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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Jerome Relocation Center, Chicot and Drew Counties, Arkansas

Rohwer Relocation Center, Desha County, Arkansas

Gila River Relocation Center, Pinal County, Arizona

Colorado River Relocation Center (Poston), La Paz County, Arizona

Central Utah Relocation Center (Topaz), Millard County, Utah

Granada Relocation Center (Amache), Prowers County, Colorado

Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Park County, Wyoming

Minidoka Relocation Center, Jerome County, Idaho

Tule Lake Relocation Center, Modoc County, California

Manzanar Relocation Center, Inyo County, California

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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This project is sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society.