Guide to the Japanese-American Internment Camp Materials, 1942-ca. 1999

Special Collections & Archives

Oviatt Library

California State University, Northridge
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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Japanese-American Internment Camp Materials
Dates: 1942-ca. 1999
Identification: SC/JAIC
Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: The Japanese-American internment camps during World War II were administered by the War Relocation Authority. Camp inmates independently wrote and distributed many of their own documents associated with the camp newspapers, camp stores, school publications, and other camp activities. This group of materials contains non-War Relocation Authority documents issued in the internment camps or that are related to the internment.

Historical Note:

The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name:

North American Cooperative Rehabilitation Association
Poston Relocation Center (Ariz.)
Santa Anita Assembly Center (Calif.)

Genre/Form of Material:

Paper records

Topical Term:

Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Japanese Americans

Administrative Information

Processing Information:

Tony Gardner

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Electronic Format:

Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the CSU Japanese American Digitization Project.  For more information please see  

Related Publications:

This collection is a part of the Japanese-American Internment Camp Collection.  

Preferred Citation:

For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

Scope and Contents

The Japanese-American Internment Camp Materials includes documents created at Japanese-American internment camps, administered by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) during World War II. Collection contents were independently written and distributed by inmates, and include information about camp newspapers, camp stores, school publications, and other camp activities. Documents may have been reviewed and censored by the WRA. Newspaper from outside the camps, which regularly reported on the camps and internment during and after the war, are also included.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Gila and Manzanar Newspaper Correspondence with Leonard Bloom, 1942

Box 1, Folder 2

Gila River, Rivers Arizona, 13,000 Japanese, Leonard Schulman, 1943

Box 1, Folder 3

Gila River, Citizens under Guard, Leonard Schulman, 1943

Box 1, Folder 4

Gila River, School on the Desert, 1943

Box 1, Folder 5

Hospital Clinic Schedule

Box 1, Folder 6

Legal Cases, Minori Yasui vs. United States of America, Supreme Court, 1943

Box 1, Folder 7

Legal Cases, Gordon Hirabayashi Defense Committee, 1943

Box 1, Folder 8

Lilian Baker Documents in Response to the 1992 Library Exhibition

Box 1, Folder 9

Newsclippings, ca. 1940-ca. 1949

Box 1, Folder 10

Newsclippings, ca. 1970-ca. 1979

Box 1, Folder 11

Newsclippings, ca. 1980-ca. 1989

Box 1, Folder 12

Newsclippings, ca. 1990-ca. 1999

Box 1, Folder 13

Our Stakes in the Japanese Exodus, Paul S. Taylor, Survey Graphic, September 1942