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The Bancroft Library Guide to Japanese American Internment, Relocation and Resettlement Records: Terminology

A guide to the collections held at The Bancroft Library relating to Japanese American Interment during World War II

Terminology

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Please note that many of the resources organized in this guide and in the collections were created many years ago and some of the language used is not culturally appropriate or sensitive.

Use of terminology in documents and PR materials was determined by public relations sectors of federal agencies, such as the War Relocation Authority. Correct terminology usage is still debated today. Across resources and collections, various terminology may be used interchangeably and inconsistently. For further details, consult the terminology accepted by Densho, a non-profit organization that documents the Japanese American internment.

Common terminology may include:

Referring to camps and/or period in history

  • Internment

  • Incarceration

  • Confinement

  • Concentration

  • Relocation

  • Evacuation

  • Exclusion

  • Detention

Interred individuals

  • Inmates

  • Evacuees

  • Prisoners