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Gladys L. Gage Collection

Identifier: Gladys L. Gage Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence to Gladys L. Gage from her Japanese American students held in relocation centers and camps, and correspondence to her parents recalling the aspects of the relocations and teaching students spanning 1941-1942. The collection also contains roll books from 1941, autograph books, and compositions written by Gage's students at the Washington School in Seattle. Other materials included in the collection include photographs and slides of Seattle, Washington depicting the community during the period, informal publications on Japanese American relocation, school records, several religious books, and even a shell corsage made by a student's parent from shells found in a bank at an internment camp in Twin Falls, Idaho.


  • 1941 - 1949


Language of Materials

Collection is primarily in English with some books in English and Japanese.

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 to researchers, 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 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

Gladys L. Gage was born in Hartford, Conn. in 1908, attended New Britain Normal School, and would go on to obtain teaching degrees from Boston University and Hillard College (Hartford, Conn.). Gage is best known for her work as a teacher in the Hartford Public School system, Noah Webster School in West Hartford (Conn.), and at Renbrook School in West Hartford until her retirement. At the beginning of the Japanese American relocation and evacuation in the midst of WWII, she signed-up to be a teacher in an exchange program in Seattle, Washington where nearly one-third of her class was of Japanese origin. Gage arrived in August 1941, months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and witnessed three evacuations from Pullyap, Washington during the war.

Gage returned to Hartford, Connecticut and resumed her teaching. In 1982, she donated her collection related to Japanese American relocation and internment to the Watkinson Library.


.66 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes)


Collection is grouped by material type. There are three series: Series I contains correspondence, Series II contains print material and ephemera, and Series III contains photographs and slides.
Guide to the Gladys L. Gage 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