About the Project

About the Project

Camp Collections: A Digital Library

On September 2013, NJAHS was awarded a JACS grant to continue its efforts to improve public access to the collections by digitizing objects from NJAHS’ Camp Collections and posting them in the online database hosted by the USF Gleeson Library. Camp Collections: A Digital Library focused on providing accessibility to the NJAHS collections and cross cultural awareness by involving diverse participants in the implementation portion of the project as well as by including a wider selection of objects from more confinement sites including Department of Justice and U.S. Army facilities. Under the direction of NJAHS’s Director Rosalyn Tonai, Project Director and USF Adjunct Faculty, Paloma Añoveros, the project involved the active participation of the USF graduate students in the Museum Studies program. As part of the Collections Management/Preservation class, the students participated in the documentation, scanning, and photography, of 203 objects. The information was uploaded to the USF Gleeson Library Digital Collections for public access.

Collections Manager / USF Museum Studies student Max Nihei served as key support staff for the project. This multidisciplinary project involved the invaluable participation of USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu, website designer Roy Chan and web development firm Verve. Additionally, Museum Studies program students Conny Bleul-Gohlke, Hillary Eischinger, and Lydia Marouf were valuable summer interns for the project.

We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in advancing the development of the website:

Rosalyn Tonai, NJAHS Executive Director / Project Director
Paloma Añoveros, USF Collections Management class instructor / Project Manager
Max Nihei, NJAHS Collections Manager / USF Museum Studies, Class of Spring 2015
Jessica Zheng Lu, USF Digital Collections Librarian
Verve Web Development

USF Museum Studies Program Class of 2014 Students:

Elinoar Almagor
Merrill Amos
Alexa Beaman
Leah Belcher
Kaitlin Buickel
Cornelia Bleul-Gohlke
Ray Bussolari
Janet Carmona
Celia Castro
Briana Commins
Nalini Elias
Jenny Fry
Laura Harvey
Natalie Hollett
Brianna Jilson
Marykaren Mrowka
Stephen Ryan Pinter
James Peth
Cho Rao
Mariah Shevchuk

USF Museum Studies Program Class of 2015 Students:

Kathryn Booth
Miriam Blumenfeld
Kayla Bruemmer
Victor Crosetti
Shannon Crowner
Hillary Eichinger
Jordan Dresser
Angela Gala
Erin Golightly
Jenna Hebert
Nell Herbert
Lauren Law Kingsley
Laura Langlois
Rheilly Llanos
Lydia Marouf
Sabrina Oliveros
Fahimeh Rahravan
Kathleen Schlier
Amber Spicer
Melissa Zabel


  • History

    Click below to learn about the history of the project.
  • Project 1, Phase 1: Website and Database Production

    The original project was undertaken with Lynne Horiuchi and Seth Wachtel in his Community Services Architectural Studio at USF. Lynne Horiuchi assigned students to work on designing the website and database. As a collaborative project, Lynne Horiuchi structured the content and guided the design along with several website consultants. The students designed and developed the website, producing all major elements: a home page, the tabbed format, links by type for locations, drawings, and objects/artifacts.

    The group learned together as all participants came to the project with little experience in website design. Students and project staff alike learned how purpose and content structured the website’s design, working with USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu and digital archivist consultant Susan Garfinkel.

    Lynne Horiuchi had previously collected copies of architectural drawings and engineering plans of the 10 WRA Centers for research for a forthcoming book, Dislocations: The Planning, Design and Construction of Japanese American Confinement Sites. Lynne Horiuchi obtained digitized copies of these drawings and plans from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collection. Jimi Yamaichi, a dedicated member of the Tule Lake Committee and Curator at the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, also contributed a number of scans from his private collection of drawings and plans of Tule Lake Relocation / Segregation Center. Additional digital scans were obtained from NARA for the website. The National Japanese American Historical Society has also provided images of camp objects from its collection and from individual private collections featured in the Sasae: Objects of Memory and Art of Gaman exhibitions.

    This hands-on undergraduate studio project explored website content and critical assessments of user accessibility and collections metadata work with Jessica Zheng Lu. It was a seminal pedagogical model that became the basis to develop interdisciplinary programs in historic preservation, geography, landscape architecture, urban studies, and other academic areas.

    We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in creating this website:

    Lynne Horiuchi, Project Director
    Seth Wachtel, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Department of Art + Architecture, USF
    Susan Garfinkel, Website/Database Design Consultant
    Hachem Mahfoud, Research Assistant/ Web Designer
    Belen Ponce, Research Assistant/ Original Web Designer
    The Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, USF
    Jessica Zheng Lu, Digital Collections Librarian
    Jimi Yamaichi, Contributor
    Francis Wong, Web Design Direction

    Student Participants:
    Ariel Takata-Vasquez
    Keng-Lin Lu
    Sheila Imandoust
    Becca Liu
    Melody Peralta

  • Project 1, Phase 2: Website Redesign and Database Management

    In November 2012, a new project team consisting of Project Director Rosalyn Tonai, Collections Manager and Project Assistant Max Nihei, website designer Roy Chan, USF Digital Collections Librarian Jessica Zheng Lu, and collections consultant Paloma Añoveros was assembled. Roy Chan redesigned the website using WordPress for better look and feel, easier customizability, more features, and improved security. With consultation from JACS, the website and database’s content were checked for language consistency and historical accuracy.

    Max Nihei photographed 46 objects from the NJAHS collection and Rosalyn Tonai, after conducting onsite research at NARA in College Park, M.D. ordered 38 engineering plans of 8 relocation sites for the database. As of August 2013, the database now contained 162 architectural plans and engineering maps and 121 camp objects. After Max Nihei compiled information on the maps and objects, images and information, Jessica Zheng Lu uploaded them to the database.

    We gratefully acknowledge the participation of the following individuals and institutions in advancing the development of the website:

    Jessica Zheng Lu, USF Digital Collections Librarian, Gleeson Library
    Rosalyn Tonai, Project Director, NJAHS
    Max Nihei, Project Assistant / Collections Manager, NJAHS
    Roy Chan, Web Designer
    Paloma Añoveros, Collections Consultant, USF Museum Studies Instructor
    Tyrone Cannon, Dean of USF Gleeson Library Collections


NPS logo Japanese American Confinement Sites Grant, Program of the National Park Service

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USFUniversity of San Francisco

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This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

This material received Federal financial assistance for the preservation and interpretation of U.S. confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted projects. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to:

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