This collection contains personal materials, correspondence, and illustrations of Mrs. Henriette Von Blon, with an overarching
emphasis on the Von Blon family's relationship with interned Japanese Americans at the Heart Mountain, Wyoming, relocation
center during World War II. Letters received by the Von Blon family by interned Japanese Americans from 1942-1944 describe
life in the internment camp and gratitude for the Von Blons' support during their time in the camp. Illustrations sent with
these letters depict the relocation camp and the daily life of the detainees. In addition to this material is a scrapbook
of newspaper clippings compiled by Mrs. Von Blon for her daughter, Marie Adele, relating to conditions in France during World
War II from 1940 to 1941.
Henriette Von Blon lived in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, John L. Von Blon, and her two children, Phillip and
Marie Adele. John L. Von Blon was an editor at the Los Angeles Times for seventeen years, and Henriette also contributed to
publications, like the popular art magazine "The International Studio". From the correspondence in the collection, it can
be inferred that the Von Blon family formed bonds with Japanese Americans within their community before those families' relocation
in World War II, and it is apparent they maintained these relationships during the war. The two families with which the Von
Blons had the most correspondence in this collection were the Azeka and the Hariuchi families. In 1952, Mrs. Von Blon donated
a collection of Children's illustrated books to Stanford in honor of her recently deceased son.
1 manuscript box
(0.4 linear feet)
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Collection is open for research.