Portland

Temporary Assembly Center

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Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-21)
The letter is written on thin paper and possibly missing pages, dated July 21, 1942. William writes to his father about his current classes, describing his Boy Scout troop and his changing weight. He asks after his father's health and the entertainment as his camp.
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-27)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Sep 1, 1942, with a 6 cent airmail stamp. On the left side of the postcard are two purple stamps; one is an air mail stamp and the second is a "Censored" stamp. On ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-20)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated June 30, 1942. Notes that the Kidas had written Ethel saying they were going to Eastern Oregon the next week. Also notes that the Krogmens visited the Kidas (likely in Portland). Asks if Al has visited.
Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-22-15)
vh Yoneko Hara Interview Segment 15 (ddr-one-7-22-15)
Recreational activities in camp

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

George Nakata Interview Segment 13 (ddr-one-7-29-13)
vh George Nakata Interview Segment 13 (ddr-one-7-29-13)
First impressions of the Portland Assembly Center

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Hiro Heidi Inahara Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-75-5)
vh Hiro Heidi Inahara Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-75-5)
First impressions of the Portland Assembly Center

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 5 (June 2, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-3)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 5 (June 2, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-3)
Selected article titles: "Maeda and Shiiki Added to Board. Board Well Balanced" (p. 1), "Leonetti to Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Who's Coming and Where From" (p. 1), "Glenn Miller In "Sun Valley Serenade"" (p. 1), "17 Arrived Last Wk.end" (p. 1), "50 Students Visit First Aid Car" (p. 1), "Soldier Reports" (p. 2), "Rec ...
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 18 (July 17, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-13)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 18 (July 17, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-13)
Selected article titles: "New Orders Regarding Transfers" (p. 1), "Bican Outlines Policy for This Center" (p. 1), "Pay Checks Due Again Saturday" (p. 1), "Firemen Promoted" (p. 3), "Sabbath Day Speakers" (p. 3), "Early Teen-Age Youths to Hold Big Day July 25. Shig Sakamoto and Eunica Torii Chosen Co-Chairmen" (p. 3).
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 8 (June 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-5)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 8 (June 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-5)
Selected article titles: "71 Graduates Receive Diplomas" (p. 1), "16 Elementary Holds Party" (p. 1), "Canteen Enlarged" (p. 1), "Educational Program Opens" (p. 1), "Food Exams Being Conducted" (p. 1), "Symbol of God" (p. 2), "Religious Services" (p. 2), "Lab. Added to Hospital" (p. 3).
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 15 (July 7, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-11)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 15 (July 7, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-11)
Selected article titles: "Bican Succeed Sandquist. Leaves for San Francisco" (p. 1), "300 Enroll for Social Dance Class" (p. 1), "Cakes Baked for Fourth" (p. 1), "Large Throng Attends First Aid Dance" (p. 3), "2500 Books Issued" (p. 3), "Food Inspectors Visits Assembly Center" (p. 4).
Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1012-3-7)
vh Minoru Yasui Interview Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1012-3-7)
Observing the difficult living conditions in camp: "it infuriated me" (audio only)

This interview is audio-only. It contains raw footage used by Steven Okazaki in his 1985 film Unfinished Business.

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Lucy Kirihara Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1014-18-8)
vh Lucy Kirihara Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1014-18-8)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and going to assembly center

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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-14)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 25, 1942. On the left side of the envelope, written in pencil, is “Censored 5/31/42” with initials below. Inside the ...
Envelope to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-17)
White air mail envelope with a red, white and blue border. The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston. Sender information written in the upper left corner as "Mrs. Kei Koyama/No 16109 sec. 3-D-10/Japanese Assembly Center/N. Portland, Oregon." Postmarked June 23, 1942. Two additional dates handwritten below the postmark: "June ...
Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-123-13)
Feelings of fear and powerlessness upon witnessing the shooting death of a camp worker

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-123-11)
Witnessing the shooting of a kitchen worker by a camp guard

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Chiye Tomihiro Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-93-2)
vh Chiye Tomihiro Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-93-2)
Life at the Portland Assembly Center: the shame of being visited by former schoolmates

This interview was conducted at the Voices of Japanese American Redress Conference, held on the UCLA campus and sponsored by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Because of the full conference schedule ...

Mae Hada Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-20-5)
vh Mae Hada Interview Segment 5 (ddr-one-7-20-5)
Memories of the Portland Assembly Center

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Kay Aiko Abe Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-232-9)
vh Kay Aiko Abe Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-232-9)
World War II experiences: memories of Portland Assembly Center
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 6 (June 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-4)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 6 (June 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-4)
Selected article titles: "Volunteer Beet Workers Leave Sunday" (p. 1), "Graduation Wednesday" (p. 1), "520 Arrived Today From Washington. 627 More Evacuees Due on Saturday" (p. 1), "2000 Persons Attend Show" (p. 1), "'Hi Neighbor' Jig This Sat!" (p. 3), "Shower Schedule" (p. 3), "Hospital Adds New Mess Hall" (p. 3), "Mattresses Available" (p. 3), "500 ...
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