Historical Background

Scope and Content

Digital Content

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the Japanese Internment Camp Photograph Collection



PH Collection No.: 793
Title: Japanese Internment Camp photograph collection
Date Span: circa 1942-1946
Quantity: 18 photographic prints (1 folder) ; various sizes
Location: Entire collection available on digital site
K900 (1 folder - use digital site to preserve original photographs)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Landscape, fence and guard tower at an internment camp (possibly Tule Lake, California), circa 1942-1946. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW28280z




Historical Background

The Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to great fear within the United States. Residents along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. were particularly affected by this event and feared additional bombings. On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which decreed that residents of Japanese ancestry be evacuated from their homes and relocated to inland locations. Executive Order 9066, and the resulting War Relocation Authority evacuated, relocated and interned 120,000 American citizens and permanent resident aliens who were of Japanese ancestry.

The Tule Lake Relocation Center in California (the likely location for these photographs) opened in 1942. It was quickly turned into the camp for "disloyal" Japanese--those who answered "no" on the loyalty test. Because of this, Tule Lake was the longest running internment camp, remaining open until March 20, 1946.

Scope and Content

Photographs of Japanese Americans in an internment camp, possibly at Tule Lake, California. Most of the photographs are of groups or individuals outside; also included are children playing in the snow and views of the landscape and guard towers.

Digital Content

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open to the public. Entire collection is available on digital site. Use digital site to preserve original photographs.

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Acquisition Info

Source: Fairlook Antiques, 2006


Inventory

 
 Date
1-2View of landscape, fence and guard tower at an internment camp (possibly at Tule Lake, California)   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
3Group of Japanese men and women outside a building   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
4Group of Japanese men and women on a hill   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
5Group of Japanese men and boys in the snow   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
6Japanese men and boys having a snowball fight in front of barracks   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
7-8Group of Japanese men posing outside a building   View imagecirca 1942-1946
Hiroki Nishimura is on the far right.
 
9-10Hiroki Nishimura and another Japanese man posing in snow   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
11A smaller version of #10, cropped to only show Hiroki Nishimura   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
12Hiroki Nishimura and another Japanese man outside a building   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
13-14Hiroki Nishimura outside buildings   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
15Hiroki Nishimura outside a building   View imagecirca 1942-1946
"To Johnny Matsuda. Hiroki Nishimura"
 
16Hiroki Nishimura smoking next to an automobile   View imagecirca 1942-1946
 
17Young Japanese man leaning against an automobile   View imageJanuary 1946
"To Mr. Matsuda, sincerely K."
 
18Man in a uniform standing outside a snow-covered building   View imagecirca 1942-1946
"To John. Always Tom"

Subject Terms

Organizations:
Tule Lake Relocation Center--Photographs, subjecy.
Geographic Names:
California--Photographs.
Subjects:
Concentration camp inmates--California--Photographs.
Concentration camp inmates--United States--Photographs.
Japanese Americans--California--Photographs.
Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Photographs.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--California--Photographs.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--United States--Photographs.
Genre Headings:
Photographs.
Last modified: October 16, 2013
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