Drawings, Maps, and Artifacts of Japanese American Confinement Sites

The digital collection featured here includes three types of images relating to the War Relocation (WRA) Centers: 1) architectural drawings, 2) objects, and 3) engineering plans or maps made or related to the WRA Centers. These images are provided as a research resource of primary graphic documentation of the built environments of the WRA Centers for students, teachers, researchers, and the general public. To browse by WRA Center on the map, click on a red dot.
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Relocation Project Sites Location Map, 12/31/1942, Deptartment of War, Western Defense Command and Fourth Army, Wartime Civil Control Administration,
From the National Archives Records and Administration

During World War II, the United States government removed approximately 117,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans from the West Coast of the United States, Alaska and parts of Arizona, under the authorization of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Presidential Executive Order 9066 (E.O. 9066) on February 19, 1942. The United States government first imprisoned Japanese and Japanese Americans living on the West Coast, in Alaska and in parts of Arizona in "Assembly" Centers. By October of 1942, the U.S. government had moved 110,000 people to ten semi-permanent new cities that the government named War Relocation Authority (WRA) “relocation centers,” as shown in red on the map above. The WRA Centers represent ten of the sites that collectively are known as Japanese American confinement sites.

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12 white shell flowers, made of 4 shell petals each; sand glued to represent stigma of flower; shells attached to balls of cotton; stem is wire, wrapped in paper; stem consists of multiple wires, looped around, ends terminated by flowers; leaves consist of wrapped, green wire with paper attached, coated; [...]
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Flower Corsage made out of shells and wire. Small butterfly is attached to petal. Shell, Cloth, Pipe Cleaner [...]
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Hand-painted and hand-made doll in the form of a lady with a pink dress. Made out of pink, red, and white pipe cleaners and shells. Pink pipe cleaners wrap around the body of the doll. Shells make up the hands, feet, and hair. Pipe cleaner, Shell [...]
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Wood box, compartmentalized w/ sections for ink bottles, stamp pad, and fingerprinting cards. Wood, Paper, Metal [...]
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Mug, painted and glazed. Ceramic [...]
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This project is sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society.