The HMWF pages listed below are now being featured as a resource in conjunction with the NISEI Soldier Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition done by the National Veterans Network in partnership with the Smithsonian Museum of American History and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center:
Teruo "Ted" Fujioka - View page
Stanley Hayami - View page
Fair Play Committee - View page
Visit the full NISEI Soldier Congressional Gold Medal Digital Exhibition hosted by the Smithonsian
Visit the Heart Mountain Resource Page provided by the Digital Exhibit
Archives Research Room (Includes appointment information and policies)
Our Permanent Collections support the mission of the HMWF and contain 2D and 3D artifacts and objects, rare books, archival content in multiple formats, and some reference material. Everything on exhibit in the Interpretive Center is considered part of our permanent collection, aside from the traveling exhibits in the Ford Foundation Special Exhibit Area.
The Education and Reference Collections play a vital role in helping us fulfill the mission of the HMWF through making select material and artifacts available for interactive use by our visitors, researchers, and education programs. Some library materials are available for short-term check out.
These collections originate from a variety of sources: donated material that does not fit the scope of our permanent collections, items given expressly for the education and reference collections, non-precious duplicate material already represented in the permanent collection, and non-precious ephemera.
suggested readings, downloadable curriculum and activities, and information about field trips, site visits and off-site presentations, and requests for school kits are available on our Education page.
To assist in your research efforts, please visit our listings on the Rocky Mountain Online Archive (RMOA) at http://rmoa.unm.edu/results.php?inst=WyPoHMF.
Guide to the Frank Emi Papers, 1916 - 2010
Inventory of Oral History Transcripts and Related Textual Materials 1966 - 2009
Inventory of HMWF Books and Published Material
Inventory of Blueprints, Schematics, and Maps 1942 - 2004
This document contains a list of online and external research resources, provided as a courtesy by the HMWF to aid researchers in their quest for information about Heart Mountain, especially for those who are unable to travel to Powell, Wyoming to use our collections.
Download the Guide to Heart Mountain External Research Resources (3.15MB, PDF, last revised December 9, 2015)
This is a living document and is periodically updated. The last revision date is noted both with the link above and on the bottom right corner of the document. Please contact the HMWF Archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions of candidate Heart Mountain related resources.
Note: The repositories and sites noted within the Guide are not maintained by the HMWF. Please direct all inquiries to the appropriate administrators.
The HMWF is a partner organization with the Densho Digital Repository Project. Digital reformatting and online hosting of photos and documents from the HMWF Okumoto Collection, donated by Grace Kawakami, was made possible through a grant from Densho. Conversion was done on-site by former HMWF Archives Assistant, Kathryn McKee. Note: only a portion of the images from this collection have been published online, the remainder can be viewed on-site at the Interpretive Center in Powell, Wyoming.
This list was obtained from the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 210. Any errors or omissions that have come to our attention have been amended on our hard copy at the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you identify any further roster inconsistencies. Adjustments will only be made on the on-site, hard copy and will not be reflected on the electronic copies available on our website.
Click below to download (PDF) sections of the Roster of those incarcerated at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. Incarcerees are listed alphabetically by last name. The Roster has been imaged only and is NOT full-text searchable. Note: Depending on your connection speed, these large files may take several minutes to download.
A - HAMAMOTO (39MB)
HAMAMOTO - ISAWA (36.6MB)
ISE - KOBATA (35.9MB)
KOBATA - MIYAMOTO (34.5MB)
MIYAMOTO - NISHIMOTO (34.6MB)
NISHIMOTO - SAKAMOTO (36.4MB)
SAKAMOTO - TAKATA (35.1MB)
TAKATA - WATANABE (34.5MB)
WATANABE - ZAIMAN (26.9MB)
Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
Northwest College Hinkley Library - Heart Mountain Digital Preservation Project
University of Wyoming American Heritage Center
Washington State University - Digital Exhibits
We always appreciate learning what your research interests are, as this helps us in making processing and collection development decisions. If you would like to submit topics of interest or propose dates for a research visit please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email is preferred.
For non-research, general visitation, the Interpretive Center is open year-round and we welcome you to visit during normal operating hours (see hours below).
With few exceptions (see HMWF Digital Resources above) our collection material is not digitized. If/when a collection becomes digitally available, this will be reflected in the finding aid and will also be listed above.
Please assume an in-person visit is required to use our resources. While we are always happy to help with reference questions and in making referrals, we do not have the resources to conduct research on your behalf.
We highly recommend researchers review the available finding aids available on the Rocky Mountain Online Archive (see link above in Digital Resources) and schedule a phone consultation with the Archivist before planning a research trip.
If you are new to archives research or would like a refresher, we suggest reading "Using Archives: A Guide To Effective Research" by Laura Schmidt before your develop your research plan. This guide is available for free download from http://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/UsingArchives_Final.pdf, courtesy of the the Society of American Archivists.
The collections are available for on-site research only. Note: The collections are NOT being digitized at this time, therefore, they are not available online. Dependent on funding, staffing, and permissions of copyright holders, select portions of the collections may become available online at some point in the future.
All materials are subject to administrative review prior to being served for research due to privacy or preservation (condition) concerns. Some materials may be restricted upon assessment. We can not guarantee same day availability for items requiring redaction or reformatting. We highly recommend researchers review the finding aid and schedule a phone consultation with the Archivist before planning a research trip. Research appointments must be made in advance, please consult the archivist.
As allowable by law, the HMWF may provide copies of materials for private study, scholarship, or research. The HMWF reserves the right to deny or limit reproductions.
Producing or allowing reproduction as permitted by law for libraries and archives, or possession of reproductions by a user does not imply rights ownership. Some materials in our collection are within the public domain or may be used under "fair use", as defined by law. We kindly request proper citation for any material used from the HMWF Collection.
The user is solely responsible for copyright compliance and if use exceeds "fair use", the user may be subject to copyright infringement.
Service and/or licensing fees may apply for reproduction and permissions for other use.
(PPI policy courtesy of and adapted from the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art)
Manuscript collections that include twentieth and twenty-first century archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person.
The HMWF staff have taken care to identify Personally Identifiable Information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. Some collections are flagged for secondary review upon receipt of a research request and may be redacted or deemed restricted at that time. However, privacy protected information may still be discovered during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed.
Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.
Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless the HMWF and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the HMWF.
Please be advised: most of our collection materials are still subject to copyright by the original creator, assignees, or legal heirs, although in some cases copyright has been transferred to the HMWF. A select portion of materials in our collection are within the public domain.
Disclaimer: While the current HMWF administration makes a concerted effort to determine the current rights holder, identifying the right status is often a complex and ambiguous matter, especially in regards to our early accessions.
For material the HMWF does not own rights to, we do not guarantee the accuracy of rights status appearing in our documentation. The user is responsible for identifying and obtaining permissions from the copyright holder.
When the intellectual property rights are held by the HMWF, use of this work beyond "Fair Use" requires the written permission of an authorized HMWF representative and fees may apply. Inquiries can be made with the archivist.
Please allow ample time to conduct your on-site research. If your research is dependent on the ability to obtain reproductions for off-site reference, please let the archivist know before you begin reviewing materials as we may not be able to fulfill all of your reproduction expectations. Also note: all reproduction requests will be processed after your visit and sent electronically.
NOTE: §108(i) expressly prohibits us from making or distributing reproductions of MUSICAL WORKS, PICTORAL, GRAPHIC, SCULPTURAL WORK, OR MOTION PICTURES of materials for which we do not own the Intellectual Property rights and one of the allowable exceptions does not exist. This includes photographic material.
“Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works” include two-dimensional and three dimensional works of fine, graphic, and applied art, photographs, prints and art reproductions, maps, globes, charts, diagrams, models, and technical drawings, including architectural plans. - - U.S. Copyright Law, Section 101
In the event we are unable to reproduce material in our collection due to these legal limits, you still have the option of seeking out the copyright holder and obtaining the necessary permissions. When presented with verifiable written authorization from the legitimate copyright holder, the HMWF can produce a reproduction.
We are actively seeking artifacts and objects (artwork, furniture, personal effects, other), archival material (photos, personal papers, correspondence, manuscripts, records, journals/diaries, recordings, etc.), and works (published or unpublished - including memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction) related to the WRA Heart Mountain Relocation Center and Japanese American incarceration.
Download a list of titles we are current seeking. (Last updated - May 4, 2016)
If you would like more information about a potential Heart Mountain related item or would like to offer something for donation, please contact the archives by any of the following methods:
Email us at email@example.com
Postal mail at Attn - Archivist, HMWF, 1539 Road 19, Powell, WY 82435
Phone at 307-754-8000 x103 (Archives/Research Room)
Visiting the Interpretive Center (if bringing the donation with you, advanced notice is most appreciated)
[Page last revised: 05/31/2016, N. Blechynden]