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Date Original

1944 June 29

Description

This is a letter to Hazel Retherford from an unknown sender from Arizona that appears to have been transferred to a relocation center there.

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. These camps were open from October 1942 to November 1945, with over 16,000 Japanese Americans incarcerated during that period. Hazel Linam Retherford was born on January 27, 1906. During World War II, she was a teacher at both the Jerome and Rohwer Japanese relocation centers in Arkansas, eventually helping to close both centers. She later went to Washington, District of Columbia, to complete War Relocation Authority records on the camps.

Physical Description

Letter, 8.5" x 11"

Subjects

Japanese; Japanese Americans; Internment camps; Military camps; Education

Geographical Area

McGehee, Desha County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MS.000643, Box 1, Folder 1, Item 16

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Hazel Retherford papers, MS.000643

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter to Hazel Retherford, Hazel Retherford papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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Additional Content

Hazel Retherford papers MS.000643; Amon Guy Thompson Papers MG04582 - MG04586; Austin Smith

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