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Guide to the Muramoto (Walter) Collection 1942-1945
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361 black and white photographs of daily life in camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.
Walter Wataru Muramoto (1915-1984) was an amateur photographer from Redondo Beach, California. Muramoto, a nisei, learned about taking pictures from his father, a photographer who specialized in school photos in Japan. While incarcerated at Rohwer concentration camp with his family from 1942 to 1945, Muramoto became known as the unofficial camp photographer. He was often asked to photograph events and people in camp with the camera he had borrowed from a Buddhist reverend. The collection consists of over 300 loose prints that document daily life at the Arkansas camp.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Collections Management and Access Unit at the Japanese American National Museum (collections@janm.org).
Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the Japanese American National Museum's Collections Management and Access Unit at (213) 830-5615 or collections@janm.org to schedule an appointment.