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American Women: Resources from the General Collections

Literary Works by Women

Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984, photographer. Mrs. Teruko Kiyomura 1943. Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Women have historically faced many obstacles in the publishing industry. However, publishing is not a prerequisite to writing, and the writing of women can be found in a number of surprising places if you know where to look. The research possibilities from this vast array of women's voices are many.

In her novel Journey to Topaz , Japanese American Yoshiko Uchida depicts one aspect of life in a World War II evacuation camp for her eleven-year-old heroine: “One of the worst things about being in camp was that there was no place to go to be alone. Wherever she went, people pressed close—in her own stall, at the mess hall, at school, on the track, even in the latrines and washroom.” (See Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar.)