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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Sketch ink comic. Men taking cover from arrow barrage. 'Maybe they're mad at us'. Watermark 'Efficiency Ezerase Bond RAC Content.' 1 page. Paper, ink. [...]
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Comic detailing a man with a dinosaur to attend a taxidermy class. 'No! No! No! I said just birds and butterflies!' 1 page, single sided. Paper, ink, watercolor. [...]
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Three fish ice skating. First fish wearing a scarf and earmuffs, has a lit cigar in its mouth. Second and third fish are smaller and are only wearing scarves. All fish are upright on tail fin. In the background are three barracks. Ezerase Bond rag content watermark. Drawn in pencil [...]
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Comic of fish in water, one is jumping resembling a P-38 plane. 'Egbert likes to call that one the 'P-38'.' In reference to the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. Bonded paper watermark. 1 page. Paper, ink, watercolor. [...]
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Comic of a volleyball game. Marie gets tangled in the volleyball net. 'Ok! Ok! So it is our turn to unravel Marie!'. Watermark: CASLON BOND. 1 page. Paper, pencil. [...]
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