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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Bordered photograph of three people throwing snow at each other. Two women and a man are having a snowball fight at Tule Lake. There are footprints in the snow from other people. The edges of the print are cut to make it an octagon. Photo paper. [...]
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Pencil drawing. Drawing of the Poston Hospital booth. Man complaining to department of agriculture booth: 'It gripes me to no end when people avoid our booth!' Multiple disconcerting text graphics. Skeleton with a welcome sign pointing towards booth. Caslon Bond watermark. 1 page. Paper, pencil. [...]
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Japanese American citizenship Affidavit, unfilled. Questions pertaining to Japanese citizenship, United States citizenship, and affiliation to Japanese dissident groups. 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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Girl Reserve bookmark with slogan and purpose. 1 page. Paper, ink, crayon, yarn. [...]
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Silk Screen Exhibition of Prints From The Amache Silk Screen Shop Leaflet. Located at Silk Screen Shop 6E Recreation Hall. January 12,13,14 1pm to 8:30pm. Object list. 4 pages. Paper, paint, ink. [...]
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