Date Original

1942 April 27


This letter details a meeting between Arkansas Governor Homer Adkins and Mr. Whitaker, the assistant regional director of the War Department. It states Adkins' demands for the state of Arkansas if the displaced Japanese Americans are relocated to Arkansas.

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.

Physical Description

Letter, 2 pages, 8" x 10.5"


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--Concentration Camps--United States--Arkansas; Internment camps; Relocation camps; Employment


Whitaker, E.B.

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.); San Francisco, San Francisco County (Calif.)




MS.000404, Box 4, Folder 112, Item 8

Resource Type



Homer M. Adkins papers, MS.000404


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, E.B. Whitaker, assistant regional director, to Mr. Milton Eisenhower, War Relocation Authority director, 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, E.B. Whitaker, assistant regional director, to Mr. Milton Eisenhower, War Relocation Authority director