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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  http://digitalcollections.usfca.edu

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.”

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2. If you are interested in a particular site, use the interactive map on the Home Page.

This map will take you to images for each site by type: 1) architectural drawings, 2) objects, and 3) engineering plans or maps from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection.

Collection Summary and Administrative Information

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

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

Date (bulk): bulk 1942-1945

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

Creator: Lynne Horiuchi gathered, researched, and scanned the images of drawings and maps from copies produced from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) collections and from Jimi Yamaichi’s collection of copies of maps and drawings for the Tule Lake Relocation Center and Segregation Center. Tara Hadibrata, NJAHS Collections Manager, had objects digitally photographed for the website database. Hachem Mahfoud and Belen Ponce were responsible for the website design, and assisted Lynne Horiuchi in production matters.

Extent: There are 162 images scanned from maps and drawings and 121 digital images of artifacts from NJAHS’ collection, totaling 283 images, as of August 9, 2013. These artifacts, drawings, and maps are associated with ten Relocation Centers: Central Utah (Topaz), Colorado River (Poston), Granada (Amache), Gila River, Heart Mountain, Jerome, Manzanar, Minidoka, Rohwer, and Tule Lake.

JACS Image Totals 070113

Repository: Gleeson Library Digital Collections. 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 artifacts shown are from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection and were produced in the Relocation Centers. The U.S. government produced the majority of the architectural/engineering drawings, plans, and maps in the collection.

Abstract: The goal of this website was to provide access to 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 collection includes three types of images: 1) architectural drawings, 2) engineering plans or maps, and 3) objects from the National Japanese American Historical Society’s collection.

Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English.

Physical Location: 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.

Physical Location: Many of the plans, maps and drawings may be found in the National Archives and Record Administration (NARA) facilities.