Letter from Frank Herron Smith to J. H. Peiper, Federal Bureau of Investigation, May 4, 1945
ddr-csujad-21-1 (CSUJAD Local ID: 065-1-a-01-01-01, CSUJAD Project ID: slo_smi_0001)
Smith urges FBI action be taken to stop injustices done to Japanese American citizens during World War II. Letter mentions correspondence from a Japanese pastor in Livingston, California, near Modesto and Merced, describing "no less than eight shooting incidents in which night-riders have shot into the homes of our church members." Smith also describes shooting and arson incidents at Orisi, Selma, Concord, Santa, Cressy, and Livingston; bemoans the "inept[itude]" and "inefficien[cy]" of "country sheriffs" and the legal system in holding perpetrators responsible for such incidents; and mentions that he and others, who had not favored resettling people until after the war, will work to protect those loyal to the United States. Smith states that these incidents are a "disgrace to our country," especially in light of the UNCIO Conference [The United Nations Conference on International Organization]. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 065-1-a-01-01-01
Special Collections and Archives, Robert E. Kennedy Library, California Polytechnic State University
Smith Family Papers on World War II, Special Collections, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif.