Finally, a more contemporary addition to the Western Americana holdings came in 1944 with the purchase by the Claremont Colleges Library of War Relocation Authority records, a collection assembled by Carey McWilliams, journalist and defender of the rights of minorities, in research for his book, Prejudice (1944). The original collection consisted of seven boxes of reports, opinions, books, periodicals, and correspondence between McWilliams and evacuees. Included were sixty volumes of newspapers from War Relocation Authority Centers, minutes of the Japanese-American Citizen League National Conference, and newspaper clippings from all over the U.S. reflecting various shades of public opinion on this controversial aspect of American government policy during World War II.

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