(Updated January, 2018)
She never spoke of it much (at least to me); and since I believe she was born in 1945, she probably didn't remember much of anything personally. Of course, her parents experienced the hardship the most, and I do not know if it was discussed much in her family. I didn't think about it much then, but I recognized later and now that it certainly was one of the major disgraces in America's history, especially since the great majority of those imprisoned were American citizens. If you are interested, the National Archives has quite a bit of information in a web page entitled Japanese Relocation and Internment During World War II. There also is an abundance of online and other resources if you happen to have ancestors or relatives who were imprisoned or were employed at the camps.
If you are a frequent reader of this website, you know that its main focus is historic newspaper research. What has that to do with the Interment Camps you ask? Well guess what - the camps had a daily or weekly newspaper! And there was tons of info about the internees as well as those employed. It was used as a means to disseminate information and also a way for the residents to share information about events, hobbies, sports, etc.
If you are interested in researching and full text online search of these newspapers, please go to the Densho Digital Archive. It has the newspapers online, a large variety of documents and photos, and life stories and many family collections are available. This site is a gold mine.
Here are the main links to the newspapers published at each of the ten camps (from the Densho Archives), which were in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming:
- Denson Tribune Collection
- Gila News-Courier Collection
- Granada Pioneer Collection
- Heart Mountain Sentinel Collection
- Manzanar Free Press Collection
- Minidoka Irrigator Collection
- Poston Chronicle Collection
- Rohwer Outpost Collection
- Topaz Times Collection
- Tulean Dispatch Collection
Here are some additional online interment camp newspapers from the Library of Congress:
(Note: There may be some overlap with the collection links above)
- Arizona - Gila bulletin.
- Arizona - Gila Co-op news.
- Arizona - Gila news-courier.
- Arizona - Official daily press bulletin.
- Arizona - Official information bulletin.
- Arizona - Poston Christian church.
- Arizona - Poston chronicle.
- Arizona - Press bulletin.
- Arizona - Relocator news week.
- Arkansas - Communiqué.
- Arkansas - Denson tribune.
- Arkansas - The Rohwer outpost.
- Arkansas - Rohwer relocator.
- California - The daily Tulean dispatch.
- California - Manzanar free press.
- California - The Newell star.
- California - Santa Anita Pacemaker.
- California - Tanforan totalizer.
- California - The Tule Lake WRA Center information bulletin.
- California - The Tulean dispatch.
- California - The Daily Tulean Dispatch.
- Colorado - Bulletin.
- Colorado - Granada pioneer.
- Colorado - Kakushu jiji =
- Colorado - Rokkī shimpō =
- Idaho - The Minidoka irrigator.
- Utah - All aboard.
- Utah - Bussei life.
- Utah - Topaz times.
- Utah - Trek.
- Wyoming - Hāto Maunten senchineru
- Wyoming - Heart Mountain sentinel.
Another excellent resource for these newspapers is the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archives, provided by the University of California. Newspapers and much much more are available online.
So if you have ancestors or relatives who resided in the camps, it would be worth your time to sear/research these resources, and you might just find out how they lived while imprisoned there.