"Tule Lake opened May 26, 1942, detaining persons of Japanese descent removed from western Washington, Oregon and Northern California. With a peak population of 18,700, Tule Lake was the largest of the camps - the only one converted into a maximum-security segregation center, ruled under martial law and occupied by the Army." (excerpt from the DENSHO website)
Recently, I discovered a collection of photo albums my grandmother's older sister, Clara, began collecting in the 1930s. The photos tell Clara's story as a young woman working as a tour guide through the Japanese Pavillion's silk-making exhibition at the 1939 World's Fair in San Francisco.
Later, they show a life lived behind bars at Tule Lake Camp. Despite the hardships many of her photos from this time depict young couples, posing and smiling as they seem to try to make the best of their situation.