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Japanese American Internment: Primary Sources

A selection of resources on Japanese American internment during World War II.

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources - "provide first-hand testimony or direct evidence concerning a topic under investigation.  They are created by witnesses or recorders who experienced the events or conditions being documented.  Often these sources are created at the time when the events or conditions are occuring, but primary sources can also include autobiographies, memoirs, and oral histories recorded later.  Primary sources are characterized by their content, regardless of whether they are available in original format, in microfilm/microfiche, in digital format, or in published format."

- A definition from Yale University Libraries

Selected Primary Sources on Japanese Internment

Articles from the Time Period

Government Documents

Oral Histories, Videos & Images

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