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 Isamu Sam Kayano's funeral at the Rohwer Buddist Church. A casket is draped in flowers in front of the church with almost 100 mourners behind the casket. There are three large wreaths on stands. [...]
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Photograph of the Topaz Jivesters. From left to right: Sadie Towata (piano), Tak Enomoto (tenor sax), Ronald Yoshida (trumpet), Ich Sasaki (drums), A. (Ike) Nakamura (trumpet), Kaz Maruoka (trumpet), and I. Matsuhara (alto sax). File includes two physical copies and one negative. Photograph paper, ink. [...]
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Photograph of the Poston Music Makers. Two rows of musicians: 1 piano (left arm visible), 1 guitar, 4 saxophones, 1 percussion, 1 trombone, 3 trumpets. Group is playing on a stage in front of a flag, American flag visible at the far right. Photograph paper, ink. [...]
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Group photo of residents of Block 28, Topaz during the incarceration. Group includes families of all ages and profession, and are posing in front of the Block Office. 1 page, single sided. Photo, black and white. [...]
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Photograph of the Topaz Rhythm Kings. Six players in photograph: 1 piano (identified by Tom Tsuji as Mary Ikeda), 1 guitar (Ich. Sasaki who was the band leader), 1 trumpet (Mas Maruoka), 1 trombone (unidentified) and 1 drummer (unidentified). File includes three physical copies (one 8 x 10, two 5 [...]
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