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War Work, World War II, 1941-1946

 File — Box: 2, Reel: 149, microdex: 3
War Work, World War II, 1941-1946
War Work, World War II, 1941-1946

Scope and Contents

Minutes, reports, correspondence and notes concerning the local situation faced by Japanese Americans in the United States. Documents are grouped by the following locations: California, Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington. Documents describe the challenges faced by Japanese Americans in each area, the persecution they may face and special projects, programs and association practices to assist the Japanese American and improve relationships in the communities. In addition, some documents address the resistance in local YWCA of the U.S.A. associations and internal race relations. Reports from the Metropolitan Los Angeles YWCA include a history and assessment of racism in Los Angeles. Dorothy Kuniko Takechi's thesis for Fisk University, "The Nisei in Denver, Colorado: A Study in Personality Adjustment and Disorganization," is included in the Colorado documents. Ms. Takechi also submits reports for the California situation. 

Dates of Materials

  • Creation: 1941-1946

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

From the Record Group:

This collection is open for use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.

However, by agreement with the YWCA of the U.S.A., microdexes known to contain financial records or personal health information (usually on job applications) were not digitized and/or not published in our online repository as part of the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. These microdexes may still be accessed on the original microfilm, and digital files may be made available to individual researchers upon request.


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