Tanforan

Temporary Assembly Center

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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.
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 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-230)
img View of barracks (ddr-densho-151-230)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Barracks for family living quarters. Each door enters into a family unit of two small rooms. The center was opened just two days before this picture was taken. The people shown in this photograph have just arrived and are occupying themselves with building benches, chairs, tables, and shelves, for their belonging, …
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.
Japanese Americans waiting in line to vote (ddr-densho-151-349)
img Japanese Americans waiting in line to vote (ddr-densho-151-349)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Entering Recreational Hall where election is being held for Councilmen. A general election for five members of the Tanforan Assembly center Advisory Council is being held on this day. The Issei have never been able to vote before because of American naturalization laws.
Japanese American inside barracks (ddr-densho-151-50)
img Japanese American inside barracks (ddr-densho-151-50)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. A close-up of an entrance of a family apartment. Note that the windows in this unit have been enlarged. Five people occupy two small rooms, the inner one of which is without outside door or windows.
Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-162)
img Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-162)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry have just arrived at this Assembly center. They have been registered and are now awaiting a guide to show them to their place in the barracks. Later they will be transferred to War Relocation Authority centers.
Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
img Mass removal (ddr-densho-151-48)
Original WRA caption: Oakland, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry piled on the sidewalk. The Greyhound huses will soon arrive to take this baggage as well as the evacuees to the Tanforan Assembly center under Civilian Exclusion Order Number 28.
Japanese Americans in doorway of barracks (ddr-densho-151-335)
img Japanese Americans in doorway of barracks (ddr-densho-151-335)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. A mother and daughter, Issei and Nissei, who have been living in this Assembly center for one month, are seen at the door of their home in the barracks.
Art class (ddr-densho-151-355)
img Art class (ddr-densho-151-355)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. In the art school at this assembly center. These evacuee children are remaining after hours to continue their creative work.
Japanese Americans working in garden (ddr-densho-151-340)
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.
Japanese American family arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-156)
img Japanese American family arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-156)
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.
Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-161)
img Japanese Americans arriving at Tanforan (ddr-densho-151-161)
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.
Horse stalls at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-30)
img Horse stalls at Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-30)
Original WRA caption: San Bruno, California. Near view of horse-stall, left from the days when what is now Tanforan Assembly Center, was the famous Tanforan Race Track. Most of these stalls have been converted into family living quarters for Japanese.
Instructions on evacuation of Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-csujad-55-1295)
doc Instructions on evacuation of Tanforan Assembly Center (ddr-csujad-55-1295)
Instructions for the Ebisui family regarding departure from Tanforan Temporary Assembly Center and travel to Topaz incarceration camp. Covers packing and crating, government property, hand baggage, train baggage, freight, and identification tags. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1297
Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
Part of a select group of students who were allowed to leave assembly centers to attend school
Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1014-1-9)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1014-1-9)
Living in Tanforan with other university students in bachelor housing
Jim Kajiwara - Sox Kitashima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-13-4)
vh Jim Kajiwara - Sox Kitashima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1012-13-4)
First impressions of Tanforan (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are …

Chizuko Iyama - Ernie Iyama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1012-5-3)
vh Chizuko Iyama - Ernie Iyama Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1012-5-3)
Jobs in camp (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those …

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