Tule Lake Relocation Center, ca. 1942, watercolor by Mary Oshiro.
Mary Oshiro was interned at the Tule Lake camp, beginning in 1942. She worked as an artist and stencil cutter for the camp newspaper, the Tulean Dispatch. The camp housed between 14,000 and 15,000 Japanese Americans. Two-thirds of the internees were born in the U.S.
This month marks the 75th
anniversary of Executive Order 9066 that authorized the relocation and internment of people of Japanese ancestry residing on the West Coast.
Oshiro’s artwork, photos, and correspondence are part of the State Library’s collection.