The Mildred and Frank Miles Scrapbook of the Santo Tomás Internment Camp scrapbook includes documents and ephemera produced at Santo Tomás during the Miles' internment there, as well as materials written about the camp after liberation. Many materials document daily life in the internment camp. The Santo Tomás Internment Camp was created by the Japanese military after occupation of Manila, the capital of the Phillipines. It was located on the campus of the University of Santo Tomás in Manila, and housed over 4,000 internees for nearly the entirety of World War II.
ID: MSS Miles
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet
Scope and Content Notes
The scrapbook includes documents and ephemera produced at Santo Tomás during the Miles' internment, as well as materials written about the camp after liberation. Many of the materials, including song sheets, camp newsletters, photographs, radio scripts, and other ephemera document daily life in the camp and address issues of overcrowding, resource distribution, morale, and lack of supplies. Many newsclippings pasted into the scrapbook document the days leading up to the camp's liberation by American forces on February 4, 1945. Notable documents include the Liberation Bulletin, a newsheet produced in the camp immediately after it was liberated. The Bulletin contains a timeline of the thirty-seven months of internment from the arrival of the first internees on January 4th, 1942, until the last day in camp, as well as results of a census taken at all three local camps including Santo Tomás, Los Baños, and Baguio. Covering food prices, garden production, average daily calorie intake, weight loss, and number of deaths, the Bulletin is a poignant summary of over three years of life in the camp. Other notable documents include a sheet of song lyrics from the "Santo Tomás Show," a radio show written and performed by internees, and The Internitis, a pamphlet filled with short stories, comic strips, and anecdotes from camp. Both of these documents and others in the scrapbook show internees' effort at humor and keeping up morale throughout their ordeal.
Statement on Access: The collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: Mildred and Frank Miles Scrapbook of the Santo Tomás Internment Camp, Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: This scrapbook was part of a donation from the Kappa Delta sorority chapter at Oregon State University in August 2015 and was separated from those records at the time of accession.
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