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War Relocation Authority (WRA)

Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 8

The War Relocation Authority's shift in policy: attempt to resettle Japanese Americans outside of camp

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a ...


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Letter from Willard E. Schmidt, National Chief of Internal Security, to R. B. Cozzens, Field Assistant Director, War Relocation Authority, November 22, 1943

Contains recommendations for future planning and functions of the Internal Security Section of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, including for a segregation area for "bachelor Kibei and recalcitrants" and detailing needs for personnel, equipment, and security procedures; letter calls for the camp to be considered "maximum type" given that it ...
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Letter from W. [Willard] E. Schmidt, Head, Internal Security to John H. Provinse, Head, Community Management, War Relocation Authority, January 13, 1943

Summary of events in connection with Internal Security Division of the Tule Lake incarceration camp, including description of personnel and recruitment efforts; a vote of incarcerees to return to work; decisions about the function of wardens and who would select members of the Warden Division; and matters concerning case report ...
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Memo from [Willard E.] Schmidt, Chief of Administrative Police, to [Raymond R.] Best, [1944]

Regards arming the Administrative Police Section, including reasons for using the sawed-off shotgun vs. the 45 automatic pistol for security purposes, and the potential for escalation of tensions in a "divided camp (anti and pro, status quo)." See also the related typewritten memo, Memorandum from Willard [E.] Schmidt, Chief, Administrative ...
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Letter from children of Kihichi Sakamoto to Project Director [Raymond R. Best], February 14, 1944

Letter from three of his children, Tatsuo, Manabu, and Osamu Sakamoto, requests the release of their father, Kihichi Sakamoto, from the Army Stockade, for the sake of their mother's "health and mind" stating that she has been ill since their stay in Heart Mountain the previous year and has suffered ...
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Kuratomi, Toshio; Kumra, Mitsuho [intake photographs and information for two incarcerees]

Two photographs of incarceree Toshio Kuratomi and three of incarceree Mitsuho Kimura, presumably upon intake into the Tule Lake camp; an information card states that Kuratomi was admitted to Tulelake from Jerome, Arkansas on September 30, 1943. The information card for Kimura is mostly covered by a photograph. See this ...
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Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Mr. W. [Willard E.] Schmidt, Chief of Administrative Police, March 24, 1944

Memo regarding new list of fielders. Presents list of active, terminated, and new fielders and messengers of the committee, including dates of entry and termination. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0069
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Community Analysis Notes, no. 1, January 15, 1944

Titled as: From a Nisei who said "No." Account by an unnamed Community Analyst at Manzanar of the "life experience and viewpoints" influencing a young man's "No" response to the Army registration form's Question 28. The account stems from the analyst's notes, reproduced verbatim, from an exchange between the young ...
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May the committee further recommend the release of the following

Document presents a list of 52 incarcerees; names are introduced with the text, "May the committee further recommend the release of the following" [presumably from the army stockades]. Nakao, Masaru; Inoue, Tetsuo; Hayashioa, Bob; Tahara, Tom; Saito, Shu; Shingu, Tadashi (Fred); Ogata, Tanji; Fujimoto, Tadao (Wm); Yamamoto, Kazuo; Tanabe, Yaichi; ...
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Letter from G. E. Sterling, Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief, Radio Intelligence Division, Federal Communications Commission, to Willard E. Schmidt, Chief, Administrative Police, April 18, 1944

Concerns an investigation into whether radiotelegraph signals originated from a transmitter in the vicinity of the Tule Lake incarceration camp; included is a page, presumably from a letter sent by Schmidt to Sterling on April 14th, 1944, describing Administration concerns about the Japanese Language School. See this object in the ...
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