Collection Dorothea Lange Collection (ddr-densho-151)
The Dorothea Lange Collection, March-July 1942, features photographs taken by Dorothea Lange, who was hired by the government to visually record the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. The photographs document the many different stages of mass removal and incarceration in California and contain original captions written by Dorothea Lange.
img Buddhist priest locking temple door (ddr-densho-151-311)
Original caption: Florin, California. Hands of Reverend Naito (Buddhist priest) are here as he locks the door of his church. The beads are carried by Buddhist priests at all times.
img Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-218)
Original caption: Lodi, California. Father and son give pre-evacuation information at wartime Civil Control Administration Station. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-133)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The residents of Japanese ancestry appear at 2031 Bush Street for information on evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-329)
Original caption: Oakland, California. Evacuee family of Japanese ancestry leaving Wartime Civil Control Administration station to board a bus which will take them to Tanforan Assembly center.
img Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Tenant farmer of Japanese ancestry who has just completed settlement of their affairs and everything is packed ready for evacuation on the following morning to an assembly center.
img Japanese American family waiting for bus (ddr-densho-151-451)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Writing a letter to a brother in Texas as an evacuee family awaits evacuation bus. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img Two friends awaiting mass removal (ddr-densho-151-114)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Two friends play final game while awaiting evacuation. Evacuees of Japanese descent are being housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img New arrivals at the Turlock Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-17)
Original WRA caption: Turlock, California. These young evacuees of Japanese ancestry are awaiting their turn for baggage inspection at this Assembly center.
img View of Sacramento Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-461)
Original caption: Sacramento, Calfiornia. View of Sacramento Assembly center seen across fields from road which approaches it. This center has a capacity for 5000 persons. It is situated eleven miles north of the city.
img Japanese Americans outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-2)
Original WRA caption: Sacramento, California. Former University of California students of Japanese ancestry were evacuated from Sacramento to this Assembly center.
img Japanese Americans relaxing in shade (ddr-densho-151-396)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry rest in the cool of the eveing beside their barrack apartments at this War Relocation Authority Center.
img Japanese American family with baggage (ddr-densho-151-289)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Families of Japanese ancestry with their baggage at railroad station awaiting arrival of special train which will take them from their home town to the Merced Assembly center, 125 miles away.
img Japanese Americans working in garden (ddr-densho-151-340)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Mrs. Fujita and her neighbor inspecting the tiny vegetable garden she has planted in front of their barracks.
img Japanese American family boarding bus (ddr-densho-151-144)
Original caption: Byron, California. The bus which will take this farm family of Japanese ancestry to the Assembly center is almost ready to leave. Note identification tag on small boy.
img Japanese Americans waiting in line for lunch (ddr-densho-151-370)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Part of a line waiting for lunch outside the mess hall at noon.
img Japanese American Citizens League headquarters (ddr-densho-151-38)
Original WRA caption: Centerville, California. Interior view of Japanese American Citizens League headquarters. A Japanese language school was conducted in this building. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
img Children playing in Japantown (ddr-densho-151-322)
Original caption: Florin, California. Businesses are being sold by owners of Japanese ancestry. Evacuation of all residents of Japanese descent from this area is due in two days.
img Father and son in front of store (ddr-densho-151-272)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Dave Tatsuno and his father, merchants of Japanese ancestry in San Francisco prior to evacuation.