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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series Subject Files, 1942-1946 in the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389) that includes 33 files related to prisoner of war camps in Arizona. The series Decimal Files, 1943-1946 in Record Group 389 also contains 3 files related to Arizona, and the series Subject Correspondence Files Relating to the Construction of and Conditions in Prisoner of War Camps, 1942-1947 in Record Group 389 contains 5 files related to Arizona. We also located the series Publicity Files, 1942-1945 in Record Group 389 that includes a file for Papago Park, Arizona as well. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at email@example.com for access to and information about these records.
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In addition, the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records Office provides some information online about World War II Prisoner of War Camps. You may wish to contact them or the Arizona Historical Society for further assistance.
Finally, you may locate accounts of enemy prisoners of war in historical newspapers like those available online from the Arizona State Library’s Arizona Historical Digital Newspapers - Arizona Memory Project, the University of Arizona’s Historical News, and the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America website.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!