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The Center's collection focuses on wartime Japanese American experiences, with an emphasis on the Nisei soldiers of the 100th Infantry Battalion (Separate), 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. Resources include books, periodicals, videos/DVDs, photographs, newspaper articles, personal papers and other reference material, including over 700 interviews.

Additional resources include:

  • Interviews with George Hara, Takejiro Higa, Daniel K. Inouye, Susumu Ito, Kan Tagami and Sakae Takahashi
  • Citations of 21 Japanese American World War II Medal of Honor recipients

The Hawaii State Archives' government records date from the monarchy to the current legislative session, and include private collections of individuals and organizations, photographs, maps, artifacts, and library collections specializing in Hawaiian history, culture and Pacific voyages.

The Heart Mountain Interpretive resources include a historical timeline, photos, and a virtual tour of the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center. Featured content includes biography of Ted Teruo Fujioka, Stanley Hayami and Fair Play Committee.

Resources include a 30-minute video of "The Untold Story: Internment of Japanese Americans in Hawai‘i", photographs, and a historical overview of the internment camps in Hawai'i.

The Japanese American National Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to sharing the experience of Americans of Japanese ancestry. The permanent collection consists of over 80,000 artifacts, including photographs, moving images, documents, artwork, oral histories and objects.

Resources include:

  • Stanley Hayami's Diary
  • Exhibitions
  • Susumu Ito's artifacts

Resources include a library and archival database documenting the history of the Japanese American community in Chicago through photographs, correspondence, diaries, sketch books, objects, rare published materials, and electronic records, ca. 1890-present. 

The Japanese American Veterans' Association, Inc. (JAVA), is a fraternal and educational organization with many purposes: Preserving and strengthening comradeship among its members;  Perpetuating the memory and history of our departed comrades;  Educating the American public on the Japanese American experience during WWII; and Striving to obtain for veterans the full benefit of their entitlements as veterans.   JAVA offer the following resources:

  • 100th and 442nd unit and individual award numbers
  • Military Intelligence Service unit and individual award numbers
  • 100th and 442nd personnel database
  • Historical background on the 100th, 442nd and MIS


Confinement and Ethnicity's chapter on the Jerome Relocation Center includes a detailed description of the site, archaeological details, maps and photographs.

A searchable database containing images of Japanese-Americans from the WW II period.

The Manzanar National Historic Site offers a Visitor Center and self-guided tours of the site. In addition, their online resources include a virtual museum exhibit, photographs, and an oral history collection, all sharing the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated at Manzanar.

The Military Intelligence Service (MIS) Historic Learning Center features exhibits, and educational and public programs dedicated to Japanese Americans who served in the MIS.