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Browse the Collection in the University of San Francisco Gleeson Library Digital Collections

There are two ways of browsing the images which are housed in the Digital Collections of the Gleeson Library/Geschke Center at the University of San Francisco:

1. To browse the collection housed on the University of San Francisco Library’s Digital Collections site, click on the link

There you will find information about the images and be able to use the viewing tools on the upper bar of the image viewer to zoom in, crop, etc. The zoom feature is particularly useful for the large format drawings. The collection is housed in the Printing and Art Collections and has been named “Confinement Sites.”


2. If you are interested in a particular confinement site, use the interactive map on this website’s Home Page.

This map will take you to images for each site by type: 1) architectural drawings, 2) engineering plans or maps, 3) objects, 4) documents, and 5) photographs from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection. There are 10 excerpts of Japanese Latin American incarceree oral histories available by going to the Crystal City page.

Collection Summary and Administrative Information

Collection Title: Drawings, Maps, and Artifacts of Japanese American Confinement Sites

Date (inclusive): Original website created April 30, 2010;  new website published August 26, 2013

Date (bulk): bulk 1942-1945

Collection Provenance: The collections of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS), Lynne Horiuchi, Jimi Yamaichi, and the National Archives and Records Administration.

Extent: There are 162 images scanned from maps and drawings, 121 digital images of objects, 439 documents and photographs, and 10 Japanese Peruvian oral histories from NJAHS’ collection, totaling 938 unique entries in the online database, as of September 1, 2017. These artifacts, drawings, and maps are associated with:

10 Relocation Centers: Topaz, Poston, Amache, Gila River, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Rohwer, and Tule Lake.
7 Assembly Centers: Merced, Pomona, Puyallup, Salinas, Santa Anita, Stockton, Tanforan
3 Department of Justice Internment Camps: Crystal City, Santa Fe, Seagoville
1 U.S. Army Facility: Lordsburg


















Repository: University of San Francsico Gleeson Library Digital Collections. The artifacts shown are from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection and were produced in the Relocation Centers. Oral histories of Japanese Latin Americans were produced by the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project. The majority of the digital images shown are copies of maps and drawings and are the property of the owners, Lynne Horiuchi and Jimi Yamaichi, who have lent their digital scans to NJAHS for the purpose of providing digital access to them. The U.S. government produced the majority of the architectural/engineering drawings, plans, and maps in the collection.

Abstract: The goal of this website is to provide access to the NJAHS collection, as well as images relating to the planning, design, and construction of Japanese American confinement sites during World War II, specifically the “Relocation Centers.” These were ten semi-permanent sites located in isolated areas of the western United States and Arkansas. The website has since expanded to incorporate WRA temporary “Assembly Centers,” U.S. Army Facilities, and INS Department of Justice internment camps. The map is meant to reflect the collection in the USF Database, and not the actual number of Japanese American confinement sites. The collection includes three types of images: 1) architectural drawings, 2) engineering plans or maps, 3) objects, 4) documents, 5) photographs, and 6) oral histories from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection.

Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.

Physical Location: Many of the objects, documents, photographs and oral histories can be found at the National Japanese American Historical Society. 1684 Post Street, San Francisco, CA. 94115. Many of the plans, maps and drawings may be found in the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) facilities.

Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English and Japanese.