Tanforan

Temporary Assembly Center

Location: San Bruno, California

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Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 2 (May 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-2)
doc Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 2 (May 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-2)
Selected article titles: "Employment Procedure Established" (p. 1), "Center to Hold First Flag Ceremony Sunday" (p. 1), "Tanforan Roll Call Now 7796" (p. 1), "Camp Directory Due Next Week" (p. 1), "200 Lost Articles Turn Up in Bureau" (p. 3), "1st Town Hall Meeting Set" (p. 4).
Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 10 (July 15, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-17)
doc Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 10 (July 15, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-17)
Selected article titles: "Tanforan Assembly Constitution Approved" (p. 1), "Constitution and By-Laws of the Tanforan Assembly" (p. 1).
Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 14 (August 8, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-12)
doc Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 14 (August 8, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-12)
Selected article titles: "Council, Legislative Body Dissolved by Army Order" (p. 1), "Attention! Nisei Voters" (p. 1).
Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 12 (July 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-10)
doc Tanforan Totalizer Vol. I No. 12 (July 25, 1942) (ddr-densho-149-10)
Selected article titles: "80 Candidates Picked for Legislative Congress Race" (p. 1), "Tonsorial Parlor: Barber Shop to You!" (p. 4), "Editorial: Absentee Voting" (p. 6), "Editorial: Gambling" (p. 6), "Laundry and Cleaning Prices Given" (p. 8).
Dental clinic (ddr-densho-151-341)
img Dental clinic (ddr-densho-151-341)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. The dental clinic in one of a group of four buildings devoted to medical services. All medical services at this assembly center are conducted by doctors and nurses of Japanese ancestry. After weeks of difficulty due to lack of equipment and facilities, they are now able to care for the needs ...
Japanese American family arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-154)
img Japanese American family arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-154)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Family of Japanese ancestry arrives at assembly center at Tanforan Race track. Evacuees will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will be housed for the duration.
Elderly Japanese Americans waiting on bench (ddr-densho-151-231)
img Elderly Japanese Americans waiting on bench (ddr-densho-151-231)
Original caption: San Bruno, Caliofnira. These older evacuees of Japanese ancestry have just been registered and are resting before being assigned to their living quarters in the barracks. The large tag worn by the woman on the right indicates special consideration for aged or infirm.
Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line (ddr-densho-151-354)
img Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line (ddr-densho-151-354)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Noon time: Meal times are the big events of the day at assembly centers. Shown here is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in cloth bags to protect them from the dust, which they, themselves, individually wash after every ...
Women's latrine (ddr-densho-151-356)
img Women's latrine (ddr-densho-151-356)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. In this scene are shown sanitary facilities; campaign poster (5 Councilmen to be elected at general election) and a row of barracks beyond.
Japanese Americans carving wood (ddr-densho-151-338)
img Japanese Americans carving wood (ddr-densho-151-338)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Father and son while away the hours carving small wooden animals for the children in front of their home in the barracks. They have been living at the Assembly center for approximately two weeks.
New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-22)
img New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-22)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Evacuees of Japaneses ancestry arriving at the Tanforan Assembly center. They are being checked as they leave the bus.
New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-23)
img New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-23)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Family of Japanese ancestry arrives at assembly center at Tanforan Race Track. Evacuees will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will be housed for the duration.
View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-344)
img View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-344)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. This scene shows one type of barracks for family use. These were formerly the stalls for race horses. Each family is assigned to two small rooms, the inner one, of which, has no outside door nor window. The center has been in operation about six weeks and 8,000 persons of ...
View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-336)
img View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-336)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. A close-up of the exterior of a family unit. These barracks were formerly horse-stalls. Each family is assigned two small rooms. The interior one has neither outside door nor window.
Election poster (ddr-densho-151-21)
img Election poster (ddr-densho-151-21)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Buildings of the Tanforan Center are plastered at this time with all manner of locally devised posters incident to the election of five each of the five precincts.
Newspaper clipping
doc Newspaper clipping "Tanforan Assembly Center Plaque Dedication" (ddr-janm-4-43)
Newspaper clipping titled "Tanforan Assembly Center Plaque Dedication". The article was written by J.K. Yamamoto on September 25, 1991 for the Hokubei Mainichi newspaper.
Information sheet about the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center (ddr-janm-4-22)
doc Information sheet about the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center (ddr-janm-4-22)
Information sheet about the history of the Tanforan Racetrack/Detention Center.
Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-337-13)
vh Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-337-13)
The day of mass removal and first impressions of Tanforan

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Hikaru Morohoshi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-303-7)
vh Hikaru Morohoshi Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-303-7)
First impressions of the Tanforan assembly center

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Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-275-22)
vh Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-275-22)
Organizing in camp: self-government, recreational activities

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