Letter from Margaret Hayashi to Mr. Hayes

This is a letter written by Margaret Hayashi to her son Harold's teacher, Mr. Hayes. The letter requests Harold's records because of their imminent move to Tanforan Assembly Center in the spring of 1942. They were later moved to the Topaz Relocation Center.
Following the events of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor on December 1, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which declared the west coast a military zone and that persons who posed a threat to national security could be excluded from this zone. These people were those of Japanese ancestry; they were forcibly relocated to the Assembly Centers and then prison camps for the duration of World War II.
Harold Hayashi was in seventh grade at the time he was forced to move with his family to Tanforan Assembly Center. Margaret Hayashi notified Mr. Hayes that her family had received the evacuation order and that Harold would leave school that day to help her pack until they had to leave several days later. Margaret Hayashi also requested Harold's academic records so that Harold could attend school at the prison camp.
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date made
April 27, 1942
place made
United States: California, Berkeley
Physical Description
ink (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 4 in x 5 in; 10.16 cm x 12.7 cm
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accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Willard Middle School through Michael Williams, Archivist
World War II
related event
World War II
Japanese American Internment
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Japanese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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