ケン・ハウス

(Ken House)

Ken House, a Senior Archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) at Seattle, grew up on Whidbey Island, Washington. He attended Western Washington University in Bellingham and holds a M.A. degree in Archival Studies and History. He is passionate about locating and making available archival records documenting the struggles of people in challenging circumstances. While an archivist at Weyerhaeuser Company, he researched and made presentations about the history of the Company’s Japanese American workforce. He lives in Tacoma and serves as the chair of the City Landmarks Preservation Commission.  

(Updated June 2013)

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 3 of 3

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Records of the Selective Service System, Record Group 147 

Until recently Selective Service draft registration records from World War I and II were stored at field offices of the National Archives. The draft records have been moved to a single, central location at the National Archives at St. Louis and can be accessed there. Draft registration cards typically include address, date and place of birth, employment, citizenship, date of registration, and descriptive information. Using Gordon Hirabayashi again as an example, his draft card indicates that he registered on October 16, 1940, and noted that “I am a ...

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 2 of 3

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Records of the United States District Courts, Record Group 21 

NARA field facilities hold federal district and bankruptcy court case files heard in the courts in their geographic area. Some may also hold cases from a federal Circuit Court of Appeals if an appeals court exists nearby. The case files typically include all of the filings in the case, but frequently not the exhibits or transcripts. Exhibits are often returned to the person submitting them or are destroyed. Transcripts were not created unless requested or the case was appealed.

When a court decision is appealed portions of ...

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Speaking Up! Democracy, Justice, Dignity

Records at the National Archives at Seattle and other West Coast Facilities Relating to the Japanese American Incarceration Experience - Part 1 of 3

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) as the nation’s “record-keeper” is responsible for preserving and making available permanent historic records created by federal agencies, offices, committees, and courts. Included are federal records created during and after the forced mass removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans living along the west coast of the United States during World War II. These records may be found in many of the NARA facilities nationwide. Copies of some of the records can also be found on NARA microfilm publications and websites. The goal of this article is to help researchers identify and locate ...

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