U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas Records

MS Un4j 360 WRA

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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Adam Heien, 2020.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Title
U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas Records
Inclusive Dates
1942-1944
Identification
MS Un4j 360 WRA
Extent
0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

Purchased from South by Southwest Books, Fayetteville, Arkansas in November 1979

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer

Preferred Form of Citation

U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas Records (MS Un4j 360 WRA), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Located in the Delta region of southeastern Arkansas, the Jerome War Relocation Center was the last internment camp for Japanese-Americans to open and the first to close, serving as such from October 1942 to June 1944.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, memoranda, transcripts of hearings, and other documents pertaining, variously, to: investigations, testimony, and other proceedings on evacuees' applications for leave clearance and on segregation of evacuee; the suicide of an evacuee; legal services rendered, August 1943, by center's Project Attorney; resignation of War Relocation Authority Assistant Solicitor Robert Allen Leflar. Correspondents include Ulys A. Lovell, Dillon Seymour Myer.

Related Materials

Additional records relating to the U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas Records are described in the following topic guide:

Japanese Americans Interned in Arkansas

Arrangement of the Papers

Collection is arranged in seven files.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials.

Concentration camps--United States

Japanese--United States

Leflar, Robert A. (Robert Allen), 1901-1997

Lovell, Ulys A.

United States. War Relocation Authority

World War, 1939-1945--Evacuation of civilians--United States

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

    Box LOC 1457

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1

    Kiyoshi Conrad Hamanaka Leave Clearance, July 1942-June 1944 (20 documents)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 1

    A.N.S. N.p., July 1, 1942

    [12 Japanese books taken from Hamanaka as contraband].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 2

    Brockett, J. T.L.n.S. Berkeley, California, February 4, 1943 3p. (with carbon of same)

    [Brockett discusses Hamanaka's liberalism at Fresno State and sees him as a "complete democrat and thoroughly Americanized"].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 3

    McVoy, Edgar, Community Analyst at Center. T.L.n.S. Denson, Arkansas., September 16, 1943 2p.

    [without reservation Hamanaka is loyal].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 4

    Incoming Teletype, T.N., September 25, 1943 1p.

    [Do not issue leave to Hamanaka pending further investigation.]

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 5

    Erkkila, Mauritz C. T.L.n.S. Denson, Arkansas, October 19, 1943 1p. (with carbon)

    [Hamanaka holds strong opinions on society but this makes him a better citizen].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 6

    Transcript. T.M. Leave Clearance Hearing, Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. October 28, 1943. 10:15. /with/ Re-Hearing, November 5, 1943. 1:35 P.M., October 28, 1943 22p., 4p.

    [Hamanaka was a conscientious objector, a member of the A.C.L.U.--what chance did he have? Zero. Leave clearance denided.]

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 7

    Memorandum. Thompson, A.G., Member, Leave Clearance Hearing Board. Denson, Arkansas. T.L.c.c., December 1, 1943 1p. (with another copy)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 8

    Thomas, F.G., Lieutenant, USNR, T.L.c.c. n.S. Headquarters Eighth Naval District U.S. Naval Intelligence Office, Memphis, Tennessee, April 8, 1944 1p.

    [Is Capt. Hamanaka of Japanese Imperial Navy Hamanaka's uncle?].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 9

    Supplementary Hearing [Jerome Relocation center, Denson, Arkansas]. Held April 25, 1944, 4:00 P.M. T.M.n.S. c.c., April 25, 1944 3p. (with another copy).

    [Hamanaka didn't believe this hearing was authorized and refused to answer questions].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 10

    Incoming Teletype, April 26, 1944 1p.

    [Clearance approved].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 11

    Castleberry, Mr. G.E. [Member of Leave Clearance Committee] Denson, Arkansas, April 26, 1944 1p. (with another copy).

    [Explains why there was a supplementary hearing].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 12

    Whitaker, E.B., Project Director [Jerome Relocation Center], T.L., May 12, 1944 1p.

    [We haven't received confirmation of clearance].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 13

    Hamanaka, Kiyoshi. T.L.n.S. [Denson, Arkansas] [to Dillon S. Meyer, Director, War Relocation Authority.], May 26, 1944 1p.

    [If I have received clearance, why do I have to notify office of change of address; this is not consistent with civil liberties].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 14

    Whitaker, E.B., Project Director. T.L.n.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas. [to Dillon S. Meyer, Director, War Relocation Authority]., May 29, 1944 2p.

    [Traces the clearance letters back and forth and insists that though Hamanaka's clearance arrived the day after the last segregation movement left the project, Hamanaka was not intentionally delayed].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 15

    Osburn, Young M., Acting Relocation Officer. T.L.n.S. Denson, Arkansas. [to Myrtyle Takaoka], June 7, 1944 1p.

    [Hamanaka and family scheduled to arrive Chicago June 8th].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 16

    Osburn, Young M., Acting Relocation Officer. T.L.n.S. Denson, Arkansas. [to Dillon S. Meyer], June 7, 1944 1p.

    [Please find form WRA-130 for Hamanaka family].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 17

    Osburn, Young M., Acting Relocation Officer. Teletype. Denson, Arkansas. [to W.W. Lessing, Relocation Officer, Chicago], June 7, 1944 1p.

    [Hamanaka scheduled to leave].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 18

    Myer, D.S, Director. T.L.n.S. War Relocation Authority, Washington. [to E.B. Whitaker, Denson, Arkansas], June 7, 1944 1p.

    [Will you deliver letter to Hamanaka?]

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 19

    Myer, D.S, Director. T.L.n.S. [Washington]. [to Mr. Kiyoshi Hamanaka], June 7, 1944 1p.

    [It is the law that you must report change of address; we can make no exceptions].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 1 Item 20

    Whitaker, E.B., Project Director. T.L.n.S. Denson, Arkansas. [to Dillon S. Myer, Director WRA], June 13, 1944 1p.

    [We are not sure that your letter will reach Mr. Hamanaka as he left no forwarding address].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2

    Harry Sheruzu Shiramizu Leave Clearance, March 1944 (9 documents)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 1

    Transcript. T.M.c.c. Hearing Held in Welfare Office [Denson, Arkansas] Tuesday, March 14, 1944. 1:15 P.M., March 14, 1944 14p.

    [Swears allegiance to U.S.]

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 2

    T.M. Certificate of Hawaiian Birth (of Shiramizu), undated /copy/. 1p.

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 3

    Morrison, Wm. R.C. T.L.c.c. Office of the Military Governor, Honolulu, T.H., January 18, 1943 1p.

    [Shiramizu to be released from interment.

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 4

    Crawford, D.L. T.L.c.c.n.sS. University of Hawaii, June 28, 1927 1p.

    [Congratulations on graduating from University of Hawaii].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 5

    Pi Gamma Mu Certificate. T.D., May 24, 1929 (copy) 1p.

    [Election of Shiramizu to the honor society].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 6

    Lynn, Charles R., Reports Officer. T.L.c.c.n.S. Denson, Arkansas [to Mr. Gilbert F. Castleberry, Member, Leave Clearance Hearing Board]., March 16, 1944 2p.

    [Discusses Shiramizu's role as editor of Denson Tribune; Shiramizu is thoroughly American].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 7

    Castleberry, G.F. et. al, T.L.c.c.n.S. Denson, Arkansas, March 20, 1944 1p.

    [Memorandum: Committee believes he should be given leave clearance].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 8

    Castleberry, G.F. T.L.c.c.n.S. [Denson, Arkansas], undated 1p.

    [Memorandum: My impression is favorable].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 2 Item 9

    Webb, J.L. T.L.S. [Denson, Arkansas], undated 1p.

    [Recommendation: heartily recommend clearance].

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 3

    Joe Atsumi Yamakido Leave Clearance, February 1944 (2 documents)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 3 Item 1

    Transcript. A.N.c.c. Leave Clearance Hearing, Held February 28, 10:30 a.m. [Denson, Arkansas]., February 28, 1944 3p. /also another copy/.

    ("I want to denounce the United States and I am willing to fight for Japan").

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 3 Item 2

    Allison, Robert A., Chairman Leave Clearance Committee. T.L.c.c.n.S. [Denson, Arkansas], February 29, 1944 1p. /with another copy/.

    (recommend leave clearance denial).

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 4

    Toru Tim Abo Segregation Hearing, October 1943 (3 documents)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 4 Item 1

    Taylor, Paul A. Project Director. T.L.c.c.n.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Arkansas [to Private Richard Itanga], October 21, 1943 1p.

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 4 Item 2

    Itanga, Private Richard. T.L.S. [Camp Shelby, Mississippi], October 24, 1943 2p.

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 4 Item 3

    Typed sheet, marked "Confidential," with four Japanese names on it and initial "rl", undated (with envelope)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 5

    Sadao Nakao Suicide, June 1944 (1 document)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 5 Item 1

    Lovell, Ulys A. Project Attorney. T.L.c.c.n.S. Denson, Arkansas [to Philip M. Glick, Solicitor, War Relocation Authority, Washington], June 21, 1944 2p.

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 6

    Project Attorney's Monthly Report, [September] 1943 (1 document)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 6 Item 1

    War Relocation Authority. Project Attorney. Monthly Report. For Month Ending "August 31, 1943" [Denson, Arkansas, 1943]., 1943 2p. (1 sheet). Partly printed form, filled out by typing.

    (lists legal services to evacuees, etc.)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 7

    Robert Allen Leflar Resignation, May 1944 (1 document)

    Box LOC 1457 Folder U.S. Jerome Relocation Center, Denson, Ark. File 7 Item 1

    Myer, D.S. T.L.S. Office of the Director, United States Department of the Interior, War Relocation Authority Washington [to E.B. Whitaker, Project Director, Denson, Arkansas], May 25, 1944 1p.

    END OF COLLECTION

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