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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Daily Tulean Dispatch, Vol. 5, No. 7, 11/19/16. Magazine for Tule Lake Colony in Newell, California. Headlines read, "Military Order Under Question," "Army School To Recruit Candidates For Service," "Week Notice Required For Termination Of Colony Jobs," "Protest Rules For Basketball," "Judicial Co mmittee Acquits Men Charged With Gambling." Last [...]
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Tule Lake Cooperator Vol. 3 No. 77. Newell, California. Contains many columns, including on Japanese new years cards, the cigarette situation, and the photo studio at Tule. 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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Church pamphlet for the Pre-Easter Conference 1943. The pamphlet includes a prayer, conference agenda, and a list of the conference committee. 12 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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Temporary pass for Seitaro Fukuhara, from July 1, 1945 - July 31, 1945. 1 page, single sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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A pohotograph from Poston of a boy sitting on a curb or step in front of a door. 1 page, single sided. Photo, black and white. [...]
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