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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

SMC newspapers: The Tanforan Totalizer


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Courtesy of the family of Itaru and Shizuko Ina




The Tanforan Totalizer began publication from the Japanese interment camp on 15 May 1942.  In all nineteen were edited by Taro Katayama and they varied in length from 4 to 26 pages. You will find a good description of the paper in the Densho Encyclopedia


All 19 issues Tanforan Totalizer are available on Densho Digital Repository  Click on the issue image and on the resulting page click on download full size to get a file with the entire paper.

The mission of the Densho Digital Repository is to allow users to "Hear the story of the Japanese American incarceration experience from those who lived it, and find thousands of historic photographs, documents, newspapers, letters and other primary source materials from immigration to the WWII incarceration and its aftermath."

The Library of Congress lists various libraries throughout the country that have both microfilm and original copies of the paper for those who are not satisfied with online images.

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