Guide to the Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play records, 1940-1951

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Guide to the Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records, 1940-1951

Collection number: BANC MSS C-A 171

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
Linda Jordan and Terence Padden
Date Completed:
December 1997
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1998 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records,
Date (inclusive): 1940-1951
Collection Number: BANC MSS C-A 171
Creator: Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play
Extent: Number of containers: 5 cartons and 8 boxes Linear feet: 9.55
Repository: The Bancroft Library.
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play records, BANC MSS C-A 171, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

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Material Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs transferred to the Pictorial Collections at The Bancroft Library
    Identifier/Call Number: (BANC PIC 1953.016)

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records were given to The Bancroft Library by Dr. Galen M. Fisher in 1952.


Funding for processing provided in part by a Library Services and Construction Act (LSCA), Title III: Networking, Preservation and Statewide Resource-sharing grant, 1994-1996.

Scope and Content

Materials relate to the evacuation, internment, and relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II. Correspondence includes requests for information from government agencies and officials, community groups, and private individuals. Committee records include in-house correspondence, memoranda, reports of activities, minutes of executive board meetings, financial records, and publications, including articles by Dr. Galen M. Fisher. Materials collected by the Committee for reference purposes include Japanese-American subject files relating to evacuation from the west coast, specific relocation centers, and resettlement legislative issues; War Relocation Authority files, including memoranda, reports, statements, press releases, and clippings which illustrate the committee's role in the interpretation and dissemination of government information; and, files for various organizations, which may include correspondence, minutes, reports, statements, and printed materials as well as clippings, all providing insight into the feelings of citizens connected to the situation.

Organization History

The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play was organized in January of 1943 with the express purpose of insuring the constitutional rights of persons of Japanese ancestry who had been evacuated from the Pacific Coast and relocated to the interior of the country by presidential proclamation in 1942.
The committee was an outgrowth of the Committee on National Security and Fair Play, which had been originally constituted in October 1941, under the name of the Northern California Committee for Fair Play for Citizens and Aliens of Japanese Ancestry. Among its founders and leading members were David P. Barrows, Monroe Deutsch, Josephine Duveneck, Galen M. Fisher, Henry Francis Grady, Ruth Kingman, Alfred J. Lundberg, Robert Millikan, Chester Rowell, Robert Gordon Sproul, Paul Taylor, and Ray Lyman Wilbur.
The committee acted as an unofficial public relations representative of the War Department, the Justice Department, the State Department, the War Relocation Authority, and any other government body or civil servant whose responsibility it was to express a considered opinion concerning persons of Japanese ancestry in the United States. The work of the committee included disseminating educational materials to the public, providing public speakers, holding conferences, correcting distorted statements in the press, carrying on a dialogue with governmental officials and leaders of community groups, investigating conditions at relocation centers and monitoring the return of the evacuees after the centers were closed. Chapters were formed in Fresno, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Portland, and Seattle.
After the closing of the relocation centers, committee members decided that other, broader based interracial, intercultural community organizations could more effectively continue the work of the committee and incorporate its programs into their own. To this end, the Pacific Coast Committee for American Principles and Fair Play dissolved itself in December 1945.

Scope and Content

The Pacific Coast Committee on American Principles and Fair Play Records date from 1940 to 1951, and relate to the evacuation, internment, and relocation of Japanese-Americans during World War II. The collection consists of a variety of materials, including correspondence, reports, minutes, and printed materials, which provide insight into the feelings of the citizens connected to this situation.
Correspondence includes requests for information from government agencies and community organizations as well as individuals. Committee records include memoranda, reports, minutes of Executive Board meetings, and financial records. Publications include articles by Dr. Galen M. Fisher.
The Japanese-American subject files include evacuation from the West Coast, materials regarding specific relocation centers, and resettlement legislative issues. The relationship of The Committee to the War Relocation Authority is illustrated by handwritten memos, reports, and statements. Of particular interest are field notes and interviews regarding the return of the Japanese-Americans to Northern California in the summer of 1945. A selection of clippings completes the collection.

Container List

Boxes 1-7


Scope and Content Note


Arranged chronologically or alphabetically, as appropriate.
Divided into three sub-series: General Correspondence: Incoming/Outgoing; In-House Correspondence: Incoming/Outgoing; and Correspondence Arranged by Subject. The series is a comprehensive record of the day to day activities of the Committee. General Correspondence: Incoming/Outgoing includes requests for information from government agencies and community groups as well as individuals. In-House Correspondence: Incoming/Outgoing includes minutes of many chapter meetings forwarded to headquarters in letter form. Correspondence Arranged By Subject is presented as the subjects were designated by the Committee.


Box 1, folder 1-13

Incoming/Outgoing March 1942-Sept. 1943

Box 2, folder 1-16

Incoming/Outgoing Oct. 1943-April 1944

Box 3, folder 1-14

Incoming/Outgoing May 1944-Oct. 1944

Box 4, folder 1-14

Incoming/Outgoing Nov. 1944-April 1945

Box 5, folder 1-13

Incoming/Outgoing May 1945-Dec. 1945



Box 6, folder 1-28

Incoming/Outgoing April 1942-June 1945

Box 7, folder 1-6

Incoming/Outgoing July 1945-Dec. 1945



Box 7, folder 7

Chinese Sept.-Oct. 1943

folder 8

Japanese-American Reemployment Jan.-Feb. 1945

folder 9

Lundberg, Alfred and Earl Warren July-Sept. 1943

folder 10-12

Membership requests Feb. 1943-Jan. 1945

folder 13-17

Publications requests April 1943-Dec. 1945

folder 18

Student Fair-Play Committees March 1943-Dec. 1944

Carton 1, folders 1-51


Scope and Content Note


Arranged hierarchically or alphabetically. Founding Documents, General Membership and Financial Records are arranged hierarchically. Sub-Committees is arranged alphabetically by name, while Chapters is arranged alphabetically by state and then by city. Publications is arranged hierarchically, with materials written by committee members followed by miscellaneous pamphlets.
Divided into six sub-series: Founding Documents, General Membership, Financial Records, Sub-Committees, Chapters, and Publications.
The series contains many one-of-a-kind Founding Documents, which outline the proposed structure of the organization. General Membership and Financial Records include minutes of meetings, reports, memos, statements, and annual reports. Sub-Committees includes minutes spanning the life of the Executive sub-committee. Although the remaining sub-committee files are not as comprehensive, most include minutes, membership lists, or policy statements. Chapters may include correspondence, membership lists, and policy statements created at the local level. Many chapters created minutes of meetings in the form of letters which were forwarded to headquarters; these can be found in Series 1, within the sub-series: In-House Correspondence: Incoming/Outgoing. Finally, Publications includes many articles written by Dr. Galen M. Fisher in various stages of completion, and miscellaneous publications by other organizations completes this series.


Ctn. 1, folder 1

By-Laws April 1943

folder 2

Articles of incorporation Dec. 1943

folder 3

Constitution draft n.d.

folder 4

History and purpose of the committee 1942-45



Ctn. 1, folder 5

Minutes 1942-44

folder 6

Reports 1942-45

folder 7

Memoranda 1942-45

folder 8

Statements 1943-44

folder 9-10

Conference on Interracial Coordination Jan. 10-11, 1945

folder 11

Press releases 1941-43

folder 12

Mailing lists 1942

folder 13-14

Form letters 1942-45



Ctn. 1, folder 15

Annual reports 1943-44

folder 16

Budget outlines 1944-45

folder 17

Cash disbursements 1943-45

folder 18-19

Contributions 1943-45

folder 20

Expense reports 1943-45

folder 21

Statements 1943-45

folder 22

Petty cash accounts 1943-45

folder 23

Salaries 1943-45

folder 24-26

Miscellaneous 1942-45




Advisory Board

Ctn. 1, folder 27

Correspondence 1943-44

folder 28

Membership lists 1943


Executive Committee

folder 29

Correspondence 1943

folder 30

Membership lists 1943

folder 31

Minutes 1943-45


Future Plans Committee

folder 32

Minutes July 16, 1945


Legislative Committee

folder 33

Minutes March 2, 1943


CHAPTERS, 1943-1945


Fresno, California

Ctn. 1, folder 34

Correspondence 1943-44

folder 35

Membership list July 1943


Los Angeles, California

folder 36-37

Correspondence 1943-45

folder 38

Statement of purpose n.d.

folder 39

Reports 1944-45

folder 40

Memos 1945

folder 41

Membership lists 1944


Advisory Board

folder 42

Correspondence and membership list 1944


Executive Committee

folder 43

Correspondence and membership list 1944


Pasadena, California

folder 44

Correspondence 1943-45

folder 45

Membership lists and statements 1943-45


Santa Barbara, California

folder 46

Minutes July 16, 1943


Portland, Oregon

folder 47

Minutes and membership list 1943


Seattle, Washington

folder 48

Correspondence and minutes 1943-44



Ctn. 1, folder 49-50

Writings by Dr. Galen M. Fisher 1941-46

folder 51

Miscellaneous pamphlets 1943-44

Carton 1, folders 52-63; Carton 2, folders 1-17


Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically by topic. Original headings as named by the committee have been retained, and within each topic, files are arranged with original materials, such as correspondence and memos presented first, followed by print materials and clippings.
Contains materials related to the Japanese-American evacuation, relocation, and resettlement at the end of World War II. Files may contain correspondence, reports, memos, essays, speeches, War Relocation Authority materials, pamphlets, and clippings. The variety of materials provides many insights into the feelings of citizens connected to this situation. One subject file may present views of religious organizations, local service clubs, and government agencies. Many eyewitness accounts are included in the form of memos and reports to The Committee, as well as speeches and essays.
Ctn. 1, folder 52

Dual citizenship 1942-43

folder 53-55

Evacuation from the West Coast 1941-45

folder 56

Harassment 1944-45

folder 57

Hawaii 1943-44

folder 58-59

Japanese-American Cultural Heritage 1942-45

folder 60

Legislative issues in California 1943

folder 61

Legislative resolutions in the California State Senate 1942-45

folder 62

Legislative resolutions in the United States Senate 1943-44

folder 63

Loyalty 1941-44

Ctn. 2, folder 1

Minorities in the United States 1941-45

folder 2

National Conference on Japanese Americans Nov. 8, 1945

folder 3

Opposition 1943-45

folder 4

Racism 1943-45

folder 5

Religious organizations 1942-45


Relocation Centers:

folder 6

Poston, Arizona n.d.

folder 7

Manzanar, California 1944-45

folder 8

Newell, California 1944

folder 9

Tule Lake, California 1943-44

folder 10

Granada, Colorado 1944

folder 11

Topaz, Utah 1943-44

folder 12-13

Resettlement on the West Coast 1944-45

folder 14

Secular groups 1941-45

folder 15-16

United States military 1943-45

folder 17

United States vs. Minoru Yasui Memorandum of Law n.d.

Carton 2, folders 18-28


Scope and Content Note


Arranged hierarchically.
Contains memoranda, reports, and statements, followed by materials issued by the House on Un-American Activities Committee, press releases, selected issues of WRA Newsletters, and clippings. Many of the memos are handwritten, detailed exchanges with The Committee, and along with reports and statements, illustrate the relationship of The Committee to the WRA and The Committee's role in the interpretation and dissemination of government information.
Ctn. 2, folder 18

Memoranda 1942-45

folder 19

Reports 1940-45

folder 20

Statements 1942-45

folder 21

House on Un-American Activities Committee 1943-44

folder 22-24

Press releases 1943-46

folder 25-26

Daily News Digest Oct. 1944-Dec. 1945

folder 27

Review of West Coast News Items July 1944-March 1945

folder 28

Clippings 1944-45

Carton 2, folders 29-39; Carton 3, folders 1-10


Scope and Content Note


Arranged alphabetically.
Individual files may include copies of correspondence, minutes, reports, statements, newsletters, pamphlets, and clippings. Of particular interest are field notes and interviews regarding the return of the Japanese-Americans to Northern California in the summer of 1945, which can be found in the file on the American Council on Race Relations.
Ctn. 2, folder 29

American Baptist Home Mission Society 1945

folder 30

American Council on Race Relations 1944-46

folder 31

American Friends Service Committee 1944-46

folder 32

American Legion 1943-45

folder 33

California Councils for Civic Unity 1944-45

folder 34

Committee for Equality in Naturalization 1951

folder 35

Committee on Christian Democracy 1946

folder 36

Council on Alien Relations 1944-45

folder 37

Friends of the American Way 1944-45

folder 38

Home Missions Council of North America 1945

folder 39

Japanese American Citizens League 1940-45

Ctn. 3, folder 1

Los Angeles Coordinating Committee for Resettlement 1945

folder 2-3

Los Angeles County Committee for Interracial Progress 1944-48

folder 4

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1945

folder 5

National Japanese American Student Relocation Council 1943-45

folder 6

Protestant Church Commission for Japanese Service 1945

folder 7

San Francisco C.I.O. Council 1942-43

folder 8

Welfare Council of Metropolitan Los Angeles 1946

folder 9

Young Men's Christian Association 1945-46

folder 10

Young Women's Christian Association 1942-45

Carton 3, folders 11-36; Cartons 4-5; Box 8

SERIES 6: CLIPPINGS, 1942-1945.

Scope and Content Note


Arranged chronologically.
Ctn. 3, folder 11

Clippings 1942

folder 12-36

Clippings Jan. 1942-July 1944

Ctn. 4, folder 1-24

Clippings Aug. 1944-March 1945

Ctn. 5, folder 1-40

Clippings April 1945-Nov. 1945

Box 8, folder 1-14

Clippings Dec. 1945