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Inventory of the Siberius Y. Saito drawings
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  • Title: Siberius Y. Saito drawings
    Date: 1942
    Collection Number: 79026
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1 envelope (0.1 linear feet)
    Abstract: Photographic copies of sketches depicting the physical facilities at the Tanforan Assembly Center.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Saito, Siberius Y.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Siberius Y. Saito drawings, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1979.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Japanese-American architect and evacuee at Tanforan Assembly Center, California, 1942.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    In February 1942 President Roosevelt issued Executive Order #9066 which enabled the military to evacuate all Americans of Japanese descent from California, Oregon and Washington. Internment camps were planned in the remote areas of Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Arkansas and California to receive the evacuees.
    The implementation of the order was started in March and evacuation started in April. Since the construction of the permanent camps was just underway, the evacuees were temporarily placed in race tracks, county fair grounds, and livestock exhibition halls hastily converted into detention camps with barbed wire fences, search lights, and guard towers. Tanforan Assemby Center was located at the Tanforan Race Track in San Bruno about ten miles south of San Francisco. It was home to 5000 San Franciscans for about 6 months until the permanent camp in the desert area of Utah was completed, the Central Utah Relocation Center, better known as the Topaz War Relocation Center.
    San Francisco was divided into evacuation districts and notices of the departure dates were posted in prominent places. On the appointed day, the evacuees reported to the district depot with bed rolls and hand baggage. No other possessions were allowed. Cameras, radios and weapons (including kitchen knives) had been confiscated previously. Transportation to Tanforan was by means of Army commandeered buses.
    The content of the collection is 24 photographic copies of sketches depicting the physical facilities at the Tanforan Assembly Center. Titles and descriptions from paperwork included with images.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United States. Tanforan Assembly Center (San Bruno, California)--Pictorial works.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945--Pictorial works.
    Japanese Americans--Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945.
    World War, 1939-1945--Pictorial works.
    World War, 1939-1945--United States.