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[Japanese-American Internee Data File], 1942 - 1946 (info) Search
Title: Records About Japanese Americans Relocated During World War II, created, 1988 - 1989, documenting the period 1942 - 1946
Creator: Department of Justice. Civil Rights Division. (12/09/1957 - ) (Most Recent)
Type of Archival Materials: Data Files
Textual Records
Level of Description: Series from Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority
Other Titles: Japanese-American Internee File
Location: Electronic and Special Media Records Services Division (NWME), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: 301-837-0470, FAX: 301-837-3681, EMAIL: cer@nara.gov
Inclusive Dates: 1988 - 1989
Coverage Dates: 1942 - 1946
Date Note: The Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice, obtained these records in 1988 and transferred a copy to NARA in 1989.
Part of: Record Group 210: Records of the War Relocation Authority
Function and Use: The War Relocation Authority (WRA) collected information on individual evacuees on WRA Form 26. The WRA used the data to support the management of individuals and the relocation centers, in general. The series also served as a locator index to the separate series of individual evacuee case files created and maintained by the WRA. After conversion of the punch cards to an electronic form by the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960's, the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, used a copy of the data file to support distribution of reparations to former evacuees.
Scope & Content Note: This series contains personal descriptive data about Japanese Americans evacuated from the states of Washington, Oregon, and California to ten relocation centers operated by the War Relocation Authority during World War II in the states of California (Tule Lake and Manzanar Centers), Idaho (Minidoka Center), Utah (Central Utah Center), Colorado (Granada Center), Arizona (Colorado River and Gila River Centers), Wyoming (Heart Mountain Center), and Arkansas (Rohwer and Jerome Centers). Each record represents an individual and includes the name; relocation project and assembly center to which assigned; previous address; birthplace of parents; occupation of father; education; foreign residence; indication of military service, public assistance, pensions, and physical defects; sex and marital status; race of evacuee and spouse; year of birth; age; birthplace; indication of the holding of an alien registration number and/or Social Security number, and whether the evacuee attended Japanese language school; highest grade completed; language proficiency; occupations; and religion.
Access Restrictions: Restricted - Partly. FOIA (b)(6) Personal Information. This series consists of one partially restricted file. NARA created a public use version of the restricted file that masks selected values in the Military and Naval Service, Public Assistance and Pensions, Physical Defects field and all values in the Religion field to protect the privacy of individuals named in the file.
General Note: At least ten records are either blank or have information that is unintelligible. At least six records contain information that is apparently part of a data copying routine used at some point in the history of the file and accidentally included in the file. The 16 records were removed in the AAD version of the file.
The data file contains some obvious typographical and data entry errors, such as misspellings of names.
The punch card records in the series "Evacuee Summary Data Cards ("Locator Index"), 1942-46" (ARC Identifier 1055737) contain some corrections and additional information that are not in the data file.
In general, the file does not contain records for persons born in the relocation camps. However, there are some records of persons born in 1942.
Finding Aid Type: Technical Information
Finding Aid Source: NARA and War Relocation Authority
Extent: 1 datafile and 2 inches of documentation
Index Terms
  Subjects Represented in the Archival Material
    Japanese Americans
Names, Personal
Relocation of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945
    Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Central Utah Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Colorado River Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Gila River Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Granada Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Heart Mountain Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Jerome Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Manzanar Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Minidoka Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Rohwer Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Department of the Interior. War Relocation Authority. Tule Lake Relocation Center. (02/16/1944 - 06/30/1946)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Central Utah Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Gila River Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Granada Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Heart Mountain Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Manzanar War Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Minidoka Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
Office for Emergency Management. War Relocation Authority. Rohwer Relocation Center. (03/18/1942 - 02/16/1944)
    Arizona (United States, North and Central America) state
Arkansas (United States, North and Central America) state
California (United States, North and Central America) state
Colorado (United States, North and Central America) state
Idaho (United States, North and Central America) state
Oregon (United States, North and Central America) state
Utah (United States, North and Central America) state
Washington (United States, North and Central America) state
Wyoming (United States, North and Central America) state
  Contributors to the Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials
    Bancroft Library, Contributor
Custodial History Note: The data file is a digital version of one of two sets of punch card records created by the War Relocation Authority (WRA). One set of punch cards was transferred to NARA and is the series "Evacuee Summary Data Cards ("Locator Index"), 1942-46." The WRA deposited another set in the Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley following the termination of the agency at the end of World War II. During the 1960s, staff of a research project at the University of California at Berkeley migrated the set of punch cards on deposit at the Bancroft Library to a digital format and provided the Bancroft Library with the digital file on magnetic tape. Following the decision to distribute reparations to former evacuees during the 1980s, the Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice acquired a copy of the digital file from the Bancroft Library. The Department of Justice subsequently transferred that copy of the records to NARA.

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