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Letters and Papers of Remsen Bird

In the winter of 1942, shortly after the Pearl Harbor bombings and the proposed internment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans, President Remsen Bird of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, became concerned with the prospects of thousands of Japanese American college students who had their education involuntarily interrupted, particularly the six current and three prospective students at his college.

Five hundred letters and documents saved by Bird and College Librarian Elizabeth McCloy make up the papers of Remsen Bird on the Japanese American evacuation. Of these, over 180 are in the online archive. They encompass efforts by Bird to place Occidental students in colleges in the East to avoid their being interned, conditions and experiences in the camps, educators' concerns about the evacuation, and obtaining relevant documents for the historical record. They include letters to and from Occidental students and faculty and people involved with the education or evacuation of Japanese American students.

  • For more information, consult the:

    Research Guide
    Series I: Correspondence and papers of Remsen Bird


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