Behind the Archives Door: "Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese American Incarceration"

On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the United States military to conduct a mandatory evacuation and segregation of Japanese Americans from the West Coast. In Washington state alone, nearly 13,000 Japanese Americans, including 36 Puget Sound students, were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in incarceration camps for the duration of World War II.

Archivist and special collections librarian Adriana Flores '13 will discuss the story of those 36 students and the records that are available for study in the Archives & Special Collections. Caitlin Oiye Coon, Digital Archivist at Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project will discuss Densho’s mission and the resources available to students, faculty, and the community via the Densho Digital Repository. Materials from the Archives & Special Collections related to the incarceration of Japanese Americans will be on display.


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