Puyallup (Camp Harmony)
Temporary Assembly Center
Location: Puyallup, Washington
vh Mitsuye May Yamada - Joe Yasutake - Tosh Yasutake Interview Segment 63 (ddr-densho-1000-135-63)
Remembering sickness in camp, rumors of disease
vh Kajiko Hashisaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-201-9)
Having a special ceremony in camp for Seattle Japanese American high school graduates
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 7 (June 17, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-7)
Selected article titles: "Pact Bars Issei from War Work" (p. 1), "Landslide Majority Votes to Retain Japanese Staff..." (p. 1), "Map of Tulelake Community" (p. 3).
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 11 (August 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-11)
Selected article titles: "Model Plane Enthusiasts Await Wood" (p. 1), "Red Cross Visitors Tour Camp" (p. 1), "June-July Checks Coming. New Payroll Totals $24,000" (p. 1), "Hospital Comes Into Own Center Doctors Operate Twice" (p. 3), "Garment Menders Sought" (p. 4).
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 6 (June 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-6)
Selected article titles: "Harmony Residents Slated for Tulelake" (p. 1), "Sac'to Evacuees Leave for Tulelake Beginning June 15" (p. 1), "Applications for Relocation Being Accepted... Ito. Must Meet Certain Requirements to Qualify" (p. 2), "Early Student Relocation Seen as Plans are Formulated... W.R.A. to Take Charge of Transfers" (p. 2).
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 12 (August 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-12)
Selected article titles: "Minidoka Previewed" (p. 2), "What Makes This Center Run? J.J. McGovern, Gentleman Farmer" (p. 2), "Editorial: Our Coming Home by James Sakamoto" (p. 10).
doc Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates about a house Mrs. Gates is occupying.
img Arrival at the Puyallup Assembly Center (ddr-densho-36-32)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, which many camp inmates called "Camp Harmony," was on the site of the annual Western Washington Fair. The center was constructed in only seventeen days. Barracks were erected in converted livestock stalls near the parking lots and under the grandstand. Japanese Americans remained at the fairgrounds from April 28 to September 23 ...
img Japanese American receiving lunch (ddr-densho-36-42)
The assembly center was composed of blocks, each with its own kitchen and dining area.
vh Mitsu Fukui Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-140-22)
Feelings about dealing with hardships in the assembly center: "I thought that was really cruel. Being a citizen and to be put into a place like that."
vh Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-114-10)
Forced into "Camp Harmony," Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington
This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-143-20)
First impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center; resourcefulness of the camp inmates
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-143-21)
Volunteering at the first aid station at Puyallup Assembly Center
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-143-22)
Life at the Puyallup Assembly Center: poor food, playing cards, and wondering about the future
vh Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-85-7)
Lack of privacy in camp
vh Peggy Tanemura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-85-5)
Description of Puyallup Assembly Center
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-172-19)
Effect of the incarceration experience on Issei, family life
vh Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-41-17)
Barbed wire and armed guards at the Puyallup Assembly Center
vh Henry Miyatake Interview II Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-54-1)
"Evacuation day": trying to bring in more belongings and supplies