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Resident I.D. card

Resident I.D. card

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These identification cards were issued to residents of the internment camps. In order to exercise control and maintain surveillance over the population, internees were given family numbers and their physical characteristics were recorded.
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Object Name
identification card
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5.588 cm x 10.16 cm; 2 3/16 in x 4 in
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Ko Takemoto
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, General
Cultures & Communities
Japanese American Internment Era
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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