Manuscript Collections Relating to the Grenada War Relocation Center (Camp Amache), Grenada, Colorado

Auraria Library owns four manuscript collections relating to the Grenada War Relocation Center (Camp Amache) in Grenada, Colorado. Housed in Auraria's Special Collections Department, these collections highlight the history of forced relocation and internment for Japanese-Americans in Colorado during the Second World War. Collection materials include photographs, yearbooks, letters, and other objects either relating to Camp Amache by way of the collection's namesake, or objects once part of the social fabric of the camp. These materials are available for research and study upon request at the Auraria Library Special Collections Department.

There is presently no active digital collection for Auraria's Camp Amache resources, but many of these artifacts have been earmarked for future digitization and display. In the meantime we have provided some low-resolution sample images of photographs from the Lloyd Garrison and Joseph McClelland Collections.

For more information on the collections listed below please contact either Rosemary Evetts, Auraria's archivist, or Matthew Mariner, Head of Special Collections and Digital Initiatives. 

MSS-007. Joseph McClelland Collection 

McClelland, War Relocation Authority Reports Officer and camp photographer of the Grenada War Relocation Center (Camp Amache), was responsible for sending out press releases to the media. The collection consists of a complete run of the Granada Pioneer for the 1942-43 and various other publications concerning Japanese Americans. Also included is a taped interview with Mr. McClelland. 

Collection dates: 1941-1945 Collection size: .5 linear feet

MSS-008. Lloyd Garrison Collection 

Dr. Garrison was superintendent of Schools at the Grenada War Relocation Center (Camp Amache). This collection contains letters from internee students, copies of yearbooks and student newspapers, various printed items produced by or for Amache residents, and printed materials on Japanese-American relocation. Also included are black and white identified photographs of students at Amache and a taped interview with Mrs. Garrison. 

Collections dates: 1942-1946 Collection size: .5 linear feet

MSS-009. Kathy Odum Collection 

Mrs. Odum was a high school teacher, counselor and senior class sponsor at the Camp Amache High School, 1942-1945. Items in the collection include publications by and for the high school students and reports on Japanese-Americans in Colorado. Also included is a taped interview with Mrs. Odum. 

Collection dates: 1942-1945 Collection size: .25 linear feet

MSS-010. Ernest Tigges Collection 

Tigges was the Farm Superintendent at the Grenada War Relocation Center (Camp Amache). Items include his personnel records, wartime travel permission orders, a name index of Center staff and internees, 1942-46, and taped interview. 

Collection dates: 1942-1946 Collection size: .25 linear feet