This is an excerpt of Minoru Kiyota's book "Beyond Loyalty: The Story of a Kibei." Originally, this book was published in Japan as "Nikkei Hangyaku" but was later translated into English. This excerpt describes Kiyota's memories of an FBI interview…
This is a newsletter from L.G. Noble, the principle of Topaz High in 1942, to the parents of the high school and jr. high students. This document lists a number of expectations and goals that the high school staff hoped to accomplish. Topics include…
This is the first issue of the "Topaz Times Jr.," the Topaz High newspaper, published on December 23, 1944. Later, the name was changed to "The Topazette," and it included a section for the jr. high. This issue announces a school play as well as…
Chiura Obata, a renowned art professor and artist interred at Topaz, produced the art and text for this story. It was originally published in the New Year’s edition of the ""Topaz Times"" in January of 1943. Translated, the story reads:
Ramblings '44 is the second yearbook produced by the Associated Students of Topaz High School. Covering the school year September 1943 through June 1944, it describes the scholastic activities and accomplishments of Japanese American students…
Japanese American students interned at the Topaz Relocation Center produced high school yearbooks during the 1943 and 1944 school years. The introduction to the 1943 yearbook provides some insight into the unusual nature of their school: "The Topaz…
Guidebook to the Central Utah Relocation Project in Topaz, Utah describes to incoming residents the layout, facilities, and services of the center. Illustrated by Yuri Sugihara, the guidebook contains maps, building layouts, a diagram of the "Topaz…
Written in October 1942 to staff of the War Relocation Authority, this paper stresses the importance of understanding the cultural background of the Japanese Americans living in relocation centers. It describes common behavior patterns among the…
Hiro Katayama wrote this article which was included in "All Aboard," which was a literary and art magazine published by Japanese Americans in 1944 at Topaz. This article discusses the difficulties that youth encountered at Topaz, including boredom…
M. Yubuki created this hand drawn map of evacuation, which was published in "All Aboard" in 1944, a literary and art magazine published in Topaz. Included on the map are eight relocation centers as well as major cities in the western United States.
This is an article from "All Aboard" which was a literary magazine that was published in Topaz in the Spring of 1944, written by 7th grade students at Topaz High. This article records several experiences and stories from the lives of these students…
This is an article from "All Aboard" which was a literary magazine that was published in Topaz in the Spring of 1944. Henry Tani was the author while Tamiko Kosakura was the illustrator. This article describes briefly the format and brief history of…
This is an excerpt from "The Education Program Central Utah Relocation Center" which is an explanation of the curriculum for both the elementary schools and high school at Topaz. This provides some introduction to how Topaz High was structured and…
This is an excerpt from "The Education Program Central Utah Relocation Center" which is an explanation of the curriculum for both the elementary schools and high school at Topaz. Also included is a brief history of the education program. This…
Illustration from Mine Okubo's "Citizen 13660" showing the first High School Graduation.
Illustration from Mine Okubo's "Citizen 13660" depicting a High School class at Topaz.
Illustration from Mine Okubo's "Citizen 13660" showing the first Christmas at Topaz.
Illustration from Mine Okubo's "Citizen 13660" which shows Japanese Americans gathered around a pot belly stove.
Illustration from Mine Okubo's "Citizen 13660" depicting Japanese American arrival at Topaz.
A map of the Central Utah Relocation Center Project Area.
Japanese American youth and adults browsing at the Topaz Co-op Store.
View of Topaz barracks from the side.
Image of barracks at Topaz.
Image of preschool students at Topaz.
Image of high school students waiting for an assembly meeting.
Photograph of internees pounding dough to make mochi (a sticky Japanese rice cake) for New Years.
Photograph of workers clearing fields for agricultural use. Some of the works appear to be adolescents.
Photograph of Topaz from above.
Photo of an adult night class at Topaz. There were many night classes at Topaz that taught adults subjects from English language and Americanization to Psychology.
Image of boy walking through mud outside of a barrack.
Photograph of Topaz "residents" arriving at Topaz. Luggage is piled high next to barracks.
View of Topaz from the East towards the South.
Crowd of Japanese Americans at Topaz.
Japanese American girl standing in front of drying laundry hanging outside of barrack.
Japanese American boy standing in front of barracks at Topaz. Back of the photo reads "Sumida."
Japanese American woman singing national anthem at Topaz.
High school boy studying next to a desk in a barrack.
Topaz High School graduation in 1945 in the High School gymnasium.
Two children participating in Kabuki, a Japanese dance drama.
Crowd gathered in recreation hall or dining hall.
Boy scouts salute.
Two students (Tom Tomioka and Rose Uyeda) in front of a barrack.
Jr. High students standing with Golden Wolff and LeGrand Noble (educators) in the front.
A group of youth in Eleanor Gerard Sekarak's classroom at Block 32.
Youth dressed up for a retelling of the Christmas nativity story.
A group of Topaz High School students studying in a barrack or rec hall.
Students playing "tug of war" at a field day while other students watch.
Students signing the 1945 edition of the Rambler yearbook.
Gymnasium at Topaz. It was used as an auditorium and basketball court.