MSUToday
Published: July 8, 2020

Social scientists awarded National Parks Service grant

Contact(s): Rebecca Jensen Social Science office: (517) 884-0297 jensenr7@msu.edu, Caroline Brooks Communications and Brand Strategy office: 517-432-0920 brooks78@msu.edu, Elizabeth Schondelmayer CABS Integration schonde3@msu.edu

The Department of Anthropology is pleased to announce that Stacey Camp and Ethan Watrall have been awarded a three-year National Parks Service Japanese American Confinement Sites grant for $379,017.

This grant will be used to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive, an open digital archive that will host, preserve and provide broad public access to digitized collections of archaeological materials, archival documents, oral histories and ephemera that speak to the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in the United States.

This digital archive, which will be accessible to descent communities, scholars, students and the general public, will focus on two sites of World War II incarceration: Idaho’s Minidoka National Historic Site (the site of Minidoka War Relocation Center), a War Relocation Authority facility that incarcerated over 9000 predominantly Japanese American citizens and Idaho’s Kooskia Internment Camp, a Department of Justice prison that incarcerated over 260 Japanese American men deemed “alien enemies” by the United States government.

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