Collection consists of correspondence, speeches, legal documents, maps, and audio recordings of interviews relating to Ralph Lawrence Carr, the governor of Colorado from 1939-1943. Born in Rosita, Colorado in 1887, Carr graduated from Cripple Creek High School in 1905. Carr later became an attorney, practicing law in Antonito, Colorado, and becoming more involved in the politics of Conejos County. A Republican, Carr became governor of Colorado in 1939, and immediately set about balancing the state's budget. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the entrance of the United States into World War II, the War Relocation Authority was established by the Roosevelt Administration to relocate American citizens of Japanese descent into concentration camps, including a camp established near Amache, Colorado. Carr went against popular opinion in voicing his opposition to the relocation, urging racial tolerance and the protection of legal rights for the evacuees. His opposition to the relocation cost him his political career
in 1942 he was defeated by Edwin C. Johnson for a seat in the U.S. Senate. Carr died in 1950. Today he is honored for his principled opposition to the relocation camps, with the Colorado State Judicial system housed in the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Complex in downtown Denver. Portions of the collection have been transferred to the Departments of Photography and Decorative and Fine Arts. See also: MSS #1709, MSS #1881, and MSS #2575.
5.75 linear feet