Japanese American
Confinement Collections

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Come explore collections held nationwide documenting Japanese American incarceration and internment during World War II. From 1942-1945 the U.S. imprisoned over 120,000 individuals having Japanese ancestry from the West Coast and Hawaii, the majority being American citizens, in isolated camps enclosed by barbed wire. These collections provide unique research, pedagogical, and collaborative opportunities covering multiple disciplines: civil rights, sociology, political science, arts and crafts, and sustainable communities. Those interested in pursuing JACS Grants are especially encouraged to attend.

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About the JACC Symposium Group

Our goal is to create a broader awareness about these collections amongst the archival community in order to enhance discovery of and access to these materials by the research community.

The presenters for this symposium are an informal group of archivists, historians, librarians, and others who manage collections related to the Japanese American experience in the US, circa the WWII era. This includes aspects of both pre and post-war life.

This group convened in response to a call for general session proposals for the SAA 2015 Annual Meeting. Because interest in presenting on this topic was so great, the group's bid for a dedicated half-day symposium was approved by SAA. We thank SAA for recognizing the value of our collections and appreciate the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise with the greater archival community.