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Japanese American Incarceration: Publications, Letters, and Other Documents

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Social Studies +1 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 yearbooks, magazines, letters, official announcements, and other important documents from the Japanese American Incarceration era.  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 Life, Japanese American Incarceration: Camp Objects, 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  This order was not rescinded until 1945.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 documents reveal about the restrictions placed on Japanese American families while they were incarcerated. 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, rohwer center high school yearbook, magazine, newsletter, isamu noguchi, calendar

Trek Vol. 1, no. 1

Archives of American Art

Letters From Camp by Frank Chi

Smithsonian Institution

The Rohwer Outpost

National Museum of American History

Trek Vol. 1, no. 1

Archives of American Art

Trek Vol. 1, no. 2

Archives of American Art

Letter from Margaret Hayashi to Mr. Hayes

National Museum of American History

Isamu Noguchi, Ariz. letter to Man Ray

Archives of American Art

Rejection letter from Yale University

National Museum of American History

February 1943 - Calendar

National Museum of American History

May 1943 - Calendar

National Museum of American History

March 1944 - Calendar

National Museum of American History

August 1944 - Calendar

National Museum of American History

Evacuee Center Regulations, Evacuation Notice

National Museum of American History

Resident I.D. card

National Museum of American History

W.C.C.A. Center Store coupon book

National Museum of American History

Amache Junior HS Program, Amache, 1944

National Museum of American History

'43 Ramblings Yearbook

National Museum of American History

Poster, "Lets Relocate to Illinois

National Museum of American History

Short-Term Leave Authorization, WRA

National Museum of American History

W.R.A. Leave Pass, Teiji Okuda, No. 15771

National Museum of American History

War Ration Book #4

National Museum of American History

Merry Christmas 442nd Combat Team Card

National Museum of American History

War Stamp and Bond Drive Poster

National Museum of American History

Compromise Settlement

National Museum of American History