Digitizing Japanese American Internment in Idaho during World War II

Material Description

This project brings together a diverse but interrelated set of materials together in one comprehensive digital repository so that the public and interested scholars can access the data in its entirety. There are two broad types of data sets in the Kooskia Internment Camp collection. The first is all associated archival and photographic data associated with the Kooskia Internment. This data was amassed by Dr. Priscilla Wegars, who began researching the Kooskia Internment Camp in the 1980s. This data includes photocopied correspondence and work orders obtained from the National Archives, photographs taken by Dr. Wegars of internee-made artwork and textiles, maps drawn by former prison officials, original photographs taken of the camp, FBI files on each prisoner, and a photocopy of a diary written by a Kooskia prisoner during his time in internment. Most of these resources are secondary sources, but it is important that they are amassed in one place for current and future stakeholders, researchers, and descendant communities to access and study. The second set of data associated with the Kooskia Internment Camp consists of archaeological data. The Kooskia Internment Camp was excavated by Dr. Stacey Camp in 2010 and 2013. This data includes catalog forms describing each artifact discovered during excavations, excavation unit binders detailing the process of excavation and architectural features discovered during it (including maps and field notes), and select artifacts to be included in finding aids as part of the publicity and outreach component of this grant. The catalog forms will be entered into a database that is currently being developed by the Northwest Knowledge Network with the assistance of a 2015-2016 Idaho Humanities Council grant. A proof of concept version of it can be found here:

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University of Idaho


Dr. Stacey Camp
University of Idaho

Date Range

1940 - 2015

Geographic Scope

The geographical scope of the project is international, as it pertains to World War II internees who did not have U.S. citizenship. The Kooskia Internment Camp's prisoners were forcibly removed from Panama, Peru, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and Italy, as well as from over half of the states in the U.S.A.


  • 660 correspondence between camps/prison officials ; work orders for supplies; misc. correspondence associated with Kooskia Internment Camp
  • 209 bibliographic data associated with the study of internment, including finding aids on specific topics
  • 195 diary written by Kooskia Internment Camp prisoner Hozen Seki
  • 108 historic newspaper articles associated with the Kooskia Internment Camp
  • 105 misc. documents about the Latin American prisoners at the Kooskia Internment Camp
  • 139 Mixed Archival Collections
  • 143 excavation unit information associated with the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project, including stratigraphic profiles, maps, descriptions of artifacts and findings, etc.
  • 61 Photographs
  • 370 data tracking and policy and procedure documents associated with the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Projcet
  • 12750 artifact catalog forms from the Kooskia Internment Camp Archaeological Project
  • 550 FBI/INS folders on each internee held at the Kooskia Internment Camp