Photographer Dorothea Lange was employed by the Federal government when President Roosevelt signed
Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942.
Lange photographed the experience of Japanese Americans, now deemed a threat to national security, as they were moved from their homes on the West Coast to internment camps.
Her photographs were kept from the public during World War II, but after the after the war ended, these images became part of the holdings of the National Archives and were available to the public. You can explore these images in our digital catalog.