Collections



Brown, Grace Thorson Papers, 1938-2005 (bulk 1942-1943). Accession Number 11453, .25 cubic ft. (1 box). Contains newspaper clippings, photographs, student newspapers, employment records, War Relocation Authority documents and correspondence, and materials from a 2000 event sponsored by the Japanese American National Museum by this Heart Mountain Relocation Center teacher, who taught from 1942-1943.
• See http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah11453.xml

Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.) Records, 1943-1945. Accession Number 09804, 1.25 cubic ft. (3 boxes). Contains the Heart Mountain charter, community minutes, notes on resettlement plans, transcripts of a trial, and documents in Japanese. Editions of the "Heart Mountain Sentinel" (in Japanese) are also included.
• See http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah11396.xml

Hunt, Lester C. (Lester Calloway), 1892-1954. Papers, 1936-1954. Accession Number: 270. 46 cubic ft. (46 boxes). Collection contains Hunt's subject files as Governor of Wyoming (1936-1948) and as U. S. Senator (1949-1954); personal correspondence (1934-1954); twelve scrapbooks (1938-1954) and speeches on miscellaneous topics.

Ishigo, Estelle. Photographs, ca. 1928-ca. 1972. Accession Number 10368, .25 cubic ft. (1 box) Collection contains 21 photographs of the Ishigo family from ca. 1928-1972; and 101 photographs of sketches made by Estelle Ishigo, a Caucasian married to Arthur Ishigo, who were transferred to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center from 1942-1945. Many of the drawings were used in her book "Lone Heart Mountain" and focus on daily life at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

Kennedy, T. Blake. Papers, 1892-1957. Accession Number 405, 4.34 cubic ft. (10 boxes). Collection contains a detailed two-volume memoir written by Kennedy in 1956; correspondence (1924-1957) dealing with court cases and other legal matters; speeches and addresses (1950-1956); opinions of cases (1924-1955); and ten scrapbooks. Kennedy (1874-1956) served as a U. S. District Judge of Wyoming from 1922-1955 and the presiding judge of the Japanese-American draft resisters from the Heart Mountain Relocation Center neat Cody, Wyoming during World War II.

McKay, Susan. Papers, 1993-2002. Accession Number 400036, 2.94 cubic ft. (6 boxes). Contains recorded interviews, books, articles and other research materials pertaining to this University of Wyoming professor�s book "Courage Our Stories Tell." There are also photographic materials, correspondence, records and other materials related to the Heart Mountain Internment Camp in Wyoming.
• See http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah400036.xml

Nelson, John A. Papers, 1942-1945. Accesion Number 05325, 45 cubic ft. (1 box). The collection includes typed transcriptions plus a few handwritten pages of the diary John A. Nelson kept while at Heart Mountain, July 29, 1942-June 26, 1943. There are several speeches about the War Relocation Authority and Japanese internment; records of arrivals of internees at Heart Mountain from August-September 1942; a chronology of evacuation and relocation; an August 7, 1942 plan for receiving and processing the first internees at Heart Mountain; several documents from the War Relocation Authority; pamphlets related to Japanese Americans and their internment; and three poems by internees. John A. Nelson was administrative officer and later assistant project director of the Center from July 1942-June 1943, when he was drafted into the Army. His wife Viola Nelson was a secretary and later a personnel officer at Heart Mountain from 1942-1945.
• See http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah05325.xml

Simpson, Milward Papers, 1887-1955. Accession Number 00026. 274 Cubic ft. Papers of this Wyoming lawyer, governor (1955-1959) and U.S. Senator (1960-1962). 3 folders on the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1942-1944, from Simspon�s legal files.
• See http://rmoa.unm.edu/docviewer.php?docId=wyu-ah00026.xml

Smith, Nels H., 1884-1976. Papers, 1926-1943. Accession Number 09880. 13.05 cubic ft. (30 boxes). Collection is chiefly materials related to Smith's term as Wyoming governor (1939-1943) including correspondence, photographs, invitations, citizen requests, budget and financial reports, minutes, departmental rules and regulations, campaign materials, newspaper clippings, and news releases. Some of the correspondence concerns the opening of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a camp located near Cody, Wyoming, which began detaining Japanese-Americans in 1942 during World War II. Also includes personal correspondence and photographs.