Photo, Print, Drawing Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at [401 - 403 Eighth] and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war digital file from b&w film copy neg.

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Title
Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at [401 - 403 Eighth] and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war
Summary
Photograph shows the Wanto Co. store located at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin Streets in Oakland, California. The business was owned by the Matsuda family. Tatsuro Matsuda, a University of California graduate, commissioned and installed the "I am an American" sign. (Source: researcher R. Yee, Oakland Museum of California, 2017)
Contributor Names
Lange, Dorothea, photographer
Created / Published
1942 Mar.
Subject Headings
-  World War, 1939-1945--Japanese Americans--California--Oakland
-  Grocery stores--California--Oakland--1940-1950
-  Japanese Americans--Civil rights--1940-1950
-  Automobiles--California--Oakland--1940-1950
Format Headings
Gelatin silver prints--1940-1950.
Genre
Gelatin silver prints--1940-1950
Notes
-  Title from item.
-  Original caption misidentified location of store as being at "13th and Franklin streets". Business directories, order forms and telephone directories list address of Wanto Co. store as 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin Streets. (Source: researcher R. Yee, Oakland Museum of California, 2017)
-  No. A-35.
-  Original negative is at the National Archives and Records Administration, NARA # 210-G-A35.
-  Forms part of: Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information Collection (Library of Congress).
-  Published in: Dorothea Lange : American photographs / Therese Thau Heyman, Sandra S. Phillips, John Szarkowski. San Francisco : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art : Chronicle Books, c1994, plate 87.
-  Published in: Executive order 9066: the internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans [by] Maisie & Richard Conrat. Cambridge, Mass., MIT Press for the California Historical Society [1972]
-  Print not found in FSA-OWI J7647 or LOT 1801, 2004.
Medium
1 photographic print : gelatin silver.
Call Number/Physical Location
LOT 1801 [item] [P&P]
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
cph 3a24566 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a24566
Library of Congress Control Number
2004665381
Reproduction Number
LC-USZ62-23602 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 photographic print : gelatin silver. | Photograph shows the Wanto Co. store located at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin Streets in Oakland, California. The business was owned by the Matsuda family. Tatsuro Matsuda, a University of California graduate, commissioned and installed the "I am an American" sign. (Source: researcher R. Yee, Oakland Museum of California, 2017)
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https://lccn.loc.gov/2004665381
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Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Oakland, Calif., Mar. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war. California Oakland, 1942. Mar. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665381/.

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Lange, D., photographer. (1942) Oakland, Calif., Mar. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war. California Oakland, 1942. Mar. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2004665381/.

MLA citation style:

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Oakland, Calif., Mar. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 401 - 403 Eighth and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war. Mar. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2004665381/>.