Finding Aid for the W. Eugene Dimon papers, 1942-1943

Processed by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) with assistance from Kelley Bachli, 2008; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
Manuscripts Division
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
© 2008
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.


Descriptive Summary

Title: W. Eugene Dimon papers
Date (inclusive): 1942-1943
Collection number: 2010
Creator: W. Eugene Dimon
Extent: 1 document box (box 619, .5 linear feet) 2 oversize boxes (boxes 766 and 872)
Abstract: The W. Eugene Dimon papers contain newsletters, correspondence, albums and artifacts created by the Japanese who were detained at the Pomona Assembly Center in California from May to August 1942 and then transferred to the Heart Relocation Center in Wyoming in August 1942. The items were collected by W. Eugene Dimon, the Recreation Director of the Pomona Assembly Center.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

The Japanese American Research Project (JARP) was established in 1962 jointly by the Japanese American Citizens League and the University of California, Los Angeles. Materials in the collection were donated after JARP was established.

Processing Note

Processed by Tiffany-Kay Sangwand in the Center For Primary Research and Training (CFPRT) with assistance from Kelley Bachli, 2008.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. Eugene Dimon papers (Collection Number 2010). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Biography

In 1942, the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds in Pomona was converted into a temporary detention camp for persons of Japanese descent until they were transported to war relocation centers. The Pomona Assembly Center received 5,514 persons between May 7 and August 24, 1942; the maximum population at one time was 5,434. The majority of the detainees were from Los Angeles, San Francisco and Santa Clara counties.
W. Eugene "Buck" Dimon served as the Recreation Director at the Pomona Assembly Center and was well-revered by the Japanese for his efforts to provide them with additional accommodations and services during their interim at the center. Dimon contacted local churches, schools, organizations, and the Pomona Public Library to donate used goods to the Assembly Center. His mother, Mrs. Eugene Dimon, was also noted for her kindness towards the Japanese detainees.
The majority of the detainees at the Pomona Assembly Center were transferred to the Heart Mountain War Relocation Center in Wyoming in August 1942.

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials created by the Japanese persons detained in the Pomona Assembly Center in 1942. These materials include a full run of the Pomona Center News, which documents the daily life in the Pomona Assembly Center, albums and artifacts given as gifts to Dimon before leaving the Pomona Assembly Center, and correspondence to Dimon after being sent to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. The albums and the triptych (see box 872) contain drawings by an unknown artist, though they were most likely done by Ricky "Artist" Washizaki. Other artifacts include a poster, scroll, and mobile honoring Dimon. The collection also contains two photographs presumably taken at the Pomona Assembly Center and a newspaper clipping from the Daily News (Los Angeles, 1943) on the internment of Japanese persons. The majority of materials were created in 1942; one item of correspondence and the newspaper clipping are from 1943.

Organization and Arrangement

The materials are arranged in chronological order beginning with the Pomona Center News, invitations to events at the Pomona Assembly Center, albums, photographs, correspondence, and clippings in box 619. The artifacts are housed separately in boxes 766 and 872.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

W. Eugene Dimon --Archives.
Japanese American Research Project (University of California, Los Angeles) --Archives.

Related Material


Container List

Box 619, Folder 1

Pomona Center News, volume 1 numbers 1-23 1942 May 23-August 12

Physical Description: bound
Box 619, Folder 2

Pomona Center News, volume 1 numbers 1-25 1942 May 23-August 15

Physical Description: bound
Box 619, Folder 3

Invitations for events at the Pomona Assembly Center 1942

Box 619, Folder 4

Albums 1942

Scope and Content Note

Two small bound books: one signed by members of the Pomona Assembly Center's Recreation Department with letter, second labeled "Family Album" from the Pomona Assembly Center's Office Staff with letters to Dimon and sketches by staff (Ricky Washizaki?)
Box 619, Folder 5

Photographs undated

Scope and Content Note

Two photos: photo one of W. Eugene Dimon with unidentified Japanese men, photo two of barracks at Pomona Assembly Center taken from the outside (?)
Box 619, Folder 6

Correspondence from friends formerly in the Pomona Assembly Center 1942-1943

Scope and Content Note

Majority from friends who were relocated to Heart Mountain Relocation Center in Wyoming. Undated letter accompanies the wooden key in Box 766.
Box 619, Folder 7

Clipping, "Conference hears Jap camp director" in Daily News (Los Angeles), page 3 1943 May 12

Box 766

Large wooden key labeled "Key to the Japanese Clan" 1942 August

Scope and Content Note

Given to Dimon by detainees
Box 872, Folder 1

Poster tribute to "Buck" Dimon from detainees in Pomona Assembly Center 1942?

Scope and Content Note

Written by Minister Korino
Box 872, Folder 2

Burlap triptych labeled "Arts and Crafts" 1942?

Scope and Content Note

Interior section contains sketches of people and letter addressed to Mr. "Buck" Dimon
Box 872, Folder 3

Mobile composed of wood carvings and popsicle sticks 1942 August 9

Scope and Content Note

Addressed to "Buck" thanking him for his work, signed by 14 people, wood carvings say Pomonans Recreation
Box 872, Folder 4

Paper scroll honoring Dimon from Pomona Assembly Center school 1948 August 8

Scope and Content Note

Signed by administration, teachers and students