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Robert Allen Leflar Papers

Identifier: MS L52

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains all types of correspondence and information concerning the War Relocation Authority - General Information such as offices and functions of the War Relocation Authority, facts about it, administration highlights, wartime handling of incarceree property, problems of incarceree resettlement, constitutional principles involved in the relocation program, and the public relations program of the War Relocation Authority.

The legal correspondence consists of letters between Washington and the ten relocation centers, with the most extensive being about Heart Mountain, Wyoming and Tule Lake, Montana. There are a number of individual hearings concerning leave clearance, repatriation and expatriation, loyalty to the U.S., and personal charges.

In the publicity are newspaper items, magazine articles, and other published articles. Most deal with the problems of Japanese-Americans and the way they had to respond to their forcible incarceration.


  • Creation: 1942-1946


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Information

Robert A. Leflar, former distinguished professor of law at the University of Arkansas, and director of the Seminar for Appellate Judges held at New York University in the summer, served on the faculty of the University of Arkansas beginning in 1927, with leaves for duties in various capacities elsewhere. He was Dean of the University of Arkansas Law School 1943-54. He holds degrees from Arkansas and from Harvard. He is author of a well-known text, Treatise of Law of Conflict of Laws, as well as numerous shorter works and articles. Mr. Leflar was Associate Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court 1949-51, and public member of the Regional War Labor Board VII 1944-45. From 1942-1944 he was successively regional attorney, head attorney, and assistant solicitor for the War Relocation Authority. These papers concern the latter activities.


8 Linear Feet (16 boxes and 1 oversized folder)

Arrangement of the Papers

The material is organized in 14 series. A number of large loose-leaf notebooks contain specific types of documents arranged in order.

  1. Series 1. General Information
  2. Series 2. Little Rock
  3. Series 2. Subseries 1. Legal Correspondence
  4. Series 2. Subseries 2. Memorandum
  5. Series 2. Subseries 3. Opinions
  6. Series 3. Relocation Centers
  7. Series 3. Subseries 1. Central Utah
  8. Series 3. Subseries 2. Colorado River
  9. Series 3. Subseries 3. Gila River
  10. Series 3. Subseries 4. Granada
  11. Series 3. Subseries 5. Heart Mountain
  12. Series 3. Subseries 6. Jerome
  13. Series 3. Subseries 7. Маnzanar
  14. Series 3. Subseries 8. Minidoka
  15. Series 3. Subseries 9. Rohwer
  16. Series 3. Subseries 10. Tule Lake
  17. Series 4. Congressional Publications and Hearings
  18. Series 5. Hearings
  19. Series 5. Subseries 1. Individual
  20. Series 5. Subseries 2. Costello
  21. Series 6. Law of the Relocation Center
  22. Series 7. Legal Briefs
  23. Series 8. Legal Correspondence
  24. Series 9. Memoranda
  25. Series 9. Subseries 1. Project Attorneys
  26. Series 9. Subseries 2. Project Directors
  27. Series 9. Subseries 3. Solicitors
  28. Series 9. Subseries 4. Miscellaneous
  29. Series 10. Notebooks
  30. Series 11. Reports
  31. Series 11. Subseries 1. Quarterly
  32. Series 11. Subseries 2. Semi-Annual
  33. Series 11. Subseries 3. Solicitors
  34. Series 12. Publicity
  35. Series 13. Travel
  36. Series 14. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

The Robert Allen Leflar Papers were donated to Special Collections by Robert Allen Leflar in 1959.

Related Materials

See also the following collections:

MC 206 Robert A. Leflar Papers

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff; completed in August 1961.

Finding aid revised by Adam Heien in March 2023 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description of the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Robert Allen Leflar Papers
August 1961
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444