Photo Caption: Portrait of Colonel C.W. Pence, first commander of the 442nd Regimental Combat
A collection of small collections (over 200 donations), mainly from private individuals from the Sacramento region. The collection’s strength is in the local history revealed of families and individuals affected by the internment as well as the details of life in camp through photographs, arts and crafts, letters, government documents, etc. The collection contains archival documentation that provides useful insights into the human experience of the camps. There is also an oral history collection that complements the archival sources and includes interviews with many of those who donated collections. There is an interesting combination of documentation across the collections, in part generated by Japanese Americans in the camps, as well as employees of the government in the camps who served as educators and medical personnel. One particularly interesting component of the collection is the files of a high school principle at one of the Poston camps and there is also a remarkable scrapbook by a public health nurse that documents life at the Crystal City camp. A limited number of images have been digitized. Most of the collection has not been digitized. A complete new finding that divides the collections as donated is in draft form.
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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