John A. Nelson papers, 1942-1946

Overview of the Collection

John A. Nelson
John A. Nelson papers
1942-1946 (inclusive)
1.0 cubic ft. (1 box)
Collection Number
John A. Nelson was administrative officer and later assistant project director of Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Cody, Wyoming.
American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming
American Heritage Center
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3924
Laramie, WY
Telephone: 3077663756
Access Restrictions
Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John A. Nelson was administrative officer and later assistant project director of the Heart Mountain Relocation Center near Cody, Wyoming, from July 1942-June 1943, when he was drafted into the Army. His wife Viola Nelson was a secretary and later a personnel officer at Heart Mountain from 1942-1945.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection includes typed transcriptions plus a few handwritten pages of the diary John A. Nelson kept while at Heart Mountain, July 29, 1942-June 26, 1943. There are several speeches about the War Relocation Authority and Japanese internment; records of arrivals of internees at Heart Mountain from August-September 1942; a chronology of evacuation and relocation; an August 7, 1942 plan for receiving and processing the first internees at Heart Mountain; several documents from the War Relocation Authority; pamphlets related to Japanese Americans and their internment; and three poems by internees.

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Copyright Information

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Preferred Citation

Preferred Citation

Item Description, Box Number, Folder Number, John A. Nelson Papers, Collection Number 05325, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

Alternative Forms Available

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of this entire collection are available at

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by John A. Nelson at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

The John A. Nelson Papers were donated by John A. Nelson in January 1974.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed in October 2005 by Kenton G. Jaehnig. Links to digitized material added in September 2010 by Ben Goldman.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
  • Japanese American poetry
  • World War, 1939-1945--History--Evacuation of civilians

Personal Names

  • Nelson, Viola

Corporate Names

  • United States. War Relocation Authority
  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Wyoming
  • United States -- Officials and employees

Geographical Names

  • Wyoming--History--1919-1945

Form or Genre Terms

  • Diaries
  • Administrative records