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Japanese American Incarceration: Camp Objects

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Social Studies Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

This topical collection includes objects used by inmates in Japanese American Incarceration camps.  It is one in a series of collections, each containing different types of resources, about the Japanese American Incarceration; see also Japanese American Incarceration: Images of Camp LifeJapanese Incarceration: Publications, Letters, and Other Documents, and Japanese American Incarceration: Articles and Videos about Inmate Experiences.

In February 1942, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 and authorized the imprisonment of approximately 75,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry and 45,000 Japanese nationals in incarceration camps.  This order was not rescinded until 1945.

Teachers and students may use this collection as a springboard for classroom discussion; for example, what types of objects inmates created during their incarceration and why they created these objects. This collection is not comprehensive but rather provides a launching point for research and study.

This Smithsonian Learning Lab collection received Federal support from the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

Keywords: internment camp, world war ii, ww2, wwii, gaman

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Baby Identification Bracelet

National Museum of American History

Letters From Camp by Frank Chi

Smithsonian Institution

Wooden name plate used in Manzanar

National Museum of American History

Bird Pin, carved by June Shimizu, Tule Lake, 1944

National Museum of American History

Mickey Mouse Japanese Geta Sandal (R)

National Museum of American History

Button Necklace

National Museum of American History

Girl's Pink Crocheted Dress

National Museum of American History

Roofed Japanese Lantern

National Museum of American History

Red Sweater Vest

National Museum of American History

papier-mache bonsai tree

National Museum of American History

Relief carving, bird and flower

National Museum of American History

Butsudan-Buddhist altar

National Museum of American History

Christmas card

National Museum of American History

Tsune Deer Pin, by Nao Yabumoto, Tule Lake, May 1945

National Museum of American History

Wooden Tool

National Museum of American History

Record player

National Museum of American History

Love birds and hearts pin

National Museum of American History

Wooden Pin, "Tosh"

National Museum of American History

identification tag, Granada, 1942

National Museum of American History

Carved Kobu, man and animals

National Museum of American History

Raffia zori (sandals)

National Museum of American History

Identification button

National Museum of American History

Radio

National Museum of American History

Wooden Pendant, heart

National Museum of American History

Wood carving, fish and plants

National Museum of American History

Fireman's Auxiliary Tag, Granada, 1942

National Museum of American History

Purse

National Museum of American History

Bookmark, "Keep `Um Flying"

National Museum of American History

Tin Tray, Fish Design

National Museum of American History

Set of Small Wooden Carving, Geta

National Museum of American History

Bookmark, "Rohwer Relocation Center 1944"

National Museum of American History

Two acorn heads

National Museum of American History

Raffia Coaster

National Museum of American History

Flower pin

National Museum of American History

Baseball glove

National Museum of American History