Monday, July 27, 2015

Archives Unbound : Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life

Archives Unbound :  Japanese-American Relocation Camp Newspapers: Perspectives on Day-to-Day Life
When working on historical research, obtaining access to primary source material is important.  In many cases, finding this material can be difficult and time consuming.  In an effort to bring some of this rare primary source material together in a cross-searchable digital format, Gale has created the Archives Unbound collection. Archives Unbound is a vast new resource of topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students. Specifically developed to address the needs of libraries, Archives Unbound is unique not only for its expansive, multi-use content but also for the distinct new intuitive search platform by which you access it. (source)
Atkins Library has invested in several of these collections to meet the university’s research need.  We would like highlight one of these collections: 
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“The bombing of Pearl Harbor and the war that followed were well covered by the national press; however, little was known of the actions this nation took in regard to the Japanese-American minority population living on the West Coast. In the months following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government was besieged with demands that action be taken against the Japanese in the form of removal from "sensitive areas" and incarceration in camps, preferably located in the interior of the U.S. These demands and subsequent actions were motivated by the fear that Japanese-Americans would become a fifth column for the Japanese military command and spy against the U.S. By April 1942, more than 100,000 Japanese persons - aliens and American citizens - were housed in what came to be known as relocation centers run by the War Relocation Authority. This abrupt uprooting not only violated the civil rights of Japanese-Americans, but also caused great financial sacrifice, since much property was sold at distress prices. Every person was allowed to take only what could be carried.” (source)

Date Range: 1942-1945
Content: 24,838 Images
Source Library: Library of Congress

We encourage you to browse and search the collection.

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