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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Tanforan Totalizer Newspaper Vol. 1 No. 6. 'The Sum of Center Life.' Headline on front page reads, 'Five Win Posts in Election for Center Council.' 8 pages. Paper, ink. [...]
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Tanforan Totalizer Newspaper Vol. 1. No. 1. Front page headline reads, 'Assembly Center Head Greets Residents.' 4 pages. Paper, ink. [...]
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The Newell Star, Vol. 2, No. 10. March 9,1945. Headline: 'Work On Relocation Headquarters Begins.' 4 pages, double sided. Paper, ink, staple. [...]
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The Roundup Newspaper no. 39. June 16, 1945. 'The Day Is Here...This Is It...' 2 pages, double sided. Paper, ink. [...]
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The War Relocation Work Corps Pamphlet, A Circular of Information for enlistees and their Families detailing the War Relocation Work Corps, its purpose and operation. Contains opening letter from M.S. Eisenhower, Director of War Relocation Authority. Also describes approved relocation areas and the type of work that may occur therein. [...]
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This project is sponsored by the National Japanese American Historical Society.