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Guide to the Morrish Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
  • Other Finding Aids

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Morrish collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1942-1958
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1942-1945)
    Collection number: M-301
    Creator: Morrish, J. Elmer (1886-1957)
    Extent: 2,500 documents 25 online items
    Repository: Redwood City Public Library. History Room.
    Redwood City, California 94063
    Abstract: The Morrish Collection includes the case files that were produced by J. Elmer Morrish of the Japanese-Americans from Redwood City who were interned during the War. The bulk of the collection is original correspondence from the internees to Morrish and carbon copies of the correspondence sent by Morrish to the internees. Other records include tax bills, government forms, and bank statements. The case files are arranged by family surname. References to J. Elmer Morrish, as well as all the Japanese-Americans, are listed in the Local History general inventory database.
    Language: English.
    Selected digitized photographs available online.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    The Morrish Collection is open for research, however the materials must be viewed in the Local History Room with assistance of Library staff.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights of the materials in the Morrish Collection reside with the Redwood City Public Library. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. The materials are intended for educational and scholarly research only; any other kind of use may be subject to restrictions. Users are solely responsible for determining the existence of such rights and for obtaining and/or paying for proposed use.

    Preferred Citation

    Morrish Collection, Local History Collection, Redwood City Public Library.

    Acquisition Information

    Materials were donated anonymously to the Local History Collection at the Redwood City Public Library in June of 1990.

    Project Information: Surviving the Internment: Redwood City Remembers

    Redwood City Public Library received a Library Services and Technology Act grant to promote the preservation of the history of the local Japanese-American community. The project was based on the correspondence included in the Morrish Collection referred to above. Library staff solicited donations of other historical materials from local residents, and also conducted interviews of individuals from the community who were interned during the War. Footage from the interviews, selected letters from the Morrish Collection, photographs from various sources, and excerpts from a graduate student thesis are featured on a multi-media website .

    Biography

    J. Elmer Morrish was Vice President of the First National Bank in Redwood City where most of the Japanese-Americans kept their financial accounts at the start of World War II. Morrish corresponded with the internees throughout the War, overseeing their personal and business affairs at home. He paid property taxes, hired workers for nurseries, and helped deliver supplies to the internment camps. Morrish also managed the business operations of the California Chrysanthemum Growers Assn.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Morrish Collection includes the case files that were produced by J. Elmer Morrish of the Japanese-Americans from Redwood City who were interned during the War. The bulk of the collection is original correspondence from the internees to Morrish and carbon copies of the correspondence sent by Morrish to the internees. Other records include tax bills, government forms, and bank statements. The case files are arranged by family surname. References to J. Elmer Morrish, as well as all the Japanese-Americans, are listed in the Local History general inventory database.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Subjects

    Morrish, J. Elmer (Joseph Elmer), 1886-1957
    First National Bank
    California Chrysanthemum Growers Association
    War Relocation Authority
    Topaz (Utah)
    Redwood City (Calif.)
    San Bruno (Calif.)
    Tule Lake (Calif.)
    Assembly Centers--California
    Banking--California--Redwood City
    Floral Industry--California--Redwood City
    History--California--Redwood City
    Internment Camps--United States
    Japanese-Americans--California--Redwood City--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
    World War, 1939-1945--Japanese-Americans

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Correspondence

    Other Finding Aids

    A record-group finding aid is also available for the Morrish Collection.