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"I Am An American" Sign On Store Front
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken in San Francisco, CA. "A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8,...
Baby's Suit
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This winter suit was knitted for one of the 541 babies born at Manzanar. There were 188 couples who married in camp.
Boarding A Bus For Manzanar
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken in Lone Pine, CA. "A group arriving by train from Elk Grove and boarding a bus for Manzanar, a War Relocation Authority center where evacuees...
Bookcase
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Internees reused wood from fruit and packing crates to build furniture. To provide work opportunities for those with manual skills, the War...
Calendar Plate With Fragments
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This plate provides evidence of the ranches and orchards that dominated the Manzanar landscape before World War II. It connects us to the families...
Calf Weaner
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Cattle and sheep were predominant in the Owens Valley in the 1860s as ranchers found a temporary market to supply miners and prospectors. This calf...
Camera [replica]
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Toyo Miyatake was a successful commercial photographer in Los Angeles before the World War II. When war broke out, Japanese Americans were banned...
Checking Registration Numbers
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken in Hayward, CA. "Evacuees of Japanese ancestry about ready to board the bus to an Assembly Center. An official of WCCA Control Station is...
Coffee Can
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
The top of this coffee can carries these embossed words, "Maxwell House Coffee/100% Pure/Good to the Last Drop," and an image of an inverted coffee...
Construction Begins At Manzanar
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
"Construction begins at Manzanar, now a War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry, in Owens Valley, flanked by the High...
Dog Figurine
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
People were not allowed to bring their pets to camp. A few were smuggled in. Later, some local people dumped puppies and kittens along the highway,...
Early Comer
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken in San Francisco, CA. "An early comer arrives with personal effects at 2020 Van Ness Avenue as part of the contingent of 664 residents of...
Evacuees Waiting For Buses
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
"Evacuees of Japanese ancestry arrive here by train and await buses for Manzanar, now a War Relocation Authority center." Shi Nomura later recalled...
Evacuees Waiting For Buses At Lone Pine Train Station
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
"Evacuees of Japanese ancestry arrive here by train and await buses for Manzanar, now a War Relocation Authority center." Shi Nomura later recalled...
Exclusion Orders
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken in San Francisco, CA. "On a brick wall beside air raid shelter poster, exclusion orders were posted at First and Front Streets directing...
Family Upon Arrival At Manzanar
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Evacuees who were forced to leave their homes following the passage of the Japanese Exclusion Act of 1942.
Horseshoe
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This horsehoe provides evidence of the ranches and orchards that dominated the Manzanar landscape before World War II.
Letter Opener
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This letter opener was a souvenir from Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley was first legally protected in 1864, and officially made a National...
Lid
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This socket wrench lid provides evidence of the ranches and orchards that dominated the Manzanar landscape before World War II. It connects us to the...
Manzanar Free Press Japanese Pictorial Edition
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
From the outset of its publication, many Issei internees complained that the Manzanar Free Press was irrelevant to them since they could not read...
Mother And Child Evacuees On Train
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Taken while arriving at the Lone Pine train station. "Mother and child evacuees of Japanese descent on train en route to War Relocation Authority...
Oil Lamp Part
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Petroleum discovered in Titusville, PA in 1859 provided Americans with a new supply of lamp oil that was cheaper and more abundant than whale oil. In...
Peacoat
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Surplus World War I Navy pea coats were distributed to Manzanar internees who tailored them to fit men, women, and children. This coat belonged to...
Permit To Live Anywhere In The U.s. Notice
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This form letter notified the Matsumura family that they were permitted to live anywhere in the United States and that reloaction centers would close...
Razor
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
The Manzanar Cooperative Enterprises operated a canteen and a general store which sold a variety of items, including toiletries, such as this razor.
Relocation Papers
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Document that outlines Mr. and Mrs. Matsumura's arrangements for leaving Manzanar.
Sandals [geta]
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Geta, traditional Japanese footware, were made in camp. A cross between a clog and a sandal, the raised base kept the feet off the ground. At...
Sauceboat
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
When Manzanar first opened in March 1942, internees used standard metal military mess kits. Later, dishes including Tepco china were provided to feed...
Thank-you Letter
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Letter from Ruth Brockhouse of Emerson Junior High School to the Honda family. Personal relationships, as well as economic livelihoods were impacted...
Toy Cannon
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
One of the ironies of camp life is illustrated by the popularity of war toys.
Toy Gun
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
One of the ironies of camp life is illustrated by the popularity of war toys.
Transfer Slip
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
Shutaro Matsumura, a 54-year-old Issei assessed Manzanar a year after it opened: “Camp life is creating people with lazy habits, people without...
Vase
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This vase may have contained fresh flowers as gardens were abundant around the barracks and classes were taught in the art of making silk and paper...
Woman's Jacket
Manzanar National Historic Site, Independence, California
This jacket was hand-made by Yayako Nishioka in Manzanar for Anna Sugimoto. Many pieces of clothing were hand-made in camp, whether sewn, knitted or...
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