Grace Thorson Brown Papers, 1938-2005

Overview of the Collection

Brown, Grace Thorson
Grace Thorson Brown Papers
1938-2005 (inclusive)
1942-1943 (bulk)
cubic ft. (1 box)
Collection Number
Grace Thorson Brown was a teacher at the Japanese Relocation Camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming from September 1942 to June 1943. Her collection consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, school newspapers, and War Relocation Authority documents.
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.

The creation of the EAD-version of this finding aid was made possible through a grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Grace Thorson Brown attended Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. She was employed as an elementary teacher at the Japanese Relocation Camp at Heart Mountain, Wyoming for the 1942-43 school year. She left Heart Mountain to continue her education at the University of Wyoming.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Grace Thorson Brown papers contain material mainly relating to Brown’s experiences while teaching at Heart Mountain. Newspaper clippings pertaining to Japanese Relocation in general and specifically to Heart Mountain are included. The collection also contains photographs of teachers and students at Heart Mountain, as well as student newspapers and some employment records. War Relocation Authority documents and correspondence are also included, along with Japanese American National Museum information regarding an event honoring former relocation camp teachers.

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Restrictions on Use

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, Grace Thorson Brown papers, 1938-2005, Collection Number 11453, American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

There are no other known archival collections created by Grace Thorson Brown at the date of processing.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition Information

Papers donated by Susan Ann Pearson.

Processing Note

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Rory Telander in August 2005.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Evacuation of civilians.

Geographical Names

  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.)
  • Wyoming--History--1919-1945.


  • Women educators.