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Current and Upcoming Bancroft Exhibits

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Upcoming Exhibit

UprootedUprooted: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans

October 1, 2021- June 2022

The Bancroft Library Gallery
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm

The year 2022 marks the 80th anniversary of a grave injustice in American society: the issuance of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, mandating the forced removal of Japanese Americans from their homes on the West Coast and into incarceration camps inland for the duration of World War II. This exhibition tells some of the stories of that traumatic time. It is structured as an interplay between official government directives--executive orders, mandatory forms, official photographs--and the response of Japanese Americans through their drawings, diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and reminiscences. We also included the stories of some significant allies in the UC Berkeley community who tried to help or at least mitigate the worst effects of the forced removal and incarceration.

The Bancroft Library is the repository for a diverse and rich range of collections related to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII. We have drawn extensively from the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Records, an invaluable collection of social science and government documents, and the War Relocation Authority (WRA) Photographs of Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement collection, containing approximately 7,000 photographs extensively captioned by the photographers themselves. Other significant resources include personal collections, like that of internee and author Yoshiko Uchida, and a range of oral histories conducted by the Oral History Center. Funded by a series of National Park Service grants, all of these important images and documents have been digitized and are readily available online.