The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement: A Digital Archive
Title: Pearl Harbor Attack Guided by Arrows, Pre-evacuation newspaper clippings, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 318, Folder W 2.50:3

December 1941
Attack on Pearl Harbor

Title: Magazine articles by evacuees, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 317, Folder W 2.47

February 1942
Executive Order 9066

Title: Magazine articles by evacuees, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 317, Folder W 2.47

March 1942
Removal

Title: Grant proposals and outlines, progress reports and budgets, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 299, Folder W 1.51

May 1942
The Study

Title: Topaz Volunteers for the U.S. Army, Creator: United States. War Relocation Authority, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 95, Folder H 8.10

September 1943
The "Disloyal"

Title: Topaz Times, Creator: Central Utah Relocation Center, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 95, Folder H 11.01

December 1944
9066 Rescinded

Title: Newspaper clippings, Northern California (primarily), Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 326, Folder W 2.54:2

March 1946
Resettlement

May 1942
The Study

Dorothy Swaine Thomas initiated the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS) in the spring of 1942. Thomas was a professor of rural sociology with expertise in social demography at the University of California, Berkeley. She proposed the study as a multi-disciplinary approach to documenting and analyzing a significant sociological event.

In May 1942, Thomas secured the full cooperation of the War Relocation Authority and subsequently received funding for the study from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Columbia Foundation, the Giannini Foundation, and the University of California. Thomas recruited a small group of Nisei and non-Japanese college students, primarily from the Berkeley campus. The Nisei staff worked mainly as participant observers in selected temporary detention centers and confinement sites while the remaining staff worked as fieldworkers and in the Berkeley and Chicago offices.

Title: Grant proposals and outlines, progress reports and budgets, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 299, Folder W 1.51
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Title: Grant proposals and outlines, progress reports and budgets
Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study
Role: Compiler
Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 299, Folder W 1.51
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A draft of the research proposal for the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study describing the purpose of the investigation.

Title: Memos to field collaborators and staff, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 299, Folder W 1.47
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Title: Memos to field collaborators and staff
Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study
Role: Compiler
Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 299, Folder W 1.47
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There were many difficulties establishing a framework for data collection and reporting, as discussed in this memo from Dorothy Swaine Thomas to field collaborators a few months into the study.

Title: Correspondence to Robert G. Sproul, Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study, Role: Compiler, Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 297, Folder W 1.35
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Title: Correspondence to Robert G. Sproul
Creator: Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study
Role: Compiler
Call number: BANC MSS 67/14 c, Box 297, Folder W 1.35
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Many parties were interested in the reports and findings of JERS staff, including the War Relocation Authority and Congressional Investigation Committees. Dorothy Swaine Thomas refused any direct access to JERS material for the duration of the war. The sensitive nature of the study and outsider interest required her to regularly consult with the Attorney for the Regents of the University of California and President Robert Sproul.

 
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