• en

Gila River Relocation Center: From the Perspective of the WRA Photos

Licensing

The Gila River Relocation Center was one of the ten American concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The center was located 58 miles south-south-west of Phoenix, AZ.  It was opened in July 20, 1942 by the War Relocation Authority. Sixty two percent of the inmates were American Citizens.

The following photos were downloaded from the National Archives. The photos were taken by War Relocation Authority (WRA) photographers who were constrained by WRA rules. The photos could not be sad or too happy. A sad photo would make the camp image suffer. A too happy photo would make the administrators look like coddlers.

An example of images being too sad are photos taken by Dorothea Lange which were impounded by the Army. Lange was subsequently fired from her job. Ref. Dinitia Smith, NY Times, Nov. 2006, Photographs of an Episode That Lives in Infamy Retrieved March 17, 2011.

The photos are sorted by date. Click below and click on photos to enlarge:

Gila River Photo Album >>

For those who would like more details about these images, go to the National Archives website at http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/BasicSearchForm.  Hit "Digital Copies" and set limit to 1000. Type in "Gila River Relocation Center" and hit search.

Slides in this album 

Album Type

online exhibition

RoyKakuda — Last modified Oct 19 2017 7:55 a.m.


Nikkei Heroes: Trailblazers, Role Models, and Inspirations

Submissions accepted until September 30.

Read the Nikkei Heroes stories >>

Get updates

Sign up for email updates

Journal feed
Events feed
Comments feed

Support this project

Discover Nikkei

Discover Nikkei is a place to connect with others and share the Nikkei experience. To continue to sustain and grow this project, we need your help!

Ways to help >>

A project of the Japanese American National Museum

Major support by The Nippon Foundation