Scope and Content
Title: TOMO Foundation Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1942-1944
Extent: 9 linear inches
Photographs: In box 1.
Henry Madden Library (California State University, Fresno).
Sanoian Special Collections Library.
The collection was donated by the TOMO Foundation in 1987.
The collection is open for research.
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
[Identification of item], TOMO Foundation Collection, Sanoian Special Collections
Library, California State University, Fresno.
The TOMO Foundation in Illinois donated the collection which contains relocation
documents by and about the Japanese-Americans during World War II.
Scope and Content
The TOMO Foundation collection measures 9 linear inches and dates from 1942 to 1944. The
collection is arranged in ten series: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Michigan,
Ohio, Wyoming, Utah, Unidentified relocation centers, and Government reports.
The collection contains information predominantly from various relocation centers. There
is also documentation from nonrelocation center locations. Most of the newsletters
(arranged in chronological order) and reports were written from the perspective of
Japanese-Americans at the various relocation centers. The photographs portray the
conditions at the relocation centers and were taken by M. Graw, Tom Parker, and Francis
Stewart, employees of the War Relocation Authority, the body responsible for the centers.
The attached photograph addendum describes the photographs in further detail with
descriptions provided by the War Relocation Authority in Denver.
Arizona series (1942-1943) contains newsletters from the
Colorado River and Gila River Relocation Centers. There is also a report of disturbance
at the Colorado River center at Poston, due to a rumors that some members received
payments from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to spy on fellow
Japanese-Americans at the camp.
Arkansas series (1942-1943) includes newsletters from the
relocation center in Jerome. There is a letter by a Japanese-American, describing the
conditions and treatments received at the center.
Reports were written by Japanese-American residents at the Central Utah Relocation Center
Utah (1942-1943), on topics such as the status of the
Japanese in WWII and coping with relocation. The Wakasa incident includes details from
both the officials' and Japanese-Americans' perspective of the shooting of an elderly
Japanese-American man by an American officer at the camp.
Government reports series (1942-1944) is comprised of
official government documents on the conditions of the relocation centers and the
treatment of Japanese-Americans while at these camps. The National Defense Migration
Report relates to the segregation of Japanese-Americans at the relocation centers.