Heart Mountain Relocation Center records

This collection contains the Heart Mountain charter, community minutes, notes on resettlement plans, and documents in Japanese. There are also transcripts of the trial of Tom Yamada, 13- or 14-year old teenager who was charged with assault and battery with a BB gun by the Heart Mountain Judicial Commission in September 1944.

Additional content for this collection can be found in the "Inventory for collection.”

Organizational chart of internee governmental structure at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1945

Heart Mountain Relocation Center was run like a small town with Caucasian administrators and Nisei and Issei block managers and councilmen elected by the internees.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_001
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 2, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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List of committee assignments of the Heart Mountain Community Council, 1944

11 committees of the Heart Mountain Community Council took care of internal functions at the Center.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_002
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 2, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, May 16, 1944

At this meeting internees of the Heart Mountain Community Council discussed everything from better food quality and draft evasion to prohibiting the use of the laundry room hose to irrigate victory gardens.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_010
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 3, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, June 16, 1944

No topic was too mundance for the Heart Mountain Community Council. In this meeting the Council's Legal Committee was asked to define the term "fowl" due to difficulty policing a regulation.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_021
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 3, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, June 20, 1944

At this meeting of the Heart Mountain Community Council, members discussed preparations for a Fourth of July celebration. Despite being forced from their homes, many internees were still patriotic Americans.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_023
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 3, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, July 7, 1944

At this meeting of the Heart Mountain Community Council, members sought and received permission from Center administrator Guy Robertson to hold a traditional Japanese Bon Odori Festival in July 1944. 

Resource Identifier
ah09804_031
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 3, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, December 29, 1944

This meeting of the Heart Mountain Community Council included a Relocation Program Officer who explained communication methods regarding the lifting of restrictions on the West Coast.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_086
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 3, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Heart Mountain Relocation newspaper written in Japanese, 1945

Issei (first generation) internees were better served with newspapers written in Japanese. This page provides news on resettlement following the rescinding of Executive Order 9066.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_274
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 9, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Policies of the Relocation Planning Commission at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, 1945

Like at other internment centers, a Relocation Planning Commission was established at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in an attempt to assist released internees.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_206
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 7, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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Minutes of the Heart Mountain Community Council Meeting, October 9, 1945

By October 1945, internees leaving the Heart Mountain Relocation Center made for labor shortages for those still remaining. The Center closed November 10, 1945.

Resource Identifier
ah09804_193
Citation
Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, Collection No. 9804, Box 1, Folder 5, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
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