The resources listed are a collection of suggested readings on the topic of Japanese American Internment during World War II.  This list is by no means exhaustive, but represents the numerous sub-genres within this large subject. 


Resources are divided into the following categories

General (Internment & Exclusion) – general information on internment and exclusion

Art, Photography & Poetry – art, photography, and poetry created about internment and by internees (some during internment)

By State – resources on various camps and detention centers by state

Civil Rights – including information on redress/reparations

General History – reference materials and historical resources on Asian Americans

Government Documents – a great source for primary documents regarding internment

Memoir / Biography / Personal Narrative  - personal experiences from all camps 

Military Service – these resources examine the military service of Japanese Americans during World War II

Miscellaneous Resources – baseball, enemy alien internment, deniers and supporters of internment, and women

Online Resources –  primary sources, online exhibitions and collections, and information on national Japanese American organizations

Pre/Post War – attitudes towards Japanese Americans and resettlement


For your own search strategies on the topic of Japanese American Internment during World War II, we suggest the following:

Worldcat ( is an online interface that allows you to search collections of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.  You can use the following Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to search for resources on topics related to internment.  You can also use these subject headings to search at your local library!

Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945

World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- United States

World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians

World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans



Other keyword / terms that can be used in catalog and internet searches​ include, but are not limited to, the following

General Keywords: Detention; Evacuation; Executive Order 9066; Incarceration; Internment; Japanese Americans; Relocation; Reparations/Redress/Resettlement; United States

Material Types: Autobiographies; Diaries; Interviews; Letters; Memoirs; Narratives; Speeches

​Geographic Areas/Locations: (e.g. Hawaii, Rohwer, Crystal City, etc.)
Individuals: (e.g. Fred Korematsu, Dillon Meyer, FDR, J. Edgar Hoover, etc.)
Populations: (e.g. military, women, enemy aliens, etc.)   

TIP: The more terms you combine, the more specific your search results will be!