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Virginia Tidball U. S. War Relocation Authority, Jerome Relocation Center Records

Identifier: MS T438 274

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, student essays, clippings, programs, invitations, and administrative notices, memoranda, bulletins, and other mimeographed materials created or received by Virginia Tidball during and subsequent to her teaching assignment at the Jerome Relocation Center School (Drew County). Material pertains to personnel and administrative management of the school and camp and especially to the education, social life, religious activity, and social and political opinions of the Japanese-American children incarcerated there.

Most of the 179 essays by Japanese- American students are autobiographical, describing their lives before forced removal as well as experiences while incarcerated.


  • Creation: 1942-1959


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 Note

Virginia Tidball worked as a teacher at the Jerome Relocation Center School, in Drew County, Arkansas, during World War II.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Arranged in 4 series:

  1. 1, Correspondence, 1943-1944
  2. 2, School Essays, 1942-1944
  3. 3, WRA Releases, 1942-1944
  4. 4, Miscellaneous, 1942-1944, 1959

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Tidball U. S. War Relocation Authority, Jerome Location Center Records were donated to Special Collections by Virginia Tidball of Fayetteville, Arkansas in May 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by E. Betty Austin; completed in August 1977. Finding aid language was updated by Melanie Griffin in May 2022 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.



Virginia Tidball U. S. War Relocation Authority, Jerome Relocation Center Records
E. Betty Austin
August 1977
Language of description
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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