Crystal City Internment Camp Correspondences and Images: Perspectives on the Camp's Administration

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Title

Crystal City Internment Camp Correspondences and Images: Perspectives on the Camp's Administration

Subject

Internment during World War II; Incarceration; Correspondence and Letters; Photographs

Description

This collection sheds light on the administrative style of the officer in charge of the Crystal City Internment Camp through internee correspondences. During World War II, the internment camp contained people of German, Italian, and Japanese descent. Correspondences don't downplay these conditions but indicate that the officer in charge was thanked for his generosity, efficiency, and kindness, despite the camp being part of an unjust system of confinement and containment. The letters also shed light on the difficulties internees faced after being released from internment, as well as their innocence in the face of all that they experienced. This collection also provides images that give insight into the conditions of the camp. Finally, the collection supplies a report written by the officer in charge himself to provide this official's point of view on his administrative methods and the history of the camp.

Creator

Internees from the Crystal City Family Internment Camp, photographers (identity unknown), James L. O'Rourke

Date

1940s

Language

English

Type

Personal Correspondences, Photographs, Narratives

Coverage

Crystal City Internment Camp, Crystal City, Texas

Format

Paper

Publisher

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, Densho Encyclopedia, National Archives

Rights

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Source

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, National Archives, The M. Nakagawa Collection

Contributor

Internees from the Crystal City Family Internment Camp

Relation

From the O'Rourke (James) Crystal City Internment Camp Papers, box 2.325/B101b, 1937-1950, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Identifier

Civil Liberties, Crystal City Internment Camp, Wartime Internment