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Title
Memo from Co-ordinating Committee to Chief of Police Schmidt [Willard E. Schmidt], February 3, 1944
Creator
Akitsuki, Byron: author
Co-ordinating Committee 1608-A: publisher
Date Created and/or Issued
1944-02-03
Contributing Institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
Collection
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
Rights Information
Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jose State University Library Special Collections and Archives. This item is available for educational, non-commercial purposes. Please contact San Jose State University for publication information.
Description
Calls for special meeting of the Project Director, Advisory Council, and Co-ordinating Committee to discuss Committee recommendations, and refers to four attached memoranda, each from Co-ordinating Committee 1608-A to R. [Raymond] R. Best, Project Director, dated February 2, 1944 and written by Byron Akitsuki, Executive Secretary. Subjects of the memoranda are: Receipt of Red Cross Gift [of soy sauce]; Nomination of Temporary Police Commissioners; Creation of New Employment Opportunities; and Preparation for Referendum Votes prior to the Replacement of this Committee. The latter memo states that a referendum, which would give incarcerees a voice in the Center's management, would help to overcome negative feelings.
5 pages, typescript
The Willard Schmidt collection, documents some of the administrative duties of Willard Schmidt, the Chief of Internal Security for the War Relocation Authority and the Tule Lake incarceration/segregation camp. This collection contains administrative records and photos documenting the Tule Lake camp, the largest incarceration camp with a peak population of 18,789 and with the most turbulent history. In 1943, the camp was turned into a segregation center to house "disloyal" Japanese Americans relocated from other camps based on their answers to a confusing loyalty questionnaire. The camp endured martial law from November 1943- Jan 1944 after escalating protests and unrest. The hostile environment of the camp lead to many incarcerees renouncing their American citizenship upon the end of incarceration, a process which took 14 years to reverse if they did not wish to be deported to Japan.
Batch4_20171108rev; grant_004
Type
text
Format
application/pdf
Identifier
sjs_sch_0072
http://cdm16855.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16855coll4/id/6114
Language
English
Subject
Activism and involvement
Industry and employment
World War II--Incarceration camps--Conflicts, intimidation, and violence
World War II--Incarceration camps--Impact of incarceration
World War II--Incarceration camps--Incarcerees
World War II--Incarceration camps--Living conditions
World War II--Incarceration camps--Work and jobs
Geographic communities--California
Place
Newell, California
Incarceration Camps--Tule Lake
Source
San Jose State University Department of Special Collections and Archives;
Relation
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt0j49q761/
Schmidt (Willard E.) Papers

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