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Harold (Hal) West Collection

Identifier: AC 370

Scope and Content

The Collection includes nineteen original drawings of the guards at the Japanese American Internment Camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and of a prisoner of war camp in Seagoville, Texas done by Harold (Hal) E. West (1902-1968). There is a book entitled "A Local Santa Fe Bystander's View of the War Years and of the Japanese Internment Camp, 1941-1945" catalogued separately. Collection contains original drawings, copy of the book, and photographs, correspondence, and articles on Hal West and Jerry West.


  • 1941-2002
  • 1941-1999
  • 1941-2002

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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.


Harold (Hal) West worked as a guard at the Japanese internment camp (Department of Justice) in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1943 and 1944. During his time at the camp he made a number of small studies of his follow guards. West was a WPA artist in the 1930s. In 1945, West was treated for a brain tumor in Chicago; he lived until 1968.


.25 Linear Feet

Related Material

Japanese American Internment Camps Research Material, 1941-1999 (AC 304). Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, NM U.S.A.

Santa Fe Internment Camp Marker Records, 1941-2002 (AC 369). Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, Santa Fe, NM U.S.A.

Separated Material

"A Local Santa Fe Bystanders View of the War years and of the japanese Internment Camp, 1941-1945" is located in the Fray Angelico History Library book section


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Email:
  7. URL:


Guide to Harold (Hal) West Collection,1942 - 2002
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//Museum of New Mexico::Fray Angelico Chavez History Library//TEXT (US::NmSM::AC 370: Guide to Harold (Hal) West Collection)//EN" "nmsm1ac370.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090