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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Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 3, No. 100, 11/11/1942. Magazine for Tule Lake. Headlines read, "West Coast Cleared of Assembly Centers," "Aid To Be Given In Property Problems," "Local JACL Chapter To Discuss National Confab," "Sign-Ups Set For Basketball Teams." Magazine also contains printed drawings. 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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Daily Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 4, No. 1, 11/12/1942. Magazine for Tule Lake. Headlines read, "Tri-State HI Assembly Scheduled Tomorrow," "Gulls-Marysville Have Chance For Double Win," "National Student Relocation Council Seeks Financial Aid For Needy Students." Last page is a section with articles written in Japanese. Magazine also contains printed drawings. [...]
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Daily Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 4, No. 13, 11/27/1942. Magazine for Tule Lake Colony in Newell, California. Headlines read, "Nisei Soldiers Here To Recruit For Army School," "25000 Persons Expected To Be Relocated Next Year," "Possession Of $500 A Family No Drawback To Get Grants," "FDR's Kin Is Project Procurement Officer," [...]
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Daily Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 4, No. 20, 12/05/1942. Magazine for Tule Lake Colony in Newell, California. Headlines read, "Noted Sociologist Here To Aid In WSSF, SCA Work," "Working Condition Labor Board Suggested," "Membership Campaign For Cooperatives Begins Mon.," "Ward Leaders Handle Boys' Casaba Season." 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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The Daily Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 4, No. 4, 11/16/1942. Magazine for Tule Lake Colony in Newell, California. Headlines read, "Charter Election Today," "Many Nisei Apply For Army Language School," "Reduction Of Ward Representation," "Intolerance At Large." 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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