Tanforan

Temporary Assembly Center

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Japanese American painting (ddr-densho-151-465)
img Japanese American painting (ddr-densho-151-465)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. An art school wall has been established in this Assembly center with large enrollment and a well trained, experienced Japanese staff under the leadership of Professor Chiura Obata of the University of California. This photograph shows a student in Still Life class painting a free water color.
Remodeled horse stalls (ddr-densho-151-59)
img Remodeled horse stalls (ddr-densho-151-59)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. This center is a converted race track. Here are shown what were horsestalls remodeled into living quarters for families. Photograph was made at noon on the third day after the center had been opened.
Japanese Americans reading in library (ddr-densho-151-353)
img Japanese Americans reading in library (ddr-densho-151-353)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. A barrack building at this assembly center has been reserved for the library which has just been established with a trained librarian of Japanese ancestry in charge. All books and magazines have been donated and the shelves were made from scrap lumber by the evacuees.
View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-350)
img View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-350)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Looking down one of the avenues between rows of barracks. The ones on the right are converted horse stalls, and those on the left are newly constructed and typical of an assembly center and relocation centers throughout the west. They are 100 feet long, covered with black tar paper, contain five ...
Two young Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-151-339)
img Two young Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-151-339)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Young evacuees at this Assembly center begged to have their pictures taken.
Japanese American in front of barracks home (ddr-densho-151-47)
img Japanese American in front of barracks home (ddr-densho-151-47)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, Calfiornia. This assembly center has been opened for two days. Busload after busload of evacuated Japanese are arriving this day. After going through the necessary procedures, they are guided to the quarters assigned to them in the barracks. This family newly arrived, are in the process of settling down. The old ...
Japanese American voters (ddr-densho-151-26)
img Japanese American voters (ddr-densho-151-26)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Here a line is seen waiting to enter the building where they will cast their votes for Councilman from their precinct. A general election for five members of the Tanforan Assembly center Advisory Council is being held on this day. This is the first time Issei have ever been able ...
View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-346)
img View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-346)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Shown here is 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 with no outside door nor window. The center has been in operation for about six weeks. 8,000 evacuees are now assembled here.
Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-159)
img Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-159)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Families of Japanese ancestry arrive 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.
Japanese American nurse in medical clinic (ddr-densho-151-351)
img Japanese American nurse in medical clinic (ddr-densho-151-351)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. An evacuee nurse of Japanese ancestry tidying up after a busy morning in the medical clinic at this assembly center.
Assembly center gate (ddr-densho-151-56)
img Assembly center gate (ddr-densho-151-56)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. A sign at the main entrance of the Tanforan Assembly center, through which all traffic passes. The gate is guarded and controlled by United States soldiers.
New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-24)
img New arrivals at the Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-24)
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.
Mess hall (ddr-densho-151-358)
img Mess hall (ddr-densho-151-358)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. One of eighteen mess halls plastered with all manner of locally devised posters advertising the qualifications of the various candidates for office in the forthcoming election. Three candidates have been nominated in each of the five precincts from which one from each precinct will be elected a member of the Advisory ...
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.
Bedding and clothing in front of barracks (ddr-densho-151-456)
img Bedding and clothing in front of barracks (ddr-densho-151-456)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. This assembly center has been open for two days. Bus- load after bus-load of evacuated Japanese are arriving today. After going through the necessary procedure, they are guided to the quarters assigned to them in the barracks. This family had just arrived. Their bedding and clothing have been delivered by truck ...
Assembly center new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-58)
img Assembly center new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-58)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Families of Japanese ancestry arrive 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.
Camp garden (ddr-densho-151-463)
img Camp garden (ddr-densho-151-463)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Close-up of barrack home with the carefully planned flower garden in foreground.
Japanese Americans playing basketball (ddr-densho-151-464)
img Japanese Americans playing basketball (ddr-densho-151-464)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Evacuee boys in the foreground are playing basket-ball. This is one of eight recreation centers which are distributed about the assembly center. One of the barrack buildings is, in each case, set apart for games and recreation under the Recreation program administered by a Wartime Civil Control Administration official with college ...
Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-160)
img Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-160)
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.
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.
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.
Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line (ddr-densho-151-347)
img Japanese Americans waiting in mess hall line (ddr-densho-151-347)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. "Supper time" Meal times are the big events of the day at assembly centers. This is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift at 5:45 pm. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in bags to protect them from the dust. They, themselves, individually wash their own ...
Japanese Americans entering mess hall (ddr-densho-151-359)
img Japanese Americans entering mess hall (ddr-densho-151-359)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Supper time: Meal times are the big events of the day at the assembly centers. This is a line-up of evacuees waiting for the "B" shift at 5:45 pm. They carry with them their own dishes and cutlery in bags to protect them from the dust. They themselves, wash their own ...
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.
Issei man arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-157)
img Issei man arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-157)
Original caption: San Bruno, Calfiornia. Evacuee of Japanese ancestry arrives at this Assembly center where he and approximately 8,000 others will remain until transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
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