These primary sources document the Japanese American experience from immigration in the early 1900s through redress in the 1980s with a strong focus on the World War II mass incarceration. The archives are growing as Densho continues to record life histories and collect images and records. We provide these resources to students, teachers, researchers, and the general public for educational purposes.


There are two options for exploring Densho’s rich archival material:

Densho Digital Archive

Consult the Digital Archive if you are primarily interested in viewing our extensive collection of interviews. The archive includes more than 900 visual histories (over 1,700 hours of recorded video interviews). The video interviews are fully transcribed and segmented for ease of viewing. The interviews and images are indexed by topic, location and chronology, and can be searched using keywords. The Digital Archive also includes some, but not all, of our collections of photographs and documents.

Simply log on as a guest to enjoy the full benefits of our our Digital Archive.

Densho Digital Repository

Consult the Digital Repository if you are primarily interested in images and documents. Search or browse through thousands of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters and other primary source materials that tell the story of the Japanese American community from immigration to the WWII incarceration and its aftermath.

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