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Japanese American Incarceration Archives in Special Collections

This subject guide helps students and researchers access archives and other special collections resources related to the history Japanese American incarceration and concentration camps in Arkansas during World War II.

About Japanese American Incarceration in Arkansas

Young students instructing her peers at Rohwer

Between 1942 and 1945 thousands of Japanese Americans were forcibly "relocated" from their homes in California to concentration camps in Arkansas. The following list of collections provides an introduction to the related holdings in Special Collections. Please consult the OneSearch or contact Special Collections to obtain the latest information about additional holdings.

Reparative Description

Special Collections is currently engaged in the process of updating outdated or harmful description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Many finding aids related to Japanese American incarceration utilized language in titles and descriptions that refer to "internment" or "relocation" without acknowledging accurately the character of American concentration camps and the experience of the Japanese Americans who incarcerated there. Some collection titles retain inaccurate and harmful languages due to their origin. Special Collections' efforts to correct language everywhere possible are ongoing.

Manuscript Collections on Japanese American Incarceration in Arkansas

Published Sources for Background Information

Rising Above Digital Project

Other Digital Archives and Collections