Clara E. Breed Collection

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Clara E. Breed was a librarian at the San Diego Library from 1929 until 1945, and she stood for decency and justice. She was a mentor to many young Japanese Americans in the San Diego area, and serves as an inspiration for many today. As the Japanese Americans were being relocated during World War II, Miss Breed made her children promise to write to her. She distributed stamped envelopes to all of the children, and continued correspondence with them as they wrote to her. In addition to the letters, Miss Breed sent the children gifts and books. Many of the libraries in the camps were filled with the books that Miss Breed had provided. This collection features 15 of the letters written to Miss Breed from the children in the camps, a small fraction of all of the letters she saved. The letters discuss various issues, from everyday camp life to the school situation, to christmas, and so on. To see more letters, please visit The Japanese American National Museum website. The collection ends with a letter written by Miss Breed herself, to a dear friend, Tetsuzo Hirasaki. Miss Breed kept these letters until 1990, when she gave them to Elizabeth Yamada, one of her former correspondents. Yamada donated them to the Japanese American National Museum in 1993. Because of Miss Breed, we have eye-witness reports, and a better sense of what camp life was really like. Copyright for the reproduced letters is held by the Japanese American National Museum. Short-term educational use with limited circulation is permitted. For all other uses, please contact the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum hnrc@janm.org

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