Today we remember those who were killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which resulted in the United States entering into World War II. It is right that we should honor our fallen heroes.
But we should not forget the other Americans whose lives were also changed—those of Japanese ancestry. War causes nations to take actions that seem, to those in charge at the time, to be necessary. Such is the case of the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps during World War II.
Descendants of those who were interned in camps may wish to know more about what life was like during those times. Much material about the Japanese-American experience is available at institutions in Southern California. Following are links to descriptions of several collections (an * indicates items are available online):
- Japanese American Research Project (Yuji Ichioka papers), 1893-1973 – University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
- Constantine Panunzio Collection of Material on Japanese American Internment, ca. 1853-1945 – UCLA
- Estes (Donald H.) Papers 1887-2005 – Japanese American Historical Society of San Diego
- Japanese American Internment Collection 1929-1956 – UCLA
- Japanese American Relocation Collection* – Occidental College
- Asian Pacific Studies Collection 1920-1993 – California State University, Dominguez Hills
- Okubo (Miné) papers, 1932-2009 – University of California, Riverside
- Murphy (Mollie Wilson) Papers 1942-1945 – Japanese American National Museum
- Manzanar Collection, 1942-1994 (bulk 1942-1946) – California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
- Anderson (Hugh) Collection 1921-1959 – Pasadena Museum of History
- Yamada (Mitsuye) Papers 1940-2005 – University of California, Irvine
- Japanese American Relocation Photograph Collection 1930-1958 (bulk 1941-1946)* – University of Southern California (USC)