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Military Intelligence Service Language School at Fort Snelling: Primary Sources: Archives & Records


This album (1946), published at Fort Snelling near the end of the school's stay there, is a comprehensive yearbook of the first five years of the MISLS, complete with a history of the MISLS, photographs of the commanding officers and school directors, candid shots of the students, and a list of graduates by term since the school's inception.
MNHS call number: D810.S7 M48 1946

Military Intelligence Service Language School Historical Material, 1943-1946.
Two photocopied historical reports and a set of orders (December 20, 1943-December 20, 1945) for the Military Intelligence Service Language School. Reports include "History and Description of Military Intelligence Service Language School" and "MISLS: The Training History of the Military Intelligence Service Language School."
MNHS call number: P2700

Ruth Tanbara Papers
The papers of Ruth Tanbara contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other printed material concerning the internment and relocation of Japanese-Americans from the West Coast, one of the factors that precipitated the move of the MISLS to Minnesota.
Online finding aid with digitized materials.

Books & Other Publications

Fort Snelling Bulletin
Various issues, 1944-1946, include information on the MISLS.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 1336

Headquarter's Golden Gopher
This is the first issue of the newsletter put out by the MISLS on May 1, 1946. It has articles describing the everyday activities of some of the men, news from in town, bits of humor, and other items. The main article describes the school's upcoming move back to the Presidio in San Francisco.
MNHS call number: Serial 1069

Yaban Gogai
Yaban Gogai was the MISLS' overseas publication. It contains updates on the reconstruction of Japan in which the MISLS graduates played a major part, letters from graduates still abroad, addresses for those who have been discharged, as well as other pieces to keep those abroad connected to home and in good spirits.
MNHS call number: Microfilm 903

Oral Histories

Minnesota's Greatest Generation Oral History Project
​The emphasis in these thirty interviews, Part I of a continuing project, is on the experiences of veterans, people not in the military, and the Japanese language training at Fort Snelling and Camp Savage. 

Interview with Edwin Nakasone
MNHS call number: Digital transcript and audio

Interview with Toshio Abe
MNHS call number: Digital transcript and audio

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