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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A plain postcard sent to Mr. & Mrs. Sanji Eijima, at 224 Primrose Road, Burlingame, CA, USA. From T. Tamia, at Isakura Mura, Okayama. 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. [...]
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Yearbook titled �The Rivulet� from Canal High School in the Gila River concentration camp in Arizona. The yearbook is from 1945 and besides the obvious WWII presence throughout the yearbooks transitional images and some occasional paragraphs that speak about the war overseas the yearbook is set up like any other [...]
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Excerpt from an oral history interview of Asunción Sakoda and Isabel Sakoda. Conducted in Spanish by Stephanie Moore on 6/5/1999 in Lima, Peru. Transcribed by Jill Taylor and Rebeca Walker-Marquez. Translated by Rebeca Walker-Marquez. Edited by Rebeca Walker-Marquez, Stephanie Moore, and Grace Shimizu. [...]
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Excerpt from an oral history interview of Augusto Kague. Conducted in Spanish by Stephanie Moore on 6/8/1999 in Lima, Peru. Transcribed by David Sweet-Cordero. Translated by David Sweet-Cordero. Edited by David Sweet-Cordero and Grace Shimizu. [...]
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Excerpt from an oral history interview of Blanca Sadako Katsura. Conducted in English by Libia Hideko Yamamoto and Grace Shimizu on 3/6/1994 at East Bay Free Methodist Church, Richmond, California, USA. Edited by Gabriela Nakashima. [...]
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