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Letter from Lester Suzuki to Brother [Wendell L.] Miller, May 4, 1942
Suzuki, Lester E.: author
Date Created and/or Issued
Contributing Institution
California State University, Dominguez Hills, Archives and Special Collections
CSU Japanese American Digitization Project
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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and describing early days there, including lack of regular work and schooling schedules and of appropriate food for children; scouts and boys' clubs being in development; religious services on Sundays attracting nearly 2000 people; and the need to wait for community facilities such as laundry and mess halls. Suzuki thanks Miller for his work and states that "the nipping of creative endeavor will be the worst evil."
Reverend Wendell L. Miller was pastor of the University Methodist Church, Los Angeles. He became involved in local politics when gambling and prostitution began edging toward the area surrounding the University of Southern California (USC) campus. Miller founded the Citizens Independent Vice Investigating Committee (C.I.V.I.C.), which also campaigned against crime and corruption in City Hall, ultimately resulting in the recall of Mayor Frank L. Shaw. The collection documents Miller's involvement with C.I.V.I.C., and includes announcements, bulletins, correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases, pamphlets, radio addresses, speeches, statements, and related items. There is also a small amount of material documenting Rev. Miller’s anti-war activities including letters from Japanese Americans sent to incarceration camps during World War II.
1 page and 1 envelope, typescript
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Living conditions
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Religion
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Social and recreational activities
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Education
World War II--Temporary Assembly Centers--Food
Activism and involvement
Community activities--Associations and organizations
World War II--Support from the non-Japanese American community
World War II--Administration--Wartime Civil Control Administration
Geographic communities--California
Arcadia, California
Temporary Assembly Centers--Santa Anita
California State University, Northridge. University Library. Special Collections & Archives
California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
Reverend Wendell L. Miller Collection

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