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Guide to the Muramoto (Walter) Collection 1942-1945
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Walter Muramoto Collection
    Date: 1942-1945
    Creator: Muramoto, Walter
    Repository: Japanese American National Museum
    Los Angeles, CA 90012
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Gift of Walter Muramoto family.


    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.

    Publication Rights

    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).

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Gift of Walter Muramoto Family, Japanese American National Museum, 97.292


    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.

    Scope and Content

    361 black and white photographs of daily life in camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.