Heart Mountain Relocation Center collection, 1942-1945

Heart Mountain Relocation Center (Wyo.).


0.5 linear ft.
1 reel of microfilm : negative ; 35 mm.
Arranged in five series: 1) Memoranda; 2) Heart Mountain Publications; 3) Heart Mountain Sentinel (microfilm); 4) Publications from War Relocation Authority and Other Government Agencies; and 5) Clippings.
The collection contains publications and printed items produced at Heart Mountain between 1942 and 1945 and publications and clippings pertaining to the Heart Mountain Relocation Center and the relocation program but produced by other sources between 1942 and 1944.
The Heart Mountain Relocation Center, an internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II, was set up under the relocation program administered by the War Relocation Authority (WRA). The camp was located 12 miles west of Powell and 13 miles east of Cody in Park County, Wyo. This location met certain WRA criteria: it was on public land, was large enough to accommodate the expected population, was far from any strategic areas, and could provide internees with local work projects. The Japanese-Americans interned at Heart Mountain had been relocated from the West Coast, the area affected by President Roosevelt's executive orders for relocation. The first internees arrived in Aug. 1942. By 1943, the population had reached almost 10,800, making the camp the third largest city in Wyoming. Within the camp were schools, a hospital, a library, a volunteer fire department, stores, and industries. Internees produced the Heart Mountain Sentinel and other publications. The last internees left the camp in Nov. 1945.
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