Register of the Thomas Ray Bodine Papers, 1941-1982

Prepared by Rebecca J. Mead
Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford University
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Phone: (650) 723-3563
Fax: (650) 725-3445
Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
© 1999
Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Register of the Thomas Ray Bodine Papers, 1941-1982

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Hoover Institution Archives
  • Stanford University
  • Stanford, California 94305-6010
  • Phone: (650) 723-3563
  • Fax: (650) 725-3445
  • Email: archives@hoover.stanford.edu
Prepared by:
Rebecca J. Mead
Date Completed:
1985
© 1999 Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas Ray Bodine Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1941-1982
Collection number: 82035
Creator: Bodine, Thomas Ray, 1915-
Collection Size: 11 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 3 envelopes (5 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, notes, memoranda, reports, newsletters, printed matter, and photographs, relating to relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, and to the placement of Japanese-American students in colleges.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Ray Bodine Papers, [Box no.], Hoover Institution Archives.

Access Points

Education.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945--Education and the war.
World War, 1939-1945--United States.
United States.

Biographical Note

On December 7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Thomas R. Bodine was in training for foreign service with the American Friends Service Committee. As a result, rather than being sent overseas, he was assigned to Seattle, Washington, to aid the Japanese-American population on the West Coast. He arrived in late January, several weeks before President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 (Feb. 19, 1942). During the months of January and February, the Seattle Friends Committee (as well as other West Coast Friends committees) was active in helping Japanese-Americans relocate voluntarily to the interior of the country, and performed an important role in advising and informing the Japanese-American population about the events which culminated in the order of March 2, 1942, excluding all persons of Japanese ancestry from the area.
Through the spring and early summer, as Japanese-Americans were collected in assembly centers and subsequently transferred to more permanent relocation centers, the Friends Committees provided many important services such as preparation for evacuation, transportation, provision of food and supplies, and agitation for improvement of camp conditions. Even before internment was an established fact, efforts of religious, educational and other service organizations focused on relocation of individuals from the camps. The attempt to relocate college students was formalized on May 29 1942, with the establishment of the National Japanese-American Student Relocation Council (NJASRC). In June, Thomas Bodine went from Seattle to the West Coast office of the NJASRC, located in Berkeley, which had been set up to deal with the logistical arrangements for student relocation. In December, 1942, following internal administrative problems, he became the West Coast Director. In February of 1943, the decision was made to centralize the program in Philadelphia to allow closer contact with the War Relocation Authority, as well as educational institutions and cooperating service organizations on the East Coast. At that time, Thomas Bodine became the NJASRC Field Director, traveling to the various relocation centers as the liaison between counselors and students and the main office. He continued in this position until 1945, when he was reassigned to duty overseas in France.

Scope and Content of Collection

Correspondence, writings, notes, memoranda, reports, newsletters, printed matter, and photographs, relating to relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II, and to the placement of Japanese-American students in colleges.

Container List

Box 1

SPEECHES AND WRITINGS, 1942-1982.

Scope and Content Note

Drafts, notes, clippings, correspondence, transcripts, printed copies, arranged chronologically.
Box 1, Folder 1

Speech notes (mostly handwritten, some typed notes and transcripts)

 

Published Material

Folder 2

Correspondence (regarding publications)

 

Articles

Folder 3

Japanese Evacuation, AFSERCO News Vol. 2, 1942 June.

Folder 4

The Japanese Displacement, Friends Intelligencer, 1942 June 6. Includes drafts.

Folder 5

For Reasons of Military Necessity, Alumni Record, Germantown Friends School, 1943 April 15. Includes drafts.

Folder 6

From Camp to College, 1944. National Japanese Student Relocation Council pamphlet. Includes drafts.

Folder 7

Holograph of projected book, 1982

Box  1-2

CORRESPONDENCE, 1941-1981.

Scope and Content Note

Personal correspondence with friends and family. Arranged chronologically.
Box 1

General

Folder 8

n.d.

 

1941 Dec.-1942 April

Folder 9

1942 May-July

Folder 10

1942 Aug.-1943 Jan.

Folder 11

1943 Feb.-Oct.

Folder 12

1943 Nov.-1945; 1981

Box 2

Family (includes many picture postcards and trip itineraries)

Folder 1

1942 Jan.

Folder 2

1942 Feb.-April

Folder 3

1942 May-July

Folder 4

1942 Aug.-Oct.

Folder 5

1942 Nov.-Dec.

Folder 6

1943 Jan.-Feb.

Folder 7

1943 March-1944 June

Folder 8

1944 Nov.-1945 Jan.

Box 2-10

SUBJECT FILE, 1941-1982.

Scope and Content Note

Pamphlets, newspaper clippings, leaflets, bulletins, newsletters, agency reports, manuscripts and miscellany, relating predominately to the issue of Japanese-American displacement during World War II. Includes extensive materials of the National Japanese-American Student Relocation Council. Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Box 2

Japanese-American displacement during World War II

 

General

Folder 9

General

Folder 10

Gordon Hirabayashi case

 

Correspondence

 

Newsletter reports ( Pacific Cable)

 

Notes

 

Printed material

Folder 11-12

Pamphlets and brochures

Folder 13

Clippings

Folder 14

Non-printed material

Box 3

Evacuation, 1942

 

General

Folder 1

Printed material

 

U.S. House of Representatives, Select Committee Investigating National Defense Migration (John H. Tolan, Chairman)

Folder 2

Part 29, San Francisco hearings

Folder 3

Part 30, Portland and Seattle hearings

Folder 4

Part 31, Los Angeles and San Francisco hearings

Folder 5

Non-printed material

 

General

 

American Friends Service Committee

 

General

 

Evacuation bulletins

 

Evacuation reports

 

Internment, 1942-1945

Folder 6

General

Folder 7

Printed material

 

Non-printed material

 

General

 

Camp publications

Folder 8

General

 

Granada, Amache, Colorado

 

Heart Mountain, Heart Mountain, Wyoming

Folder 9

Minidoka, Hunt, Idaho

 

Rohwer, McGehee, Arkansas

Folder 10

Topaz (Central Utah), Topaz, Utah

Box 4

Government publications

 

War Relocation Authority

Folder 1

General

Folder 2

Annotated Bibliographies

 

Community Analysis Reports

Folder 3

Project Analysis Series

 

Press Releases

 

Wartime Civil Control Commission

 

Relocation and resettlement, 1943-1945

 

General

 

General

Folder 4

General

 

Printed material

 

Non-printed material

 

General

 

War Relocation Authority

 

General

 

Handbook Inserts

 

Post-Exclusion Bulletins

 

American Friends Service Committee

Folder 5

General

 

Correspondence

 

1942 March-June

Folder 6

1942 July-1945 March

Folder 7

Printed material

 

Non-printed material

 

Student relocation (National Japanese-American Student Relocation Council)

Folder 8

General

 

General

 

General

Folder 9

O'Brien, Robert. Typescript copies of chapters from O'Brien, Robert and Roger Daniels, The College Nisei, Salem, NH: Arno Co., 1979 (reprinted from 1949 edition).

Scope and Content Note

Includes notes and correspondence.
 

#4: The Fateful Decisions

 

#5: The Tolan Hearings

 

#7: The NJASR Council

 

#10: Wartime Supreme Court Decisions

Box 5, Folder 1

Parkville, Missouri. Case study of community reaction to relocated students.

Folder 2

Printed material

 

Non-printed material

 

Bulletins, 1942

Folder 3

Newssheets, 1945

 

Correspondence, General

Folder 4

General, 1942 Oct.-1982 March

 

Cooperating Organizations

Folder 5

General

 

Columbia Foundation (Mrs. Charles DeYoung (Marjorie) Elkus)

Folder 6

Young Men's/Women's Christian Associations

Folder 7

Individuals

 

Barnett, Arthur G.

 

Buck, Pearl S.

 

Carr, Ralph L.

 

Keller, Helen

 

Niles, Emory H.

 

Roosevelt, Eleanor

 

Van Der Rohe, Mies

 

Relocation Centers

Folder 8

General (includes system-wide mailings)

 

Newsletters

 

Projects

Folder 9

Adrian Farm Labor, Nyssa, Oregon

Folder 10

Colorado River, Poston, Arizona

Folder 11

Gila River, Rivers, Arizona

Folder 12

Granada, Amache, Colorado

Folder 13

Heart Mountain, Heart Mountain, Wyoming

Folder 14

Jerome, Denson, Arkansas

Folder 15

Manzanar, Manzanar, California

Folder 16

Minidoka, Hunt, Idaho

Folder 17

Rohwer, McGehee, Arkansas

Folder 18

Topaz (Central Utah), Topaz, Utah

Folder 19

Tule Lake, Newell, California

Folder 20

U.S. Government Agencies

 

General

 

General

 

State Department, Joseph C. Grew

 

War Relocation Agency

 

General

 

Office of the Director, Dillon S. Myer

 

Community Analysis Section

 

Community Management Division

 

Reports and Publications

 

Division

Box 6, Folder 1

Universities

 

Correspondence, Internal (SEE ALSO: Japanese-American Displacement/Relocation and resettlement/General/American Friends Service Committee/Correspondence)

Folder 2

1942 May-Dec.

Folder 3

1943 Jan.-April

Folder 4

1943 May

Folder 5

1943 June-July

Folder 6

1943 August

Folder 7

1943 Sept.-Oct.

Folder 8

1943 Nov.-Dec.

Folder 9

1944 Jan.-Feb.

Folder 10

1944 March-April

Box 7, Folder 1

1944 May-July

Folder 2

1944 Aug.-Oct.

Folder 3

1944 Nov.-Dec.

Folder 4

1945 Jan.-Sept.

 

Correspondence, Student

Folder 5

General (includes form letters)

Folder 6

Representative case study

 

Selected letters (selected by Thomas R. Bodine as source materials for proposed book)

Folder 7

1942 April-Sept.

Folder 8

1942 Oct.

Folder 9

1942 Nov.-Dec.

Folder 10

1943 Jan.

Folder 11

1943 Feb.

Folder 12

1943 March

Folder 13

1943 April

Folder 14

1943 May

Folder 15

1943 June

Folder 16

1943 July-Sept.

Folder 17

1943 Oct.-Dec.

Folder 18

1944

Folder 19

1945-1946

Box 8, Folder 1

Specially Selected Letters (used as source material by Thomas R. Bodine for his talks)

Folder 2, 3

Other student letters

 

Materials and Procedures

Folder 4

Forms

Folder 5, 6

Lists of schools

Folder 7

Notes

Folder 8

Procedures

Folder 9

Student security clearances

 

Typical dossier memos

 

Rejections

Folder 10

Itineraries for Thomas R. Bodine, Field Director, NJASRC

Folder 11

Minutes of Meetings

 

Notes

Folder 12

Administrative

Folder 13

On NJASRC files in Hoover Archives (made by Thomas R. Bodine in 1981)

Box 9

Reports

Folder 1

Field reports

Folder 2

Financial reports

Folder 3

Meeting reports

Folder 4

Progress reports

 

Post-war relief and reparations, 1947-1982

 

Printed material

Folder 5

Clippings

Folder 6

U.S. Department of the Interior, People in Motion, 1947

 

Non-printed material

Folder 7

Japanese-Canadians, 1944-1957

 

Correspondence (case study)

 

Printed material

 

Military service, 1941-1945

 

Conscientious objectors

Folder 8

General. Civilian Public Service Corps (American Friends Service Committee)

 

Correspondence regarding Thomas Bodine's status

Folder 9

Registering as C.O., 1941

Folder 10

Classified as 2-A, 1942

Folder 11

2-A classification continued, 1943

Folder 12

2-A classification challenged, 1944

Folder 13

Reclassification as 4-E, returned to 2-A, 1945

Folder 14

Printed material

Folder 15

Non-printed material

 

General

 

Absolutist War Objectors Association, The Absolutist, 1943 Oct.-1944 March. Newsletter.

Box 10, Folder 1

Japanese-Americans

 

Quakers--policies and activities, 1942-1945

Folder 2

General

 

American Friends Service Committee

 

General

Folder 3

General

 

Correspondence

Folder 4

Printed Material

 

Non-printed Material

 

Bulletins

 

Newsletters

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Civilian Public Service Corps (SEE: Military service/Conscientious objectors/General/CPS)

 

Japanese-American relocation (SEE: Japanese-American displacement/Evacuation/Non-printed material/AFSC; ALSO: Japanese-American displacement/Relocation and resettlement/General/AFSC)

 

U.S. House of Representatives, Un-American Activities Committee (Martin Dies, Chairman), 1943

Folder 5

General

 

Eberharter, Herman P. (Member, Costello subcommittee) Dissenting statement on subcommittee findings and conclusions, 1943

 

War Relocation Authority

 

Comments on press reports of testimony, 1943 May-June

 

Statement on testimony of Harold H. Townsend before Costello subcommittee on May 26, 1943. 1943 July 7

Box 10-11

NOTEBOOK FILE, 1941-1947.

Scope and Content Note

Small pocket notebooks containing information about Thomas Bodine's work with the American Friends Service Committee and the National Japanese-American Student Relocation Council. Includes summary notes by T.R. Bodine. Arranged chronologically.
Box 10, Folder 6

1941 Dec.-1942 April

Folder 7

1942 May-July

Folder 8

1942 Aug.-Dec.

Folder 9

1943 Jan.-May

Box 11, Folder 1

1943 June-Dec.

Folder 2

1943 Feb.-Aug.

Folder 3

1944 Sept.-1947 Jan.

 

OVERSIZE FILE, n.d.

Box 12

1 poster stating West Coast evacuation measures

 

1 banner announcing relocation center visit of Thomas Bodine

 

1 art print by unidentified artist

 

AUDIOVISUAL FILE, c. 1941-1946.

Envelope A

1 print of adult education class at Manzanar relocation center (by Dorothea Lange); 7 prints of Poston or Gila River relocation center; 7 prints of Puyallup evacuation camp (6 duplicates); 3 prints of Thomas Bodine with colleagues; 1 print of unidentified Japanese-American students; 1941-1946

Envelope mB

4 mounted prints (one by Dorothea Lange) of relocation centers 1942-1943

Envelope mC

6 prints (one by Dorothea Lange)of relocation centers 1942-1944