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Guide to the Wayne M. Collins Papers, 1918-1974 (bulk 1945-1960)
BANC MSS 78/177 c  
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Description
Consists of selected material remaining from Collins' San Francisco legal practice. Major portion of collection is devoted to his work as legal representative for the Tule Lake Defense Committee from 1945 to 1960. Includes correspondence, litigation documents for mass civil and equity suits filed for renunciants, individual case files, and financial files for the Committee's trust accounts. Also includes Collins' legal files representing his civil liberties and general law practice, including case files and other materials concerning East Indian deportation, Levering Act/Loyalty Oath controversy, estate files of Astaroth Haskell and Bruce Porter, and the Berkeley Free Speech Movement. Also includes a small amount of personal papers, including family correspondence, genealogical, other biographical materials, and ephemera.
Background
In late 1944 and early 1945, over 5,000 native-born United States citizens of Japanese ancestry interned at Tule Lake Segregation Center renounced their U.S. citizenship. As a result, these renunciants were classified "alien enemies" under the provisions of the Alien Enemy Act. On July 14, 1945, President Truman issued Public Proclamation No. 2655 authorizing their removal to Japan. San Francisco attorney, Wayne M. Collins, began advising the renunciants of their legal rights during August 1945. For those desiring to remain in the United States, the first step was an appeal by letter to the Attorney General, withdrawing their renunciation on the grounds that it had been the direct result of governmental duress, private coercion, and undue influence.
Extent
Originals: Number of containers: 33 boxes, 4 cartons Microfilm: 38 reels Linear feet: 18.75
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
Collection is open for research.