Mollie Wilson Murphy Collection

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Mollie Wilson Murphy was an African-American woman who lived in Boyle Heights during World War II. She had many Japanese-American friends who were forced into concentration camps during the war. This collection comprises of the correspondences between Mollie and her friends in camp. The Mollie Wilson Papers include correspondence, school photographs, and miscellaneous photos in Boyle Heights of Mollie and friends before the war, during and after camp. There are also mimeographs, and newspaper clippings.

1942-1945

1942-1945

Correspondences that totals 112 letters and 27 photographs; 0.5 linear feet.

Japanese American National Museum

Courtesy of the Japanese American National Museum (2000.378)

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Copyright restricted

142 Objects

Letter to Molly Wilson from Tomoko Ikeda (June 10, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-1)
doc Letter to Molly Wilson from Tomoko Ikeda (June 10, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-1)
Handwritten letter written by Tomoko Ikeda to Molly Wilson, June 10, 1942. Letter was written from an assembly center or a relocation center, and mentions adjusting to food in center and missing school.
Four photographs from scrapbook page (ddr-janm-1-2)
img Four photographs from scrapbook page (ddr-janm-1-2)
Four black and white photographs on a portion of a scrapbook page. From left to right, upper left corner: (1) Portrait of Mary Murakami. She has curly hair, wears eyeglasses, colored shirt and vest. (2) Portrait of Fujiko Murakami, Mary's sister. She wears pigtails and checkered jacket, and head tilted to proper left side. (3 ...
Portrait of Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-3)
img Portrait of Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-3)
Black and white portrait of Mary Murakami. She has curly hair, wears eyeglasses, colored shirt and vest. Written on photograph: "To Molly. Love Mary". One of four photos on a portion of a scrapbook page.
Portrait of Fujiko Murakami (ddr-janm-1-4)
img Portrait of Fujiko Murakami (ddr-janm-1-4)
Black and white portrait of Fujiko Murakami, Mary's sister. She wears pigtails and checkered jacket, and head tilted to proper left side. Written on photograph: "To Molly. Always Fujiko." One of four photos on a portion of a scrapbook page.
Photograph of Mollie Wilson and Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-5)
img Photograph of Mollie Wilson and Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-5)
Black and white image of Mollie Wilson and Mary Murakami standing in front of a house. Mollie wears long-sleeved shirt, vest, and pants. Mary wears a floral dress. Written below photograph: "Mollie and Mary". One of four photos on a portion of a scrapbook page.
Photograph of Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-6)
img Photograph of Mary Murakami (ddr-janm-1-6)
Black and white image of Mary in front of a house. Mary wears a floral dress. Written below photograph: "Mary Murakami". One of four photos on a portion of a scrapbook page.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 3, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-7)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 3, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-7)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 3, 1942). Postmarked June 5, 1942 from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California.
Letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 2, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-8)
doc Letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 2, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-8)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 2, 1942) from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California. Letter has return address in the upper left hand corner but not stamped nor postmarked.
Letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 12, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-9)
doc Letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 12, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-9)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (May 12, 1942) from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California. Letter has return address in the upper left hand corner but not stamped nor postmarked.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-10)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-10)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 8, 1942). Envelope is postmarked July 8, 1942 from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California.

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