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 the Tule Lake High School Choir with the Down Beats. Choir has 18 visible members led by a director and the Down Beats have 8 visible members. Entire group is performing on a stage with background curtains featuing stars. Choir is singing on the left side of the [...]
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Photograph of the desk of the Poston Chronicle office. A man is sitting bent over the desk reading to his left a standing woman is bent over writing on a piece of paper on the same desk. To the womans left a man who is holding a hat stands in [...]
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Group photograph of a Poston funeral, exterior. Casket is in front of a building titled "Religious Headquaters" with mourners behind the casket. There are flowers on the casket and 5 standing wreaths in front of the casket off to the side. 1 page, single sided. Photo, black and white. [...]
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Photograph of a Poston funeral, in front of Religious Headquarters. Flower and floral wreaths frame the sides and are placed in front of the casket. A man is standing behind the casket and flowers for a photograph and behind him is a building that has a sign which reads �Religious [...]
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Group photograph taken at a funeral located in front of the Religious Headquarters. Flower and floral wreaths frame casket. Sixteen individuals are standing behind the casket and flowers for a photograph and behind them is a building that has a sign which reads �Religious Headquarters� centered above the door frame. [...]
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