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Jerome Relocation Center Collection

Papers and Pamphlets, 1942-1946

Manuscript Collection 629





INFORMATION ABOUT THE JEROME RELOCATION CENTER COLLECTION

During World War II, the United States Government began a massive effort to remove Japanese-Americans from the West Coast and other areas near the Pacific, to relocation camps across the country.  The Jerome relocation center was one of two Japanese internment camps built in southeast Arkansas.  Located in Chicot County, Jerome began housing inmates who arrived by truck or train from the West Coast beginning in 1942.  The War Relocation Authority (WRA) in Washington was in charge of the relocation program and appointed regional and local attorneys to help supervise the internment procedures.


INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLLECTION

This collection contains correspondence and memoranda from the WRA's Solicitor in Washington, Phillip M. Glick, to the regional and project attorneys.  Several letters and memoranda refer to Robert Leflar, who acted as Assistant Solicitor and legal consultant until he accepted the Dean of Law position at the University of Arkansas.  Other papers include censuses of Japanese-Americans arriving at both Jerome and Rohwer (Desha County) camps, legal proceedings against a California State Personnel employee, a charter and report from the Minidoka camp residents in Hunt, Idaho, and pamphlets.

The Jerome Relocation Center Collection was purchased by Special Collections from South by Southwest in April, 1984.

Click here to go to Short Guide: Japanese Americans Interned in Arkansas.
Prepared by Susan Lynn Parks, Special Collections Division, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville, Arkansas, in February 1988.


CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION (144 items)

Box 1

 1. Correspondence; Sept 14, 1942-May 29, 1943.
 2. Correspondence; June 3, 1943-Dec 22, 1943.
 3. Correspondence; Jan 10-June 19, 1944.
 4. Legal proceedings, reports and charters, 1944-1945.
 5. Census records, 1944.
 6. Pamphlets and reports, 1944-1946.


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