Date Original

1943 June 16


This letter, written by Governor Homer Adkins, was in response to a letter from Edward Meeman, editor for the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Meeman had previously written to Governor Adkins asking if the Y.W.C.A. could hire a young interned Japanese-American woman as an arts and craft teacher for their camp in Hardy, Arkansas. Governor Adkins' response explains that the rules do not allow internees to leave the internment camps, which is for everyone's protection. He says he has refused all requests for employment of Japanese Americans outside the camps.

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. The Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) is an organization that works to advocate for women's leadership, peace, human rights, and Christian values. The organization worked on behalf of interned Japanese-American women and girls during World War II and after.

Physical Description

Letter, 8" x 10"


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


Adkins, Homer M.

Geographical Area

Memphis, Shelby County (Tenn.); Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 87

Resource Type



Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Governor Homer Adkins to Mr. Edward J. Meeman, 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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Letter, Governor Homer Adkins to Mr. Edward J. Meeman