You are here

On Display in the Library: Internment at Camp Amache


In order to highlight SSU's upcoming panel discussion "Japanese American Internment and Community Archaeology," the Library, in conjunction with the Anthropological Studies Center, has created a display entitled "Japanese Americans in Sonoma County: Internment at Camp Amache." This display features correspondence, books, articles, theses and DVDs from the Library, as well as digital images from Special Collections' Camp Amache Digital Collection.

The Japanese American Citizens League provided beautiful Japanese knot work and brooches made in Camp Amache, as well as examples of handmade carving tools used in the camp. The Amache Preservation Society shared striking, candid color photos from the McClelland Color Slide Collection and the University of Denver lent photos from the 2012 Camp Amache Archaeological Excavation.

Camp Amache, in southeast Colorado, was one of ten Japanese American internment camps. During World War II, over 7,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were imprisoned there, many of them from the North Bay. Camp Amache housed the smallest population of the ten relocation centers, yet became the tenth largest concentration of people in the state of Colorado. It is one of the best preserved, with intact foundations and little alteration by subsequent development, and has been a major archaeological research study site for over twenty years.

Be sure to join former internees, students, volunteers and faculty at SSU's free panel discussion April 15 at 7pm in the Cooperage, highlighting four seasons of archaeology at Amache.