Clara Breed was a much-beloved librarian who served 42 years in the San Diego Public Library system. During World War II she received letters from many-interned Japanese-American’s.
Clara E Breed, became the first Children's Librarian of the San Diego Public Library System. She wasn't just their librarian' she was a friend of dozens of Japanese American young adults, teenager,s and school children when war with Japan began. No one in San Diego could have imagined that in just four months to the day, every man, woman, and child of Japanese descent would be forced to leave their homes, schools, jobs, and the lives that they had known. Clara Breed considered the events that happened in 1942 a terrible injustice. All of Miss Breed's young friends were American citizens, and they had done nothing wrong. Yet for three and a half years they were the victims of hysteria and racial hatred that robbed them of their rights and freedom (Oppenheim, 9)
As the video above states, Miss Breed was a real friend of the Japanese people. When she heard that they were leaving to the camps she gave the children and young adults notepaper so that they could send her letters. Once in awhile, she would send books to her friends in the camps.