American concentration camps : [a documentary history of the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans, 1942-1945] (1989)


The Central Japanese Association of America published this pamphlet in 1942 "in the hope that the Japanese residents in Southern California may familiarize themselves with the fundamental principles of American institutions, ideals and traditions."

Camp II, block 211; daily life in an internment camp (Graphic novel)

Center regulations. Includes facsimile of the Civilian Exclusion Order No. 5 issued by the Western Defense Command in 1942.

[Dillon Myer tells of relocating 110,000 Japanese-Americans to 10 relocation centers in 7 inland states].  Courtesy of the Vincent Voice Library.

Evacuation diary of Hatsuye Egami (1995)

Final report : Japanese evacuation from the West coast, 1942. Issued by the U.S. Army's. Western Defense Command and Fourth Army.

Hearings Held by the Dies Committee at Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Heart Mountain, Wyoming (1942). 

The Dies Committee was an alternate name for the House Un-American Activities Committee; it was charied by Congressman Martin Dies, Jr., of Texas.


Imprisoned apart : the World War II correspondence of an Issei couple (1997)

Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry living in the following area : all that portion of the county of Los Angeles, State of California, beginning at the point where the Santa Clara River crosses the Los Angeles-Ventura County line ...  Issued by the U.S. Army's. Western Defense Command and Fourth Army, 1942.


Investigation of Un-American Propaganda Activities in the U.S.  Hearings held by the House Un-American Activities Committee on subversive activities in internment camps


Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Digital Archive.

Digitization of the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS), a research project initiated in 1942 at the University of California, Berkeley. It aimed to document and examine the mass internment of Japanese Americans by embedding Nisei social science students recruited from the Berkeley campus into selected internment sites.  Another link.

Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers : Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life (Gale Cengage Archives Unbound).  :

Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life offers scholars rare first-person accounts and seldom-heard voices. By recording the concerns and challenges of the interned Japanese-Americans, this collection delivers new levels of depth and credibility. Use this unique digital resource to support research in Asian studies, ethnic studies, social history, journalism, law, conflict studies, World War II studies and more....In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was besieged with demands that action be taken against citizens of Japanese descent – motivated by the fear that Japanese-Americans would become a fifth column for the Japanese military command. By April 1942, more than 100,000 persons – resident aliens and American citizens alike – were moved to relocation centers run by the War Relocation Authority. Many of the 25 titles in this collection are complete or substantially complete. Editions have been carefully collated and omissions are noted. Although articles in these files frequently appear in Japanese, most of the papers are in English or in dual text....For more information, download a Product Fact Sheet [pdf, 633 KB]

Japanese American Relocation Camp Newspapers. Heart Mountain Sentinel (Cody, Wyoming Relocation Camp), November 7, 1942-June 2, 1945 (microfilm 29073);  Manzanar Free Press  (Manzanar, CA Relocation Camp), June 2, 1942-July 1, 1944;   Newell Star (Newell, CA Relocation Camp), March 9, 1944 - Feb. 15, 1946.  Tulean dispatch daily. Access restricted to MSU community and MSU Library visitors.

Japanese American Relocation Collection

This collection of over 200 photographs from the Hearst collection documents the relocation of Japanese Americans in California during World War II. Courtesy of the University of Southern California Digital Library.

Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives (JARDA).

This portal contains thousands of Japanese American internment primary source materials, including : (1) Personal diaries, letters, photographs, and drawings; (2) US War Relocation Authority materials, including camp newsletters, final reports, photographs, and other documents relating to the day-to-day administration of the camps; (3) Personal histories documenting the lives of the people who lived in the camps as well as the administrators who created and worked in the camps. Courtesy of the University of California.

Japanese camp newspapers. Microfilm collection (1977)

Last witnesses : reflections on the wartime internment of Japanese Americans (2001)

Life Interrupted : The Japanese American Experience in WWII Arkansas

During World War II, the United States government placed over 120,000 Japanese Americans from the west coast and Hawaii in ten war relocation camps. Two of those camps were located in southeastern Arkansas. One in Rohwer, the other in Jerome. Life Interrupted will offer a unique opportunity to educate Arkansans and Americans on the unique struggle fo the Japanese American people during this trying time in our nation's past.


Online Archive of the Japanese American Relocation during World War II.  

From 1941 to 1946, Occidental College President Remsen DuBois Bird and College Librarian Elizabeth McCloy made it their mission to preserve articles, newspapers, pamphlets, and other items related to the forced internment of persons of Japanese ancestry along the West Coast. Several years ago, a beneficent grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation's Archival Grants Program made the digitization of these documents possible. The result is this engaging and important digital collection, which includes close to 300 items. At the heart of this collection are the 275 letters and papers from the correspondence of President Bird. As their website suggests "The correspondence offers a rich resource for learning more about the issues of higher education, civil liberties and actions of individuals during the forced evacuation of the Japanese Americans during World War II." Users can use the "Search Archive" tab to access the collection, and they will probably want to take a look at the topical headings here or just use the drop-down "Letters" tab to look through select letters.

Papers of the U.S. Commission on Wartime Relocatiom and Internment of Civilians. Microfilm collection (1984). Guide

People in motion : the postwar adjustment of the evacuated Japanese Americans (1975) Produced by the Dept. of the Interior, War Agency Liquidation Unit. Also called the Cullum Report.

Personal Justice Denied : Public Hearings of the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment, 1981

Gale Cengage Archives Unbound online resource.  : On February 19, 1942, ten weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 giving the Secretary of War and delegated military commanders the power to exclude any and all persons, citizens and aliens, from designated areas in order to provide security against sabotage, espionage and fifth column activity. Shortly thereafter, all American citizens of Japanese descent were prohibited from living, working or traveling on the West Coast of the United States. The same prohibition applied to the generation of Japanese immigrants who, pursuant to federal law and despite long residence in the United States, were not permitted to become American citizens. Initially, this exclusion was to be carried out by "voluntary" relocation. That policy inevitably failed, and these American citizens and their alien parents were removed by the Army, first to "assembly centers"—temporary quarters at racetracks and fairgrounds—and then to "relocation centers"—bleak barrack camps mostly in desolate areas of the West. The camps were surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by military police. Departure was permitted only after a loyalty review on terms set, in consultation with the military, by the War Relocation Authority. Many of those removed from the West Coast were eventually allowed to leave the camps to join the Army, go to college, or to whatever private employment was available. For a larger number, however, the war years were spent behind barbed wire until the prohibition was lifted in December 1944....This digital collection consists of testimony and documents from more than 750 witnesses: Japanese Americans and Aleuts who had lived through the events of WWII, former government officials who ran the internment program, public figures, internees, organizations such as the Japanese American Citizens League, interested citizens, historians, and other professionals who had studied the subjects of the Commission's inquiry. Many of the transcripts are personal stories of experiences of evacuees. Documents include publications, reports, press releases, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. related to the hearings.

Tule Lake Relocation Center : newspaper clippings and correspondence (1943)

Voices from this long brown land : oral recollections of Owens Valley lives and Manzanar pasts (2006)