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AMST 486 / ER&M 425: Asian American Studies of Race, Colonialism, and Empire: Manuscripts and Archives

Materials used in class on October 8th: Elizabeth Page Harris Papers, 1808-1978

Elizabeth Page Harris Papers (MS 771)

The papers contain correspondence, family papers, writings, printed works, photoprints, and other materials documenting the life and career of Elizabeth Page Harris. The Harris Papers have extensive material on such subjects as family life, single women, publishers and publishing, voluntarism, the International Grenfell Association, American Friends Service Committee, the Society of Friends, Japanese relocation, and pacifism. Especially of interest for this course are the materials in Series IV. Organizations and Causes, 1916-1968, filed under "Japanese relocation."

Materials used in class on October 8th: US War Relocation Authority, Poston (Arizona) Relocation Center Collection, 1942-1945

United States War Relocation Authority, Poston (Arizona) Relocation Center Collection (MS 803)

Scrapbooks, record books, and memorabilia chiefly relating to the educational and library activities at the Relocation Center. Nine scrapbooks made and bound by the students document topics of academic study, student memoirs describing their feelings on being relocated, and Americanization agendas in school curriculum. A printed yearbook is also included.

Additionally, the Poston Senior High School Junior Red Cross "Out of the Desert" scrapbook has been digitized and is available online, linked from the finding aid. The original is on extremely brittle paper and handling is restricted, so it could not be brought to today’s class session.

Materials used in class on October 8th: William Kent Family Papers, 1768-1961

William Kent Family Papers (MS 309)

Correspondence, writings, topical files, biographical files, scrapbooks, and other material relating to William Kent's businesses, political activities, and family. The papers document his activities as a municipal reformer in Chicago and Northern California; his interests in conservation, recreation, and public control of water power; his campaigns for election to Congress; his service in the U.S. House of Representatives (1911-1917) and on the U.S. Tariff Commission; and his business interests in cattle ranches in Nebraska and Nevada. The papers also include materials relating to the activities of Kent's wife, Elizabeth Thacher Kent, Mrs. Kent's family, and the Kent children and grandchildren.