December 5, 2015

**Update, 12/15/15, 4:10 PST: The Densho Repository and Encyclopedia are up and running. The site is now fully operational. 

**Update, 12/15/15, 12:51 PST: The Densho Archive is now up and running again. 

Next week we will be performing server maintenance, replacing older servers with new ones, which will increase our capacity for archival content, and should improve stability and performance. This work will require some temporary downtime for several Densho sites. The sites will go offline beginning Tuesday, December 15, 2015 and may not be available again until Wednesday, December 16, 2015We will update this blog post once the maintenance is complete and the sites are fully operational again. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The effected sites include:

Digital Repository

Home to 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.

Digital Archive

The archive includes more than 850 visual histories (over 1,600 hours of recorded video interviews), with interviewees discussing their experiences during WWII incarceration and its aftermath.


The Encyclopedia covers key concepts, people, events, and organizations that played a role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The reviewed articles are written by a wide range of contributors, and are enhanced with photos, documents and video drawn from Densho’s digital archives and other sources.

Other pages will remain fully operational during this maintenance, including: the Densho home page, core story, blog, online donations page, and other sub-pages of

During the downtime you can also find Densho content elsewhere on the web: visual history interviews on YouTube; photos and documents on HistoryPin; and the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

[Photo credit: Frank C. Hirahara Collection. Color slide of an unidentified man wearing a welding helmet and holding tools, Oregon, c. 1948-54]