Date Original

1943 June 25


Telegram from Dr. W.B. Grayson informing Governor Adkins of a rumor he had heard, the rumor being that all relocation camps would soon be sending active tuberculosis patients to Arkansas for isolation and treatment. Dr. Grayson warns against such action. He states that Western states are better suited for treatment of tuberculosis.

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. Dr. W.B. Grayson was Arkansas' State Health Officer and a member of the Arkansas Medical Society.

Physical Description

Telegram, 8" x 6"


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; Medical aspects; Sick persons; Tuberculosis


Grayson, W.B.

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); Washington, District of Columbia.




MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 88

Resource Type



Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Telegram, Dr. W.B. Grayson to Governor Homer M. 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, Dr. W.B. Grayson to Governor Homer M. Adkins