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Dorothea Lange Collection (ddr-densho-151)
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.
Exclusion order posted on telephone pole (ddr-densho-151-315)
img Exclusion order posted on telephone pole (ddr-densho-151-315)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Scene in residential section of the Japanese quarter two days prior to evacuation. Note Civilian Exclusion Order posted on the telephone pole. Note also crated furniture on porch of corner house.
img "Evacuation sale" at store run by Japanese Americans (ddr-densho-151-138)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. A close-out sale- prior to evacuation- at store operated by proprietor of Japanese ancestry on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. The evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-386)
img Japanese Americans working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-386)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. A view of section of the lath house at this War Relocation Authority center where seedling guayule plants are propagated by experienced nurserymen evacuees in the guayule rubber experiment work.
Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
img Japanese American store owner prior to mass removal (ddr-densho-151-91)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Mr. Tatsuno pictured in his San Francisco drygoods store prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry. He was in the drygoods business for forty years in San Francisco. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
View of Sacramento Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-461)
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.
Elementary school students (ddr-densho-151-33)
img Elementary school students (ddr-densho-151-33)
Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. An elementary school with voluntary evacuee attendance has been established with volunteer evacuee teachers, most of whom are college graduates. No school equipment is as yet obtainable and available tables and benches are used. However, classes are often held in the shade of the barrack building at this …
Nisei inside barracks (ddr-densho-151-276)
img Nisei inside barracks (ddr-densho-151-276)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Harvey Akio Itano, 21, 1942 graduate from the University of California where he received his Bachelor of Science [in] Chemistry degree. He was chosen by the faculty as University Medalist for 1942 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi. Mr. Itano went to the Assembly center prior to …
Art class (ddr-densho-151-439)
img Art class (ddr-densho-151-439)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Making artificial flowers in the Art School at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
img Baggage of Japanese Americans next to bus (ddr-densho-151-165)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Baggage of evacuees of Japanese ancestry stacked at public park as evacuation bus prepares to leave for Tanforan assembly center. Evacuees will be transferred later to War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the duration.
Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-470)
img Japanese American working in lath house (ddr-densho-151-470)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. An evacuee is shown in the lath house sorting seedlings for tranplanting. These plants are year-old seedlings from the Salinas Experiment Station.
Japanese American in hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-421)
img Japanese American in hospital ward (ddr-densho-151-421)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Women's ward in the temporary barracks hospital at this War Relocation Authority Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. The new hospital with accommodations for 250 beds is almost ready for occupancy.
Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
img Two children waiting in line for bus (ddr-densho-151-150)
Original caption: Byron, California. Third generation of American children of Japanese ancestry in crowd awaiting the arrival of the next bus which will take them from their homes to the Assembly center.
Assembly center barracks (ddr-densho-151-19)
img Assembly center barracks (ddr-densho-151-19)
Original WRA caption: Tanforan Assembly center, San Bruno, California. Barracks for family living quarters. Each door enters into a family unit of two small rooms. Tanforan assembly center was opened two days before the photograph was made. On the first day there had been a heavy rain. When a family has arrived here, first step of …
Japanese Americans in makeshift classroom (ddr-densho-151-368)
img Japanese Americans in makeshift classroom (ddr-densho-151-368)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. An elementary school with voluntary attendance has been established with volunteer teachers, most of whom are college graduates. These young evacuees are eager to learn and do not mind the lack of equipment.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. As a safeguard for health, evacuees of Japanese descent were inoculated as they registered for evacuation at 2031 Bush Street. Nurses and doctors also of Japanese ancestry, administered inoculations. Children were given special attention. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
img Japanese Americans waving goodbye (ddr-densho-151-259)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Inhabitants of the Japanese section wave farewell at the departure of their friends and neighbors whom they are soon to follow to Tanforan Assembly center. This bus contains some of the 660 persons to be evacuated on this day. In three more days these streets will be deserted of persons of …
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 …
Japanese Americans outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-3)
img Japanese Americans outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-3)
Original WRA caption: Sacramento, California. College students of Japanese ancestry who have been evacuated from Sacramento to the Assembly Center.
Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
img Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. A close-out sale- prior to evacuation- at store operated by proprietor of Japanese ancestry on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. The evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Two orphans at Manzanar Childrens' Village (ddr-densho-151-441)
img Two orphans at Manzanar Childrens' Village (ddr-densho-151-441)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Orphan boys, two of a group of 65 who are now making their home in the Childrens' Village at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry.
Japanese American reading in library (ddr-densho-151-435)
img Japanese American reading in library (ddr-densho-151-435)
Original caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. A barrack building has been turned into a library at this War Relocation Authority center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. A trained librarian of Japanese ancestry employs techniques in the management of this library which already contains a large stock of books donated by friends.
Families arriving at Turlock (ddr-densho-151-455)
img Families arriving at Turlock (ddr-densho-151-455)
Original caption: Turlock, California. Families of Japanese ancestry arrived at Turlock Assembly. Evacuees will be housed later at War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans preparing to vote (ddr-densho-151-334)
img Japanese Americans preparing to vote (ddr-densho-151-334)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Entering Recreational Hall where election is being held for Councilman. 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 workers digging a ditch (ddr-densho-151-342)
img Japanese American workers digging a ditch (ddr-densho-151-342)
Original caption: San Bruno, California. Maintenance work, repair and construction is done by volunteer evacuee workers. The wages are $8.00 per month for 48 hours per week. This gang of boys and young men are digging a drainage tank along the front of one of the barracks.
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