The Robert Billigmeier collection holds some of the documents of the University of California's Evacuation and Resettlement
Study begining in 1942. The collection contains reports conducted under the direction of University of California, Berkeley
Professor Dorothy Swain Thomas. There are also publications such as Professor's Dorothy Swaine Thomas' book
The Spoilage and the
WRA: A Story of Human Conservation. There is a scrapbook produced by the students at Tule Lake, photographs of the internment camp and photos of Billigmeier's
Robert Billigmeier (1917-1996) was a UCSB Sociology professor who specialized in the areas of demographics, social movements
and European and American ethnic groups. He was very interested in the Romansh Culture. In 1951 he earned his PH.D. on the
history of the Romansh Culture from Stanford University. Billigmeier provided many scholarly contributions such as
A Crisis in Swiss Pluralism published in 1979. The book provided an extensive analysis on the history of the Raeto Romansh over the past thousand years.
He also wrote books about Swiss immigrants in America and German Americans.
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permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.