This announcement is being sent to a number of lists. Please accept our apologies for any duplicate postings. “Suffering under a Great Injustice”: Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar Now Available on the Library of Congress’s American Memory Web site A rare set of photographs by renowned photographer Ansel Adams, documenting Japanese-Americans interned at the Manzanar War Relocation Center, is being made available on the Library of Congress’s American Memory Web site on February 20, the one hundredth anniversary of Adams’s birth. The collection can be found at the following URL: <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aamhtml/>. “Suffering under a Great Injustice”: Ansel Adams’s Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar features 209 photographic prints and 241 original negatives taken by Adams in 1943 of Japanese Americans who were relocated from their homes during World War II and interned in the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. For the first time researchers are able to see online the photographs Adams made of what Congress declared in 1988 the “grave injustice” done to persons of Japanese ancestry during the war. Digital scans of both Adams’s original negatives and his photographic prints appear side by side, allowing viewers to see his darkroom technique and in particular how he cropped his prints. The Web presentation also includes digital images of the first edition of Born Free and Equal, Adams’s publication based on his work at Manzanar. As America’s best-known photographer, Adams is renowned for his Western landscapes. Best remembered for his views of Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada, he made photographs that emphasize the natural beauty of the land. By contrast, Adams’s photographs of people have been largely overlooked. After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, fear of a Japanese invasion and of subversive acts by Japanese Americans prompted the government to move more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry from California, southern Arizona, and western Washington and Oregon to ten relocation camps. Those forcibly removed from their homes, businesses, and possessions included Japanese immigrants legally forbidden to become citizens (Issei), the American-born (Nisei), and children of the American-born (Sansei). This event struck a personal chord with Adams when Harry Oye, his parents’ longtime employee who was an Issei in poor health, was summarily taken into custody by authorities and sent to a hospital halfway across the country in Missouri. Angered by this event, Adams welcomed an opportunity in the fall of 1943 to photograph Japanese-American internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center. In a departure from his usual landscape photography, Adams produced an essay on the Japanese Americans interned in this beautiful but remote and undeveloped region where the mountains served both as a metaphorical fortress and as an inspiration for the internees. Concentrating on the internees and their activities, Adams photographed family life in the barracks; people at workinternees as welders, farmers, and garment makers; and recreational activities, including baseball and volleyball games. Adams donated the original negatives and prints from his work at Manzanar to the Library of Congress between 1965 and 1968. The collection is housed in the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division, where it has been available to researchers in the Division’s Reading Room. Please direct any questions to [log in to unmask] or via <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/helpdesk/amform.html>.