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 Down Beats. Woodie Ichihashi is identified as the leader and Gordon Chang is identified from the Bancroft Library. No negative is with the file, note included that the negative was from Chang Gordon. Photograph is of the group playing for people, the crowd is visible [...]
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Photograph of Poston Music Makers. Two rows of musicians: 1 guitar, 4 saxophones, 1 percussion, 1 trombone, 2 trumpets in view. Group is playing on a lit stage in front of a flag and behind four music stantions. Note on back identifies Robert (Bob) Wada. Photograph paper, ink. [...]
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Photo negative of the Tule Lake Chorus. Image shows fove female singers posing in front of a curtain that features stars. A man is visible on the right side wearing a tuxedo. Only photo negative is included in the file. Photonegative. [...]
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A plain postcard sent to Mr. S. Eijima, at 224 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA, USA. From M. Takagi, at Takasago, Urawa. Stamped on the address side in red ink: "Des Prisonniersde Guerre, Japan Civilian Internee, Home Address." There are 4 different circular stamped markings on this side. The stamps are [...]
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A plain postcard sent to Mr. Sanji Eijima, at 224 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA, USA. From a Japanese address written in Japanese. Stamped on the address side in red ink: "Des Prisonniersde Guerre, Japan Civilian Internee, Home Address." There are 4 different circular stamped markings on this side. The stamps [...]
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