Dear Mr. McNamara,
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Records regarding the creation of the policies that led to Japanese internment can be found at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum, which can be contacted via email at Archives.FDR@nara.gov. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum also has materials on this topic, and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The War Relocation Authority (WRA) was a United States government agency established to handle the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. The majority of the Records of the War Relocation Authority (Record Group 210) are in the custody of the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1), which can be contacted via email at Archives1reference@nara.gov. The War Department Western Defense Command was also involved with the removal of Japanese Americans. These records are included in the Records of U.S. Army Defense Commands (World War II) (Record Group 499). Some of Record Group 499 records are in the custody of RDT1, while others are in the custody of National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2). PLease contact RDT2 via email at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
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