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Heart Mountain Relocation Center: From the Perspective of the WRA Photos

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The Heart Mountain Relocation Center was one of the ten American concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The center was located 12 miles northwest of Cody, Wyoming. It was opened in August 11, 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.

Click below for more photos: (The photos are sorted by date in two albums) 

Heart Mountain Relocation Center Photo Album 1 >>

Heart Mountain Relocation Center Photo Album 2 >>

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 "Heart Mountain Relocation Center" and hit search.

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RoyKakuda — Last modified Oct 19 2017 7:51 a.m.


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