Ansel Adams and Japanese-American Wartime Internment

2 May

A Library of Congress post by Wendi A. Maloney can best be introduced by Maloney herself:

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual recognition of Asian Pacific Americans’ contributions to the American story started with a 1977 congressional resolution calling for a weeklong observance. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush extended it to the entire month of May.

Burning leaves, autumn dawn, Manzanar Relocation Center, California

Burning leaves, autumn dawn, Manzanar Relocation Center, California

At the Library of Congress, Asian American Pacific Islander resources include books, oral histories, personal papers, community newspapers and many other materials housed throughout Library divisions. Ansel Adams’s World War II photographs of Japanese-American internment in Manzanar, Calif., are a notable inclusion. They bear witness to a sad chapter in our nation’s history – but an important one to document.

Renowned for his images of western landscapes, Adams donated this rare and stunning set of photographs to the Library between 1965 and 1968, placing no copyright restrictions on their use. The complete collection is available through the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog.

For the entire post, see here: Photos Document Japanese-American Wartime Internment | Library of Congress Blog.

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