California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections > CSU Japanese American Digitization Project > Letter from Willard E. Schmidt, Internal Security Officer, to Earl D. Brooks, Personnel Division, War Relocation Authority, [December, 1943]

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Title
Letter from Willard E. Schmidt, Internal Security Officer, to Earl D. Brooks, Personnel Division, War Relocation Authority, [December, 1943]
Creator
Schmidt, Willard E.: author
Date Created and/or Issued
1943-12
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
Draft of the letter. Concerns job descriptions for Internal Security staffing; contains extensive handwritten annotations. See "Correspondence regarding need for Internal Security staff, December, 1943" found in item, sjs_sch_0085, for the final draft of the letter, dated December 16, 1943.
3 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_015
Type
text
Format
application/pdf
Identifier
sjs_sch_0087
http://cdm16855.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p16855coll4/id/6129
Language
English
Subject
World War II--Administration--War Relocation Authority
World War II--Incarceration camps--Facilities, services, and camp administration
World War II--Incarceration camps--Work and jobs
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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