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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Photo album of the Kayano family. First page text reads "Evacuation Era: Most Japanese evacuated from the West Coast during the World War II years entered relocation camps such as those pictures of the following pages in various parts of the United States from early 1942 to late 1945. We [...]
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Book, "The Pen," 1943. "The Pen" is a literary magazne from Rohwer concentration camp. The cover picture is a cartoon of a boy in medieval armor and coon skin cap, holding a giant pen as a lance. The published works were written by the internees, also describing the administration, the [...]
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A letter to Sanji Eijima from Fred M. Koba, the Chairman of the American Red Cross Chapter at Topaz, written on January 18, 1945. Receipt of 6 messages sent to Nagashima, Y; Nagashima, S; Eijima, S; Kurajima, Y; Nagashama, Shu; and Takagi, M. Paper, ink. [...]
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A letter to Sanji Eijima from Fred M. Koba, the Chairman of the American Red Cross at Topaz, Utah, written on May 3, 1945. The letter confirms two messages has been dispatched to Japan through their Home Office. Messages sent to Nagashima, Y and Eijima, S. Paper, ink. [...]
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Letter and envelope containing instructions on mailing letters from Lordsburg Internment Camp to other locations. Letter: 1 page, single sided. Paper, ink. Envelope: 1 page, single sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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