Tuesday, December 22, 2015

The Japanese American Internment Map

Yale University Library's Out of the Desert: Resilience and Memory in Japanese American Internment is an exhibition exploring the internment of Americans of Japanese heritage during World War II.

In the spring and summer of 1942 around 100,000 persons of Japanese heritage were forcibly relocated from the West Coast and incarcerated in inland internment camps. The Yale University Library's exhibition draws on the university's extensive materials related to the internment, including internee correspondence, artwork, and literature. The exhibition is continuing until February 26, 2016.

If you can't make it to the library you can explore some of the material from the exhibition on the Out of the Desert interactive map. The map shows the location of the temporary assembly centers and the internment camps. If you select an internment camp on the map you can view some of the university's extensive material relating to the camp, including historical photos, contemporary newspaper reports and letters and drawings from the camp's internees.

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