Main content

"Service with the War Relocation Authority"


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

George Townsend (ca. 1896-?) was born circa 1896 in Pennsylvania, the son of Thomas R. and Ella Townsend. He married Frances D. Townsend, and the couple had one daughter, Mary Ellen Townsend (1929-1996). Auring the 1930s, Townsend was engaged in relief work as Director of the Bureau of Transient and Homeless in Pennsylvania, and served on the Pennsylvania State Emergency Relief Board. He also worked as the Director of Personnel, National Youth Administration for Pennsylvania leading up to World War II. In 1942, Townsend was recruited for the War Relocation Authority.

This collection is comprised of the single volume memoir by George L. Townsend, entitled "Service of the War Relocation Authority." The manuscript describes Townsend's recruitment by and work with the War Relocation Authority, a civilian agency established to provide care and services for Japanese Americans moved to Army Relocation Centers. Included is a map of Relocation Centers in the Western United States.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1942-1946.
Box 8

Print, Suggest