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INVENTORY OF THE J. RALPH MCFARLING COLLECTION, 1942-2007
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • History
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: McFarling (J. Ralph) Collection
    Dates: 1943-2007
    Dates: 1943-1946
    Collection Number: Consult repository.
    Creator: McFarling, J. Ralph (Joseph Ralph)
    Extent: 1 box, [0.5 linear ft]
    Repository: California State University, Dominguez Hills Archives and Special Collections
    Archives & Special Collection
    University Library, Room 5039
    1000 E. Victoria Street
    Carson, California 90747
    Phone: (310) 243-3013
    URL: http://www.csudh.edu/archives/csudh/index.html
    Abstract: This collection contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling, a Community Analyst for the War Relocation Authority, documenting the Amache Concentration Camp in Granada, Colorado where Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II.
    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administration Information

    Access

    There are no access restrictions on this collection.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Title of item], J. RALPH MCFARLING COLLECTION, Courtesy of the Department of Archives and Special Collections. University Library. California State University, Dominguez Hills

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were donated by Eileen Neill to the California State University Archives at California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2011.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Gregory Williams and Michele McKinnon Fricke, 2011.

    History

    Joseph Ralph McFarling was a Community Analyst for the War Relocation Authority at Granada Relocation Center in Amache, Colorado during the war. He was born in Rock Port, Missouri on May 11, 1901 attending the Univeristy of Missouri, Methodist College in Cameron, the University of Chicago, Moody Bible Institute and University of Denver. He was the deputy Postmaster in Rock Port. Later, he worked at the boy’s reformatory in Jefferson City and a welfare worker for Atchison County. After the war, he was transferred to Seattle, Washington to help establish communities for relocated Japanese-Americans. He died in Seattle on October 9, 1977. While at Granada Relocation Center, he reported to John H. Provinse and Edward Spicer, two noted anthropologists.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials generated by J. Ralph McFarling documenting the Amache Concentration Camp in Granada, Colorado where Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II. It contains a ten page typescript memoir entitled The Day the Ban was Lifted by McFarling describing conditions in the camp, weekly reports written by McFarling to the War Relocation Administration, namely his supervisors John H. Provinse and Ned (Edward H.) Spicer (1944-1945), memos and other data relating to camp management, letters from former prisoners who discuss their resettlement throughout the United States, a “resettlement” handbook and guides to the Amache camp published at the camp. There is also a Smithsonian pamphlet entitled The Japanese published in 1943, a pamphlet entitled The Displaced Japanese-Americans published by the American Council on Public Affairs and a pamphlet entitled Japan by the editors of Fortune Magazine, 1944. Other materials include four camp photographs and three watercolor paintings of concentration camp barracks and their desert surroundings by Hajime Takata.

    Arrangement

    Materials are arranged in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects

    Japanese-Americans
    Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

    Personal Names

    McFarling, Joseph Ralph
    Provinse, John H. (John Henry), 1897-1965
    Spicer, Edward H. (Edward Holland), 1906-1983

    Corporate Names

    United States. War Relocation Authority
    Granada Relocation Center—Amache (Colo.)

    Geographic Names

    Amache (Colo.)