Date Original

1942 February 26


Telegram asking for information on how the people of Arkansas will react to an influx of Japanese, German, and Italian evacuees and if work would be available for these individuals.

Biographical/Historical Note

After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9022, creating the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The WRA selected ten sites in which to imprison more than 110,000 persons of Japanese ancestry, over two-thirds of whom were American citizens. Two of these centers were in the Arkansas Delta, one at Rohwer in Desha County, and the other at Jerome in sections of Chicot and Drew counties. Over 16,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated in these two centers between October 1942 and November 1945. John Tolan of California was appointed Chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate Interstate Migration of Destitute Citizens in 1940. This committee was formed to study the migration of United States citizens from one state to the next after the economic troubles of the 1930's. Tolan was later called on to help with the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Physical Description

Telegram, 8" x 10"


Adkins, Homer Martin, 1890-1964; Evacuation of civilians; Military assistance; Military camps; Camps; Japanese; Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Employment


Tolan, John H.

Geographical Area

Porland, Multnomah County (Ore.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 4

Resource Type



Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Telegram, John H. Tolan, Chairman of the House Committee on Investigation of National Defense Migration to Governor Homer Adkins, Homer M. Adkins papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Additional Content

Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson papers, MG04582-MG04586; Austin Smith papers, 1942-1945, MG04350; Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Arts of the Japanese in Our War Relocation Camps, MG01299; Community Analysis Reports and Community Analysis Trend Reports of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946, MG03846-MG03847; Japanese Camp papers, MG03848-MG03869



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Telegram, John H. Tolan, Chairman of the House Committee on Investigation of National Defense Migration to Governor Homer Adkins