americans During World War II

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Assimilation of second generation of Japanese-Americans
Attitudes of Evacuees about the Relocation Centers
Property claims against the United States by Evacuees
Public attitudes about people of Japanese descent and about the Relocation
Removing people of Japanese descent from the Pacific Coast
Reports of the Director of the War Relocation Authority, 1945-1946
Resettling Evacuees
Senate hearings on the War Relocation Authority, January 1943
Setting up and administering the Relocation Centers
Speeches and messages of Dillon S. Myer, Director of the War Relocation

Assimilation of second generation of Japanese-Americans

Memorandum, Nisei Assimilation, July 21, 1943. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       July 21, 1943    View (8 pages)

Attitudes of Evacuees about the Relocation Centers

Letter, John Kitasako to Dillon S. Myer, April 20, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       April 20, 1943    View (1 page)

Report, Army and Leave Clearance Registration at War Relocation Centers, June 1943. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       ca. June, 1943    View (79 pages)

Property claims against the United States by Evacuees

Letter, J. A. Krug, Secretary of the Interior, to Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House of Representatives, April 24, 1946; with attachment, draft of a bill to create an Evacuation Claims Commission. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       April 24, 1946    View (8 pages)

Public attitudes about people of Japanese descent and about the Relocation

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Ward, April 28, 1942; with attachment, Mr. and Mrs. Winfield Ward to Harry S. Truman, April 20, 1942. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       April 20, 1942    View (3 pages)

Letter, Harry S. Truman to W. A. Watts, April 28, 1942; with attachment, Harry S. Truman to W. A. Watts, April 22, 1942; and W. A. Watts to Harry S. Truman, April 14, 1942. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       April 28, 1942    View (3 pages)

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Clyde H. Porter, April 7, 1943; with attachment, Clyde H. Porter to Harry S. Truman, March 31, 1943. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       April 7, 1943    View (2 pages)

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Mrs. L. H. Shipman, March 3, 1944; with attachment, Dillon S. Myer to Harry S. Truman, February 11, 1944. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       March 3, 1944    View (6 pages)

Cross Reference for letter, John R. Lechner to Harry S. Truman, May 3 1945. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official File.
       May 3, 1945    View (1 page)

Removing people of Japanese descent from the Pacific Coast

Memorandum, Director [Dillon S. Myer] to the Secretary [of the Interior], [April 29, 1944]. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       April 29, 1944    View (5 pages)

Reports of the Director of the War Relocation Authority, 1945-1946

Report: Second Quarterly Report, July 1 to September 30, 1942, War Relocation Authority, not dated, c. late 1942. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       ca. 1942    View (82 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the Undersecretary of the Interior, March 8, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 8, 1944    View (2 pages)

Report, Annual Report of the Director of the War Relocation Authority, to the Secretary of the Interior, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1945, not dated, c. July 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 14, 1945    View (17 pages)

Report, WRA [War Relocation Authority], A story of Human Conservation, not dated, c. late 1946. The final report of WRA director Dillon S. Myer. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Official File.
       ca. 1946    View (196 pages)

Resettling Evacuees

Letter, Dillon S. Myer to the Secretary of War, March 11, 1943; with attachment, Secretary of War to Dillon S. Myer, May 10, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 11, 1943    View (15 pages)

Letter, Harry S. Truman to Edward V. Long, March 23, 1943; with attachment, Dillon S. Myer to Harry S. Truman, March 22, 1943; and William M. Boyle to Edward V. Long, February 22, 1943. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       March 23, 1943    View (3 pages)

Letter, John M. Hall to Dillon S. Myer, November 19, 1943; with attachment, Excerpts from Confidential Letter from General Emmons to Mr. McCloy, Dated 10 November 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       November 19, 1943    View (3 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the Secretary of the Interior, March 6, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 6, 1944    View (4 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the Secretary of the Interior, March 9, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 9, 1944    View (2 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the Secretary of the Interior, May 10, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       May 10, 1944    View (3 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the Under Secretary of the Interior, June 2, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       June 2, 1944    View (2 pages)

News release, Forty-five American soldiers..., September 7, 1944. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       September 7, 1944    View (2 pages)

News release, More than 400 Japanese Americans..., September 8, 1944. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       September 8, 1944    View (1 page)

Memorandum, Minutes of Meeting in Office of the Director, War Relocation Authority, 9 A. M., November 15, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       November 15, 1944    View (5 pages)

Memorandum, Notes on Meeting in Mr. Wechsler's Office, Department of Justice, 2:30 P. M., November 20, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       November 20, 1944    View (6 pages)

Memorandum, A Message from the Director of the War Relocation Authority [to evacuees resident in relocation centers], not dated, c. January 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. January, 1945    View (8 pages)

Letter, Dillon S. Myer to S. Hideshima, July 14, 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 14, 1945    View (4 pages)

Memorandum, To Members of Congress from the Three West Coast States, not dated, c. 1946. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. 1946    View (2 pages)

Senate hearings on the War Relocation Authority, January 1943

Senate Document, War Relocation Centers: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Military Affairs, United States Senate..., 1943, documenting hearings that occurred on January 20, 27, and 28, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       January 20, 1943    View (129 pages)

Setting up and administering the Relocation Centers

Memorandum, Milton. S. Eisenhower to Members of Congress, April 20, 1942; forwarding Informal Report of the War Relocation Authority. Papers of Harry S. Truman: Papers as U. S. Senator and Vice President of the United States.
       April 20, 1942    View (5 pages)

Memorandum, J. A. Ulio to the Provost Marshall General and the Director, Special Service Division, S. O. S., January 20, 1943. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       January 20, 1943    View (3 pages)

Report, Japanese-Americans in Relocation Centers, March 1943. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       ca. March, 1943    View (4 pages)

News release, statement by Dillon S. Myer, May 14, 1943. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       May 14, 1943    View (6 pages)

Memorandum, Philleo Nash to Herbert Little, March 20, 1944; with attachment, Japanese-Organized Broadcasts, February 28, 1944. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       March 20, 1944    View (3 pages)

News release, Plans of the War Relocation Authority to reopen the Leupp Center..., April 26, 1944. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       April 26, 1944    View (1 page)

News release, Transfer of 26 Japanese aliens..., July 9, 1944. Papers of Philleo Nash.
       July 9, 1944    View (1 page)

Report, Relation with Other Government Agencies, Federal, State and Local, by Dillon S. Myer, not dated, c. 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. 1945    View (8 pages)

Speeches and messages of Dillon S. Myer, Director of the War Relocation

News release: Work of the War Relocation Authority, An Anniversary Statement by Dillon S. Myer, March 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. March, 1943    View (6 pages)

Transcript, press conference of Dillon S. Myer, Washington, DC, May 14, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       May 13, 1943    View (61 pages)

Speech: Remarks of Dillon S. Myer, Director, War Relocation Authority, March of Time, June 24, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       June 24, 1943    View (1 page)

Speech, Constitutional Principles Involved in the Relocation Program, statement by Dillon S. Myer before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, July 7, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 7, 1943    View (3 pages)

Speech, Evidences of Americanism Among Japanese-Americans, statement by Dillon S. Myer before a subcommittee of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, July 7, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 7, 1943    View (1 page)

Speech by Dillon S. Myer over the National Broadcasting Company network, July 15, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 15, 1943    View (5 pages)

Speech, The Truth About Relocation, by Dillon S. Myer to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, August 6, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       August 6, 1943    View (13 pages)

Speech, Obligations of Our Heritage, by Dillon S. Myer to the Rotary Club of Lawrence, Kansas, October 18, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       October 18, 1943    View (7 pages)

Speech transcript, The Relocation Program, by Dillon S. Myer to a meeting of State Commanders and State Adjutants of the American Legion in Indianapolis, Indiana, November 16, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       November 16, 1943    View (10 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer to the staff of the War Relocation Authority, A Message for Christmas and the New Year, December 21, 1943. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       December 21, 1943    View (3 pages)

Speech, The Facts About the War Relocation Authority, by Dillon S. Myer, to a meeting of the Los Angeles, California Town Hall, January 21, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       January 21, 1944    View (11 pages)

Speech, Relocation Problems and Policies, by Dillon S. Myer to the Tuesday Evening Club, Pasadena, California, March 14, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 14, 1944    View (12 pages)

Speech, One Thousandth of the Nation, by Dillon S. Myer to a joint meeting of the civic organizations in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 23, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       March 23, 1944    View (8 pages)

Speech, Racism and Reason, by Dillon S. Myer to an interfaith meeting sponsored by the Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play, Los Angeles, California, October 2, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       October 2, 1944    View (10 pages)

Speech, A Tenth of a Million People, by Dillon S. Myer to the Des Moines Adult Education Forum, Des Moines, Iowa, October 26, 1944. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       October 26, 1944    View (10 pages)

Speech, Relocation: The Final Chapter, by Dillon S. Myer, not dated, c. 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. 1945    View (11 pages)

Memorandum, West Coast Speech Excerpts (January 1945). Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. January, 1945    View (4 pages)

Speech, Mass Meeting of the Residents with Mr. Dillon S. Myer... in Minidoka Project Gymnasium, by Dillon S. Myer, February 19, 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       February 19, 1945    View (7 pages)

Hearing transcript, statement and testimony of Dillon S. Myer before a subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives, April 30, 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       April 30, 1945    View (26 pages)

Speech, Problems of Evacuee Resettlement in California, by Dillon S. Myer, Eagle Rock, California, June 19, 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       June 19, 1945    View (24 pages)

Memorandum, Dillon S. Myer, A Message to American Soldiers of Japanese Ancestry, August 1945. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. August, 1945    View (5 pages)

Statement of D. S. Myer before a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee Regarding H. R. 5004, that would amend the Nationality Act of 1940 to grant the privilege of naturalization to all immigrants having a legal right to permanent residence, not dated, after 1946. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. 1947    View (6 pages)

Statement of Dillon S. Myer in Support of H. R. 199 Before a Special Committee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, July 19, 1949. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       July 19, 1949    View (7 pages)

Speech of Dillon S. Myer, to be delivered July 27, 1962, Pioneer Banquet, 17th Biennial National Convention, Japanese American Citizens League..., Seattle, Washington. Papers of Dillon S. Myer.
       ca. 1962    View (13 pages)