Collection:
A Celebration of the Human Spirit: Japanese-American Relocation Camps in Arizona

Published by Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, Tempe

The Arizona Historical Foundation houses two collections pertaining to Arizona's two World War II Japanese Relocation Camps, Gila River and Poston. Wade Head served as director of the Poston camp from 1942-1944, and his collection focuses on the administration and documentation of camp life. Frances and Mary Montgomery were teachers at Butte High School, located at the Gila River camp. The Montgomery collection contains student photographs and correspondence, yearbooks, and educational materials. This exhibition showcases original artwork, documents and photographs that illustrate the dichotomy of these two collections while honoring the spirit and culture of their American subjects.

Arizona Historical Foundation