1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 25, 2021 8:05 AM by Sylvia Naylor

    Seeking information on John Crow at Tule Lake Japanese Internment Camp

    Sasha Bush Newbie

      Hi, I'm the producer of a documentary film that tracks my director's family.  His relative – John Crow – worked as a civilian farm manager at the Tule Lake Camp. I'm looking to find any information and records that list him directly such as civilian employment records or farm manager records.  And if there are no records that directly list John Crow, I'm looking for any records that talk about farm managers and civilian employer/employee relations at Tule Lake.  John Crow as born in Arkansas and would have been in his mid to late 20's at that time. Thank you for assistance and suggestions.

        • Re: Seeking information on John Crow at Tule Lake Japanese Internment Camp
          Sylvia Naylor Scout

          Dear Mr. Bush,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          If he was a civilian employee of the War Relocation Authority, we suggest that you begin your research by requesting a copy of John Crow’s Official Personnel File (OPF). OPFs and medical information for individuals who worked for the U.S. government in a civilian capacity before 1952 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). Please email RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov and include the full name used during Federal employment, date of birth, Social Security Number (if applicable), name and location of the employing Federal agency, beginning and ending dates of Federal Service. For more information, the web site is https://www.archives.gov/st-louis/opf.


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 11 series of textual records in the Records of the War Relocation Authority (Record Group 210) that pertain to Tule Lake. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          We also located 3 series of photographs in Record Group 210 that relate to Tule Lake. Some of these photographs have been digitized and may be accessed via the Catalog. For information about the non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Picture (RDSS) at stillpix@nara.gov and their web site is https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park/photographs-dc.html.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RL-SL, RDT1 & RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!



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