Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians Collection ddr-densho-67
doc "Some Recollections of, and Reflections on, 1942" by Mike Masaoka (ddr-densho-67-32)
"The Japanese American Relocation Reviewed" The Earl Warren Oral History Project. Introduction: "Some Recollections Of, and Reflections On, 1942" by Mike Masaoka. Expresses opinion that Earl Warren, more than any other individual, was responsible for the mass removal by influencing the Executive decision.
doc Memorandum to the Peruvian ambassador (ddr-densho-67-34)
Memorandum states that Japanese people form the largest foreign element in Peru. Opinion: the Japanese in Peru are dangerous, organized, and patriotic to Japan. Recommendations: "dangerous" Japanese leaders should be expelled from Peru; encourage propaganda to bring the "Japanese danger" to the Peruvians' attention.
doc Letter from the American Embassy (ddr-densho-67-35)
Letter from American Embassy describing President of Peru's desire to conspire with U.S. to permanently eliminate all Japanese from Peru. The letter was composed by Raymond Henry Norweb, U.S. Ambassador to Peru between 1940 and 1942.
doc Brief: "Japanese-Inspired Agitation Among the American Negroes" (ddr-densho-67-36)
Suggests that the Japanese program of conquest includes using agents in the U.S. to develop African American discontent into pro-Japanese sentiment.
doc Letter titled: "General Sabotage" (ddr-densho-67-37)
Letter from James Hughes, Captain, M.I.D. Intelligence Officer. States that an informant of Japanese ancestry gave information that there would be a signal given for a general wave of sabotage participated in by Germans, Italians, and Japanese.
doc "Notes on Manzanar" (ddr-densho-67-40)
"Notes on Manzanar" written by Claude B. Washburne, Lt. Colonel, C.A.C. Chief, Inspection & Fiscal Division. Notes and miscellaneous correspondence regarding Manzanar concentration camp: strike at camouflage net factory over wages, interior police issues, inspection of mail, camp rules, and segregation issues.
doc "Notes and Observations of 'Kibei Meeting'" (ddr-densho-67-42)
"Notes and Observations of 'Kibei Meeting,'" submitted to the government by Karl Yoneda. Topics of meeting: internal improvement issues, arguments and tension between pro-Japanese and pro-American individuals.
doc Report titled: "Brief Report of the Kibei Meeting Held at Mess Hall 15" (ddr-densho-67-43)
Letter and report sent by Fred Tayama to Major Rudisill. The report is entitled: "Brief Report of the Kibei Meeting Held at Mess Hall 15." Tayama requests that renunciation of American citizenship be permitted, and segregation of the "disloyal" Japanese commenced. Meeting focused on internal improvement issues, arguments and tension between pro-Japanese and pro-American individuals.
doc "Atka and Pribilof Native Evacuation to Killisnoo and Funters Bay -- Southeastern Alaska" (ddr-densho-67-44)
Letter from R.J. Schoettler, Officer-In-Charge to the District Intelligence Officer, 13th Naval District. Account of removal of Atka and Pribilof Natives to Southeast Alaska. Accounts of natives' past encounters with Japanese people.
doc Memo from Delos Emmons to John J. McCloy (ddr-densho-67-45)
Memorandum from Delos Emmons, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army, to John J. McCloy, Assistant Secretary of War, regarding a previous report on the Japanese in Hawaii. In this memo, Emmons refutes much of the information in the report. He dispels many of the rumors about the Hawaiian Japanese and admonishes the author of the report for being …
doc Series of responses to a letter (ddr-densho-67-46)
A series of responses to a letter written by Congressman Charles F. Ayer to John W. McCormack regarding the "Jap menace" in Hawaii. Urges the evacuation of all Japanese from Hawaii to the mainland to protect from invasion. McCormack forwards this letter to Henry L. Stimson. Thos. T. Handy, assistant chief of staff, forwards the McCormack …
doc Letter from Commander John Ford to Frank Knox about the Japanese in Hawaii (ddr-densho-67-47)
Letter from Commander John Ford to Frank Knox about the Japanese in Hawaii. He warns about the infiltration of "disloyals" and stresses the failure of the FBI and military in controlling the situation. Also mentions the Big Five's dependence on skilled Japanese labor. Knox forwards this to President Roosevelt urging him to consider evacuating all Japanese …
doc Memo: "Evacuation of Japanese from Hawaii" (ddr-densho-67-48)
Memo from John McCloy to General Eisenhower giving reasons against incarcerating Hawaiian Japanese: lack of materials and shipping, labor shortage that would ensue, and possible tensions between mainland and Hawaiian Japanese. McCloy also worries about the legalities of evacuating Hawaiian Japanese. Suggests that General Emmons should be in charge of evacuating a select number of "enemy …
doc Transcript of conversation between Col. Bendetsen and Lt. Hall (ddr-densho-67-49)
Conversation between Col. Bendetsen and Lt. Hall on General Emmons and his powers regarding evacuation to the mainland. They discuss how Emmons does not wish to evacuate more than 3,000 Japanese. References to his relationship to the Hawaiian economy are made. They also discuss legal technicalities of Hawaiian evacuation - what powers General Emmons possesses and …
doc Memo from J.R. Deane to John McCloy (ddr-densho-67-50)
Memo from J.R. Deane to John McCloy officially rescinding the previous order to evacuate Hawaiian Japanese to the mainland. This new order states that any person of Japanese ancestry "considered as potentially dangerous to national security" will be interned in Hawaii.
doc Memo from General Emmons to John McCloy (ddr-densho-67-51)
Memo from General Emmons to John McCloy on nisei in the military. Gives statistics on Nisei in the military in Hawaii and suggests that even though they stopped accepting Nisei in the military creating an all-Nisei combat unit would improve security issues in Hawaii. Emmons says that 300 Nisei already volunteered, an indication of potential success …
doc Two messages to General Emmons from John McCloy (ddr-densho-67-52)
Two messages to General Emmons from John McCloy requesting information on the 400 evacuated Japanese. Very concerned with whether Hawaiian Japanese should be isolated or permitted contact with mainland Japanese. Indicates a belief that Hawaiian Japanese will infect mainland Japanese. McCloy also asks Emmons if he can stop evacuation without compromising security. Evacuated Japanese prove to …
doc Memo from Lt. Hall to John McCloy (ddr-densho-67-53)
Memo from Lt. Hall to John McCloy on possible consequences of evacuating and repatriating Hawaiian Japanese. Namely that they will either come into contact with enemy spies on the mainland or they will go back to Japan with crucial information. Suggests waiting four months before evacuating and repatriating and after that confining them to "concentration camps." …
doc Memo from William P. Scobey to Dillon Myer (ddr-densho-67-54)
Memo from William P. Scobey to Dillon Myer summarizing a previous message sent to General Delos Emmons about evacuating Hawaiian Japanese. Outlines four major problems with evacuation to the mainland, including legal complications, lack of resources, and potential for tensions between Hawaiian and mainland Japanese. Advises Emmons to reconsider evacuation program.
doc Letter from Col. William Scobey to Gen. Delos Emmons (ddr-densho-67-55)
Letter from Col. William Scobey to Gen. Delos Emmons on the status of Japanese Americans on mainland. Discusses failure of voluntary induction in the army due to "resentment" and "anti-American" kibei and issei. Mentions segregation of loyals and disloyals as not happening because of lack of space. Suggests to Emmons that these complications have prevented evacuation …
doc Letter from Col. William Scobey to Dillon Myer (ddr-densho-67-56)
Letter from Col. William Scobey to Dillon Myer regarding Gen. Emmons' response to halting evacuation of Hawaiian Japanese to the mainland. Emmons agreed to suspend evacuation except for those who "would be considered safe" in the mainland. Emmons also states that the response to the all-nisei team was favorable and projects 10,000 nisei volunteers. He suggests …
doc Message to John J. McCloy (ddr-densho-67-57)
Message from unknown source to John J. McCloy on Kibei in Hawaii. Discusses the professed loyalty or disloyalty to the U.S. of the Kibei - author states that all Kibei are probably disloyal. Requests transfer of interned, "loyal" Hawaiian Kibei to mainland camps because if those loyal Kibei filed a writ of habeas corpus in Hawaii, …