• Mt. Williamson and cemetery monument

    Manzanar

    National Historic Site California

Clem Albers Gallery

Clem Albers photographed Manzanar for the War Relocation Authority. He also made photographs of the WRA camps at Poston in Arizona, Tule Lake in northern California, and of the evacuation and assembly process. Before and after the war he worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and became their Chief Photographer.

The captions with Albers' photos in our gallery are in his own words. Today we use the term "internee" to talk about the Japanese Americans who lived in the camps. Albers' usage of "evacuee" to describe his photographic subjects reflects the common terminology of 1942.

Albers’ Manzanar photographs are part of the National Archives and are available on-line at the Japanese American Relocation Digital Archive (JARDA).
 

Did You Know?

Manzanar Interpretive Center. NPS Photo.

The Manzanar Visitor Center is in the former high school auditorium. It was built by internees in 1944. For decades after the war the building was used by the county as a heavy equipment garage.