Portland

Temporary Assembly Center

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Massie Hinatsu Interview Segment 9 (ddr-manz-1-100-9)
vh Massie Hinatsu Interview Segment 9 (ddr-manz-1-100-9)
Social activities in camp: watching movies, writing letters
Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-197-9)
vh Kazue Yamamoto Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-197-9)
Memories of Portland Assembly Center

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-273-15)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-273-15)
The journey to the Portland Livestock 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.

Setsu Tsuboi Tanemura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-266-15)
vh Setsu Tsuboi Tanemura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-266-15)
Dealing with living conditions in assembly center: having chocolate bars from home to share
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 26 (ddr-densho-1000-139-26)
Vivid memories of the day of mass removal: helping the GIs with the move, sadness of father, the sound of the gate closing upon arrival at assembly center
Letter from Miriam Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-211)
doc Letter from Miriam Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-211)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter from Miriam Koyama, daughter of Teru and Keizaburo Koyama, to Edward J. Ennis, Director Enemy Alien Control Unit. Miriam writes about her family and how much she misses her father. She mentions that she spent her 9th birthday in the Portland Assembly Center and her 10th at Minidoka. Due to ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Lois Sato (ddr-one-5-18)
Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Lois Sato at the Portland Assembely Center. Postmarked Jul 9, 1942. On the left side of the front of the postcard is a red Censored stamp with an unknown signature. On the back of the postcard is a handwritten message from Lois Sato. She writes about ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-23)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message on the back of the postcard ...
Letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his son William Koyama on Father's Day (ddr-one-5-15)
A letter written to Kei Koyama from his son William Koyama. It is dated June 21, 1942. In the letter William writes to encourage his father to stay positive and look to God as the rest of the family is doing. In the postscript written on the side of the letter, William wishes that they be ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Eva Koyama (ddr-one-5-11)
Front of one cent postcard is addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Sill from his daughter Eva Koyama at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 11, 1942. On the back of the postcard Eva writes about the family and first few days at the Portland Assembly Center. Dated May 7, 1942.
Relocating A People (ddr-csujad-19-71)
doc Relocating A People (ddr-csujad-19-71)
This is an article from the magazine "Common Ground," volume III, no. 4, summer 1943, which discusses about the manpower shortage and the considerable expense to the government due to the relocation of 110,000 people of Japanese descent. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-23_01
Mass removal instructions document from page of scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-40)
doc Mass removal instructions document from page of scrapbook (ddr-densho-72-40)
Mass removal instructions by the Portland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. From page of "Scrapbook: 1943-45."
Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
doc Personal identification tag (ddr-densho-287-1)
Tag worn by Molly Kageyama Maeda during mass removal from Hood River, Oregon to Portland Assembly Center.
Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-287-6)
img Wedding portrait (ddr-densho-287-6)
Molly Kageyama Maeda and Milton Maeda's wedding portrait. Taken at Portland Assembly Center, Oregon.
Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
doc Gidra, Vol. I, No. 6 (September 1969) (ddr-densho-297-6)
Selected article titles: "Isaac Honored" (p. 1), "Birth of Amerasia" (p. 1), "Hoover's Yellow Peril" (p. 2), "Dawn of Awakening" (p. 2), "UCLA Sells Out" (p. 5), "Potential for What" (p. 5), "The Failure of Democracy in a Time of Crisis" (p. 6-7).
Letter from George Kida to mother Miyuki
doc Letter from George Kida to mother Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-25)
Letter and envelope to Miyuki "Kay" Kida from George Kida. Describes work opportunities, conditions in the camp and surrounding area. Kenjiro is picking up potatoes and George is pitching bundles. Mentions someone named Satoshi (who he mentioned having bought a checker board with in a previous letter) who he is becoming friends with. Mentions having received ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-19)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated June 30, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt offers to send some of her pension check of $40 to the Kida's. Asks if the Kidas need more bedding. She also asks how the situation (the war/internment) looks to the Kidas and tries to offer them ...
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 11 (June 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-8)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. I No. 11 (June 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-8)
Selected article titles: ""Mark of Zorro" to Show Tonite. Power Co-Starred With Darnell in Melodrama" (p. 1), "134 Return Today. Beet Workers Anxious to Go Back to Fields" (p. 1), "Nurses Leave for Tule Lake" (p. 1), "Handcraft Art Exhibition Held" (p. 5), "Movies Give Rec. Dept. Problems" (p. 6).
North Portland Evacuazette Vol. II No. 3 (August 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-21)
doc North Portland Evacuazette Vol. II No. 3 (August 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-120-21)
Selected article titles: "Evacuation Instructions. Regarding Train Discipline" (p. 1), "Concerning Gov. Supplies" (p. 1), "Departure Regulations" (p. 1), "Info. on New Homes. Wyoming" (p. 1), "Idaho" (p. 1), "Appeal to Workers" (p. 3), "Departure Forms" (p. 3), "An Editorial -- Task Ahead" (p. 4), "Articles May Be Sent Later" (p. 4), "Change of Address" (p. ...
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