Image Galleries, Oral Histories, and Archives

Truman Library - The War Relocation Authority &
the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII.

Japanese American Citizens League Oral History Project at Cal State, Sacramento

Japanese Relocation and Internment During World War II Collection

War Relocation Authority Photographs of Japanese-American Evacuation and Resettlement, 1942-1945

Ansel Adams Collection
More Specifically: Library of Congress Collection of Ansel Adams, Photographs from Japanese Internment

Print - Books and Journals

Manzanar (New York: Times Books, 1988), with photographs by Ansel Adams and commentary by John Hersey, provides a stunning portrait of a camp.

Farewell to Manzanar (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1973), is an easy-to-read memoir by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment.

Nisei Daughter (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1979), a memoir by Monica Sone, and Obasan (Boston: D.R. Godine, 1982), a novel by Joy Kogawa, capture the prewar, wartime, and postwar life of Japanese Americans.

Bill Hosokawa's Nisei: The Quiet Americans (New York: W. Morrow, 1969), Roger Daniels' Prisoners Without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II (New York: Hill and Wang, 1993), Page Smith's Democracy on Trial: Japanese American Evacuation and Relocation in World War II (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995), and a portion of Ronald Takaki's A Different Mirror : A History of Multicultural America (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1993) provide a historical look at internment.

A few stories of Nisei and their reactions to internment can be found in Studs Terkel's The Good War: An Oral History of World War Two (New York: Pantheon Books, 1984) and Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation (New York: Random House, 1998).

A novel, Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994), set in the Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest, gives an account of life and tensions before, during, and after World War II as cultural values clash in a love story about a Caucasian man and a woman of Japanese ancestry.

A recent novel, The Climate of the Country by Marnie Mueller (Willimantic, CT: Curbstone Press, 1999), is based on the author's experience of living with her father, a Caucasian, who was interned as a conscientious objector.

 

 

 



 

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Soldiers
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Relocating
Train
Japantown Elite