Tag Archives: World War II

How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII

31 Jan

San Francisco, California, April 25, 1942.

Photographer Toyo Miyatake was 14 when he arrived in America in 1909, and 46 when he was forcibly moved from his home in Los Angeles to the Manzanar incarceration camp. By then, he was a father of four and owner of a photo studio. As he and his family gathered their belongings—whatever they could carry—he grabbed a few items that were considered contraband: a lens, a shutter, and film holders.

So begins Anika Burgess’s account of an exhibition of photographs of the relocation and control of Japanese Americans during World War II. You may read the rest of the post, with selected photographs, here.




Sometimes the Records Tell Different Stories

23 Jan

The past is the past. History is what someone says about what happened in the past. Historians, and others, consult textual records, oral histories, non-textual records, and artifacts to find evidence of the past. Needless to say, persons writing about people, places, and things observe and/or record those things from their own perception and sources at hand, which might be their own eyes and ears. Thus, it is understandable that two people witnessing the same thing might have a different view of what they saw or heard. To some degree, this should be just common sense to everybody, but it is useful to be periodically reminded of this.

So begins Dr. Greg Bradsher’s essay at the National Archives site about sorting out records of the past that differ. You may read the entire essay here.

Brothers in Arms

6 Dec

Read about the Eyde brothers of Illinois and their letters to one another during World War II. The letters have only recently been re-discovered. Dan Lamothe provides a concise overview at the Washington Post here.

Reclaiming Stolen History

10 Aug

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, explains a recent case of theft from the National Archives and Records Administration: Reclaiming Stolen History

Dunkirk in the Department of State Records

24 Jul

On Dunkirk and U.S. archives, see this post by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park.: Dunkirk in the Department of State Records | The Text Message

The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets

27 Jun

Michael Waters chronicles a fascinating tale of specialized librarianship: The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project’s Secrets – Atlas Obscura

Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942-1946

8 May

Heart Mountain Relocation Center, Powell, WY

The Library of Congress announces its digitization of Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers: About this Collection – Japanese-American Internment Camp Newspapers, 1942-1946 | Digital Collections | Library of Congress

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