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Life Interrupted Collection, 1903-2005

Life Interrupted Collection, 1903-2005

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Life Interrupted Collection, 1903-2005 UALR.MS.0250

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201
archives@ualr.edu



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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-23T09:45-0500

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Life Interrupted Collection, 1903-2005
Dates: Bulk, 1941-2005
Dates: 1903-2005
Quantity: 46.15 Linear feet; 63 containers: 33 document boxes; 5 1/2 document boxes; 3 artifact boxes; 3 OV flat box; 7 flat boxes; 7 video boxes; 2 negative boxes; 2 OV items [stored off-site]
Identification: UALR.MS.0250
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Arrangement

Series I, arranged alphabetically by name of donor and by type of item thereunder; Series II, arranged in three subseries: Subseries I, arranged by subject, Subseries II, arranged by original source, Subseries III, arranged by type of item and alphabetical thereunder; Series III, arranged by format of item and assigned session number thereunder; Series IV, arranged by format of item and assigned sequence number thereunder; Series V, arranged by subject.

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains correspondence, books, periodicals, newspaper clippings, microfilm, photographs, videos, memorabilia, and digital media collected and created by the project, Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas, concerning the incarceration of Japanese and Japanese Americans at Rohwer Relocation Center (Desha County) and Jerome Relocation Center (Drew and Chicot Counties) in Arkansas, and includes the project's administrative files, research files, audiovisual materials from the conference, "Camp Connections: A Conversation about Civil Rights and Social Justice in Arkansas," (2004), footage for the documentary, Time of Fear (2005), and donations received from individuals concerning Japanese American internment.

This collection is arranged in five series:

Series I: Individual files

Arranged alphabetically by name of donor and by type of item thereunder. This series includes materials relating to Japanese American internment in Arkansas that have been donated or copied from individuals, including correspondence, photographs, digital media, yearbooks, and artifacts.

Series II: Research files

Arranged in three subseries.

Subseries I: arranged by subject. This subseries contains bibliographies, historiographical articles, and other research grouped together by the Life Interrupted project.

Subseries II: arranged by original source. This subseries contains copies of primary research materials gathered by the project from other repositories and archives.

Subseries III: arranged by type of item and alphabetical thereunder. This subseries contains published works collected by the project, including journal articles, monographs, dissertations, theses, periodical clippings, and videos.

Series III: Camp Connections conference audiovisual materials

Arranged by format of item and assigned session number thereunder. This series contains audio and video recordings of sessions at the conference, "Camp Connections: A Conversation about Civil Rights and Social Justice in Arkansas," on 2004 September 25. Also included are publicity materials concerning conference.

Series IV: Time of Fear audiovisual materials

Original documentary footage is arranged by the sequence number assigned during filming. Still images are arranged by the sequence number assigned to their original source (please note: bulk of the images are digital and were used in both the Time of Fear documentary and in some exhibits).

Series V: Administrative Project Files

Arranged by subject. This series contains correspondence, brochures, minutes, and digital files concerning the project's administrative activities, including organizing the Camp Connections conference, exhibits, and Time of Fear documentary.


Historical Note

Life Interrupted: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas originally premiered in 2004 as part of a joint effort by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Master's in Public History Program and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, with major funding provided by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.

Life Interrupted told the story of the 17,000 Japanese Americans who were dispossessed of their homes and property and sent to two camps in southeastern Arkansas for the duration of World War II. They were among 110,000 Japanese Americans forcibly removed from their homes on the Pacific Coast and Hawaii by the U.S. government, as authorized by Executive Order 9066.

Signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on 1942 February 19, the order granted the U.S. government authority to declare areas in the United States as military zones and relocate anyone with "foreign enemy ancestry" who were living in those areas. The entire West Coast and Hawaii were among the designated military areas, which led to the mass internment of those with Japanese heritage. Japanese Americans were forced to leave their homes and move to assembly centers, where they would then be transferred to an internment camp. In all, ten internment camps were constructed across the country.

The Life Interrupted project sought to raise awareness of the two internment camps in Arkansas: the Rohwer Relocation Center (Desha County) and the Jerome Relocation Center (Drew and Chicot Counties). To accomplish this mission, the Life Interrupted project collected documents, photographs, and artifacts related to internment, pursued conservation efforts for the two internment camps in Arkansas, and created and distributed curriculum materials for teachers.

The project also hosted a national conference in Little Rock, "Camp Connections: A Conversation about Civil Rights and Social Justice in Arkansas." Eight coordinated exhibitions around the city accompanied the conference, including "Against Their Will: The Japanese American Experience in World War II Arkansas," which is now permanently housed at the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee, Arkansas. Additionally, the project produced the documentary, Time of Fear, which aired on PBS stations in 2005.


Japanese Americans Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Arkansas--Jerome
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Arkansas--Rohwer

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for viewing at the Arkansas Studies Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

Copyright for correspondence in the collections belongs to those correspondents or their beneficiaries. Persons wanting to re-use those materials are advised to obtain permission from copyright holders.


Administrative Information

Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Life Interrupted Collection, 1903-2005, UALR.MS.0250. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, subseries number (if applicable), series number, Life Interrupted Collection, 1941-2005, UALR.MS.0250.


Related Material

UALR.MS.0043: Japanese American Relocation Center Newspapers

UALR SpecColl Film 254: Japanese American evacuation and resettlement records, ca. 1941-1953


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