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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Photograph of four boys playing on horizontal bars during the day in block 35. There is no border on the print. Photo paper. [...]
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Photograph of children at play. Seven children play a game with a ball in front of the camp barracks in block 35 of Tule Lake. Photo paper. [...]
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Photograph of two men on a rooftop cleaning a chimney at Tule Lake. Possibly cleaning the camp infirmary or medical facility. One shirtless man is sweeping the chimney while another man cleans the smokestack. Photo paper. [...]
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Bordered photograph of a man and Santa Claus mannequin. The man in a while shirt hugs the mannequin and holds a sack of food. In the background is a small decorated Christmas tree as well as another group of people. [...]
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Gila Music Makers photograph. Photograph including Row I left to right: Tak Ogino, Haruo Hayashi, Ben Tamaki, Jim Araki. Row II left to right: Paul Suzuki, Ichiro Ino, George Kikuchi, Yoshimura Araki, Yoshio Migaki, Mitsugi Kawamoto. [...]
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This project is sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society.