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Images documenting Japanese-American internment on display at Mission Viejo Library

by: Mission Viejo Library
Posted: August 2, 2021



MISSION VIEJO...The Mission Viejo Library will begin exhibiting artwork and photographs on August 1 documenting the history of Japanese-American internment during World War II. 

Many of the images are reproductions of photographs commissioned by the War Relocation Authority. Most notable among the photographers were Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. Several of the reproductions are sketches and paintings created by the inmates. Since most of the inmates had no access to cameras, first-hand documentation of their experiences in the camps was often recorded through journals and artwork. 

With support from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the Mission Viejo Library was granted permission to show these images as part of “The Reach of Civil Liberties Gallery Exhibit.”  Folks can learn more about the camps and the history of Japanese-American internment through books available at the library. 

This project was funded by a grant from the California State Library to create educational experiences and resources that help people learn about civil liberties. 

Patrons can view the gallery in the south wing of the library, 100 Civic Center, during operating hours through the end of September.


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