Alien registration card of Masahiko Wada with registration number, name, fingerprint, signature, and photo

Densho Digital Repository

Our digital archive includes thousands of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters, and more. It is also home to more than 900 oral histories with over 1,700 hours of recorded, fully transcribed video interviews.

A young Japanese American man sits on a box reading in front of shelves of books.


Read about the key people, places, and events that played a role in the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII in our ever-expanding digital encyclopedia.

Map of the central United States from Idaho to Kansas.

Sites of Shame

Explore the national network of detention facilities through an interactive map, timeline, and site locator. The personal impact of these sites is told through the voices of a family as they remember this difficult time in their lives.

Densho does not have a speakers bureau, and we honor the confidentiality of our interviewees. We recommend reaching out to a Japanese American history or veterans’ organization near you. For example, many regions have a local chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.

If you would like to contact a narrator in our Digital Repository, you may send your request and contact information to If possible, we will forward your request to the person.

We are happy to answer your questions over email. Contact us at

Search for key words or browse by topic in the Densho Digital Repository to find photos, interviews, and other materials related to your project. We also have a YouTube channel with highlighted videos.

Use the interactive map on Sites of Shame to discover where Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII.