Japanese Americans in the Pacific Northwest: World War II Era
A guide to select primary materials relating to the Japanese-American community in the Pacific Northwest available in Special Collections.
Image: Sketch of Camp Harmony by Eddie Sato, 1942
Some of the images in these collections have been digitized and are linked from the collection guide. Other digitized images relating to the Nikkei community can be found in the UW Digital Collections.
1 hour interview of the UW staff member who worked with transferring Nikkei students to other colleges
Other Material Available in the UW Libraries
The UW Libraries has an extensive collection of secondary sources and published primary sources dealing with the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II including camp newspapers, digitized, printed and microfilmed collections of WRA (War Relocation Authority) documents, and memoirs. For additional material see the Japanese Americans During World War II quick guide.
These collections of personal papers contain substanial material on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional collections can be found by searching the online collection guides database.
Acc. 2402. Scrapbooks contain letters and essays written by Nikkei junior high students following Pearl Harbor. These letters form the basis of the book, Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be a Loyal American: Schooling Seattle's Japanese Americans during World War II
Acc. 3159. Papers include oral history interviews, correspondence and other material dealing with his incarceration during WWII, the US Supreme Court case, Hirabayashi v. United States, postwar life and the Coram Nobis case.
Acc. 2718. Papers include correspondence between Matsushita and his wife during WWII; selected correspondence translated and published in the book, Imprisoned apart: the World War II correspondence of an Issei couple
Acc. 2925-004. Papers including correspondence of a Nikkei medic who served in the 442nd Combat Unit; selected letters published in the book, Letters from the 442nd: the World War II correspondence of a Japanese American medic. Postwar papers cover activities in the JACL and more.
Acc. 0496-008. Papers of the park ranger, UW forestry instructor and humanitarian; during WWII Schmoe worked with the American Friends Committee to aid Nikkei to leave the camps and find jobs or transfer to colleges
Acc. 3542. Papers document the local Nikkei businessman's attempt to maintain is businesses while incarcerated
Selected Archival Collections: Organizational Records
These collections of organizational records contain substanial material on the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional collections can be found by searching the online collection guides.
Acc. 0217. Records include those of the Emergency Defense Council, the JACL group created in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor that worked with the War Relocation Authority when incarceration became inevitable