Takeya Mizuno, Ph.D. Candiate
School of Journalism
University of Missouri -- Columbia
First of all, I would like to thank all the people involved in the visiting fellowship of the Princeton University Library for generously giving me a chance to visit the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library and to extend my research.
My visit to Princeton was highly productive. The purpose of my visit was to investigate the reactions of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to the mass evacuation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. During the war, the ACLU was the foremost defender of Japanese Americans in the entire society. The ACLU continually expressed serious concerns about the plight of the uprooted Japanese and was deeply engaged in law suits to invalidate the curfew, exclusion order, and other wartime anti-Japanese regulations. The ACLU was at the center of the national debates about the mass evacuation policy.
The Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library is probably the best institution in the United States to examine the activities of the ACLU. The library contains many important primary documents of the ACLU. These include the organization's public statements, news releases, conference minutes, personal correspondents, internal memorandum, clippings, and letters exchanged between government agencies and outside organizations and individuals. All these materials are available the Mudd Library's precious collections such as the ACLU papers (The Roger Baldwin Years, 1917-1950), Roger Nash Baldwin Papers (1885-1981), Peggy Lamson Collection on Roger Baldwin (1917-1976), and Arthur Garfield Hays' Papers. I was allowed full access to these collections and could find a lot of important materials which had not been used in primary scholarship.
Needless to say, my fruitful research activities at the Mudd Library was possible thanks to the institution's excellent librarians and archivists. Collections at the Mudd Library are highly organized with full indexes, which make it possible for all researchers to search documents and materials efficiently. Additionally, library staff were all kind and helpful. In particular, I would like to express my cordial appreciation to Mr. John S. Weeren, Assistant Archivist for Public Services, who showed keen interest in my research topic and helped me work at the library by all means. Without his help, my visit to Princeton could never be such satisfying.
Finally, I would be grateful if you allow me to thank the Princeton Library again for awarding me this excellent visiting fellowship.