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George E. Graff Collection

Identifier: George E. Graff Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains memoranda from the War Relocation Authority (WRA) spanning 1942-1945, during which George E. Graff worked as an officer. Graff collected memoranda, publications by the WRA, as well as photographs from the camps he was located at.


  • 1942 - 1982


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

George E. Graff served as an officer in the United States War Relocation Authority in World War II whose principle duty was the relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during the war. Graff worked with the Relocation Authority from 1942-1945 where he served in-charge of relocation first in Detroit, then in Buffalo, New York until the office closed December 31st, 1945. His duties included writing reports on district activities for Japanese Americans who had been "resettled" in internment camps.


1.25 Cubic Feet (4 flat boxes ) ; 2 boxes (8.5 inches x 11 inches) and 2 boxes (8 inches x 10 inches)

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged by material type into three series. They are memoranda (Series I), WRA publications (Series II), and photographs (Series III).
Guide to the George E. Graff collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106