Creator: Haight, Ray B., 1886-1977

Provenance Note: The Ray B. Haight papers were donated to Special Collections by his son, Robert Haight, on March 31, 1985.

Historical Note: Ray B. Haight was born on June 23, 1886 in Buena Vista County, Iowa. He was the son of Frederich and Laura Cassiday Haight. In May of 1913, Ray married Verniece Chamberlain. They had five children: Cecil, Robert, Gertrude, Jean, and Lucile. During the 1920s, Haight ranched in Fergus County, Montana. In 1933, he moved to Bozeman where he served as the county agent for Beaverhead, Jefferson, and Madison counties. He was also the land use specialist for the U. S. Bureau of Agricultural Economics at Montana State College. During World War II, Haight was a relocation officer with the War Relocation Authority, a program overseeing the internment of thousands of Japanese Americans in camps throughout the western United States. Haight served as WRA area director for Salt Lake City. After the war, he served with the Bureau of Reclamation in land use planning in Billings until he retired in 1953. Ray B. Haight died in May 1977 at the age of 90.

Content Description Note: The Ray B. Haight papers consist mainly of information on the Japanese internment camps in the west during the war. Many of the papers are documents produced by the U. S. War Relocation Authority concerning the camps and the treatment of Japanese-Americans. Editorials and publications published during the war about race issues and Japanese-Americans are also included in the papers. The papers also contain a tape recording of a 1967 speech Haight made before the Montana Institute for the Arts History group in Bozeman as well as his notes for various speeches. Photographs of several relocation centers in Colorado, Arizona, Wyoming, and California are also in the papers.


Box 1
1. Department of the Interior: General Land Office, 1911-1916
2. Ray B. Haight, notes for various public addresses about Japanese Relocation
3. Ray B. Haight, notes about Japanese Relocation for March 1967 meeting of Montana Institute for the Arts History group
4. Montana Institute for the Arts History group March 17, 1967:
    Ray B. Haight, "Relocation of the Japanese in the Western Area During and After World War II"
5. Maps of Relocation centers in the U. S. and Montana; Lists of Relocation Center leaders
6. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Field Supervisor reports, 1945
7. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Reports and releases, 1943-1946
8. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Addresses by William Haines Smart, 1943; Dillon S. Myer, director, 1945
9. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Constitutional principles involved in Relocation program
10. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Harold H. Townsend testimony, 1942, 1943
11. U. S. War Relocation Authority: Comments on statements by House Committee on Un-American Activities
12. U. S. War Relocation Authority: "Myths and Facts About the Japanese-Americans" 1945
13. Addresses and Editorials on Japanese-Americans, 1942-1944
14. Addresses and Editorials on Japanese-Americans, 1945-1946
15. Japanese American Citizens League: "They Work for Victory: The Story of Japanese Americans and the War Effort"
16. Pacific Citizen, December 22, 1945: issue about the Nisei
17. "The Sunday Before": Sermons by Pacific Coast pastors of the Japanese race before evacuation
18. Survey Graphic, May 1944: "Civilian Internment American Way" by Earl G. Harrison
19. Japanese-Americans in the Pacific Northwest: Bibliography of materials at Tacoma Public Library, August 1971
20. Photographs #1-8, Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado
     #1. New arrivals eat their first meal
     #2. Getting settled in living space after arrival
     #3. Hospital technicians and a blood test patient
     #4. The cooperative store
     #5. The Co-op beauty shop
     #6. Three students of an adult craft class doing steamed crayon work
     #7. "Junior Prom" at Granada High School
     #8. Elementary school children in the grade school library
21. Photographs #9-15, Granada Relocation Center, Amache, Colorado
     #9. Playing basketball
     #10-11. View of the Granada Relocation Center
     #12. Vocational students and calves they are raising
     #13. Japanese-American detainee working on water color painting of his barracks
     #14. Japanese-Americans learning how to operate a power shovel
     #15. Two Nisei volunteers talking to Captain William S. Fairchild about enlistment
22. Photographs #16-21, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming
     #16. Heart Mountain Relocation Center at night
     #17. Howard Hisayasu family in their barracks
     #18. Detainees ice skating
     #19. Relocation Center swing band
     #20. Advanced English class for adults
     #21. Detainees working on their camp newspaper
23. Photographs #22-26, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming
     #22. Signing up to work in sugar beet fields
     #23-26. Japanese-Americans working in the relocation center
24. Photographs #27-30, Relocation Centers, Arizona, Arkansas, California
     #27. Landscaping done by residents at Colorado River Relocation Center, Poston, Arizona
     #28-29. Classes at Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas
     #30. Memorial Day services at Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California
25. Photographs #31-32, Japanese, American workers
     #31. Japanese-Americans working sugar beet field near Milliken, Colorado
     #32. Japanese-American teaching Navy students Japanese at University of Colorado, Boulder
1 reel audiotape, speech of Ray B. Haight, 1967

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