“Relocating A People”
This brochure, c. 1942, provided general statistics about Japanese Americans from the 1940 census. The brochure encouraged US citizens to employ Japanese Americans as they were relocated during World War II.
The quote on the cover from Pres. Roosevelt says, “I am glad to observe that the War Department, the Navy Department, the War Manpower Commission, the Department of Justice, and the War Relocation Authority are collaborating in a program which will assure the opportunity for all loyal Americans, including Americans of Japanese ancestry, to serve their country at a time when the fullest and wisest use of our manpower is all-important to the war effort.”
Observing Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
To pay tribute to the many generations of Asian-Pacific Americans that have enriched our nation’s history, the National Archives at Riverside will be highlighting some of our holdings relating to Asian American history in our region (Southern California, Arizona, and Clark County, NV), including records relating to enforcement of the Chinese Exclusion Act, records relating to Japanese internment and relocation, and many more.
For more information about Asian-Pacific Heritage Month, see http://asianpacificheritage.gov/
This photo from the Truman Library is of a Christmas party at the Department of the Interior. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael Straus hand out glasses of punch to staff. December 23, 1947.
from the Truman Library
Do you partake of punch at holiday office parties?
1940s Women in the Military Rag Dolls
Millions of young Americans served in America’s military during World War II. With FDR’s support their ranks included 350,000 women, who served as nurses and in special service branches established throughout the military.
These four dolls, made in 1944 by Mrs. W.W. McGee of Fitzgerald, Florida, represent different branches of the U.S. military and commemorate the service of American women in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps during the war. Mrs. McGee sent these dolls to President Roosevelt as a gift.
Celebrating V-J Day
The surrender of Japan during World War II was announced on August 14, 1945, effectively ending the war, although the official Instrument of Surrender would not be signed until September 2, 1945. Germany had surrendered 3 months earlier on May 7, 1945.
- “American servicemen and women gather in front of ’Rainbow Corner’ Red Cross club in Paris to celebrate the unconditional surrender of the Japanese.” August 15, 1945, McNulty, Photographer, (111-SC-210241)
- “Enlisted men aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga (CV-14) hear the news of Japan’s surrender.”, 08/14/1945
- New York City celebrating the surrender of Japan. They threw anything and kissed anybody in Times Square., 08/14/1945
- V-J Day in New York City. Crowds gather in Times Square to celebrate the surrender of Japan., 08/15/1945
- GI’s at the Rainbow Corner Red Cross Club in Paris, France, whoop it up after buying the special edition of the Paris Post, which carried the banner headline, “JAPS QUIT.”