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Guide to the Muramoto (Walter) Collection 1942-1945
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Description
361 black and white photographs of daily life in camp in Rohwer, Arkansas.
Background
Walter Wataru Muramoto (1915-1984) was an amateur photographer from Redondo Beach, California. Muramoto, a nisei, learned about taking pictures from his father, a photographer who specialized in school photos in Japan. While incarcerated at Rohwer concentration camp with his family from 1942 to 1945, Muramoto became known as the unofficial camp photographer. He was often asked to photograph events and people in camp with the camera he had borrowed from a Buddhist reverend. The collection consists of over 300 loose prints that document daily life at the Arkansas camp.
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in this collection must be submitted to the Hirasaki National Resource Center at the Japanese American National Museum (hnrc@janm.org).
Availability
Collection is open for research by appointment. Please contact the Japanese American National Museum's Manabi & Sumi Hirasaki National Resource Center at (213) 830-5680 or hnrc@janm.org to schedule an appointment. The Resource Center hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.