Stockton

Temporary Assembly Center

Location: Stockton, California

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Assembly center new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-4)
img Assembly center new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-4)
Original WRA caption: Stockton, California. Noon on a hot day at the Stockton Assembly center, which is a converted fairgrounds. This group of people on the race track are new arrivals who have been registered, inspected, medically examined, and are now on their way to their assigned places in the barracks.
View of Stockton Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-7)
img View of Stockton Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-7)
Original WRA caption: Stockton, California. Part of the Stockton Assembly center as seen at noon on a hot day. This center has been open to evacuees of Japanese ancestry for one week.
Woman and children outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-73)
img Woman and children outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-73)
Original WRA caption: Stockton, California. This family just arrived in the Stockton center this morning. The mother and the children wait at the door of the room in the barracks to which they have been assigned, while the father is at the baggage depot where the bedding and clothing are being unloaded and inspected for contraband.
Mother with infant arrives at Stockton (ddr-densho-151-251)
img Mother with infant arrives at Stockton (ddr-densho-151-251)
Original caption: Stockton, California. Young mother of Japanese ancestry arrives at Assembly center with 21 day old baby.
Mother and children outside of barracks (ddr-densho-151-258)
img Mother and children outside of barracks (ddr-densho-151-258)
Original caption: Stockton, California. This family of Japanese ancestry has just arrived in the center this morning. The mother and the children are waiting at the door of the room in the barracks to which they have been assigned. The father is at the baggage depot where their bedding and clothing are unloaded and inspected for ...
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 12 (July 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-12)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 12 (July 6, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-12)
Selected article titles: "Fourth of July Activities Enjoyed by Enthusiastic Crowd" (p. 1), "Some Men-u! Scouts to Cook" (p. 1), "Center Library: 1180 Visitors -- 3 days" (p. 3), "Mess #4 is Oldest Mess; Serves Most Appetizing Stew" (p. 3).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 2 (June 3, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-2)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 2 (June 3, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-2)
Selected article titles: "82 Seniors Graduate. Ellis and Nichols to Present Diplomas" (p. 1), "Daily Roll Call Not a Curfew" (p. 1), "Editorial: Blackout! Center Cooperates With City" (p. 1), "Center Store Hits $448.85 Peak" (p. 3).
Marian Shingu Sata Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-262-9)
vh Marian Shingu Sata Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-262-9)
Having chicken pox in Stockton 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.

Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 9 (June 27, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-9)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 9 (June 27, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-9)
Selected article titles: "Draft, 18-19" (p. 1), "Call for 100 Sugar Beet Workers; Signup Tuesday!!" (p. 1), "If It Itches; You've Got It!! So Go See Doc" (p. 2), "400 More Books for Center Library" (p. 4).
Stockon El Joaquin Final Edition (September 28, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-35)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Final Edition (September 28, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-35)
Selected article titles: "Schedule to Go!" (p. 3), "Amer. Trust May Return" (p. 3), "Hints on What to Take" (p. 3), "Gila Bound -- 173" (p. 3).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. III No. 9 (September 16, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-33)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. III No. 9 (September 16, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-33)
Selected article titles: "250 Volunteers. Initial Group Leaves for Rohwer" (p. 1), "Rope Shortage" (p. 1), "Center Shoe Store to Close Friday Last Day" (p. 1).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 10 (July 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-10)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. I No. 10 (July 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-10)
Selected article titles: "Center to Celebrate: All Day Extravaganza Set for Fourth of July!!" (p. 1), "13 Men Sign Up for Beet Work!" (p. 1), "169 Register; Selective Service Signup for 18-19" (p. 1), "Shaffer Announces Contests for Janitors, Mess Workers!" (p. 1), "Attractive Waitresses, Murals Decorate Mess #1" (p. 3).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. III No. 8 (September 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-32)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. III No. 8 (September 12, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-32)
Selected article titles: "Social Welfare Department Explains Delay" (p. 1), "'Address Letters or Else," Jacobs" (p. 1), "Advance Crew Go. 250 Volunteers to Start Hegira Mon. Dr. Sasaki, Staff Will Escort Group" (p. 1), "Notice! Baggage Inspection" (p. 1).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. II No. 12 (August 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-24)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. II No. 12 (August 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-24)
Selected article titles: "21 Elected for Panel! 70 Percent Registered Voters Cast Ballots; Blk. 1, Best Record" (p. 1), "'Elephant Boy' Coming" (p. 1), "Editorial: A Restrospection" (p. 4), "Hospital: 'Perfect Cooperation'" (p. 3).
Stockon El Joaquin Vol. II No. 1 (July 11, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-13)
doc Stockon El Joaquin Vol. II No. 1 (July 11, 1942) (ddr-densho-196-13)
Selected article titles: "Recent Salinas Center Transfers Like S.A.C." (p. 1), "Store Cuts Prices Reduction Effective Sun." (p. 1), "Old Age Benefits for Center-ites!" (p. 1), "Volunteers to Clean Grandstand on Sunday" (p. 1).
Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-257)
img Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-257)
Original caption: Stockton, California. These evacuees of Japanese ancestry are watching the arrival of buses bringing new groups of families to this assembly center.
Japanese Americans arriving to Stockton (ddr-densho-151-248)
img Japanese Americans arriving to Stockton (ddr-densho-151-248)
Original caption: Stockton, California. People of Japanese ancestry from the Lodi grape-producing district. Their identification numbers and family groups are checked by officials as they leave the buses. They are then directed to the place where their baggage is checked for contraband; medically examined, and assigned to their place in the barracks.
James Sakamoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-8)
vh James Sakamoto Interview Segment 8 (ddr-jamsj-2-1-8)
Memories of the Stockton Assembly Center, California

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-256)
img Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-256)
Original caption: Stockton, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry have been at this Assembly center for several days and are watching the arrival of buses bringing new groups of families. Later, all will be transferred to a War Relocation Authority center to spend the duration.
Young Japanese Americans gathering outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-253)
img Young Japanese Americans gathering outside barracks (ddr-densho-151-253)
Original caption: Stockton, California. Young persons of Japanese ancestry, second and third generation Americans. They have been in camp about a week, where there is little for them to do as yet. The sun is very hot. The oldest of these boys has been studying this morning. The book that he carries is a text on ...
View of Stockton Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-254)
img View of Stockton Assembly Center (ddr-densho-151-254)
Original caption: Stockton, California. Part of the Stockton Assembly center as seen at noon on a hot day. This center has been open to evacuees of Japanese ancestry for one week.
Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-255)
img Young Japanese Americans waiting for new arrivals (ddr-densho-151-255)
Original caption: Stockton, California. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry have been at this Assembly Center for several days and are watching the arrival of buses bringing new groups of families. Later, all will be transferred to War Relocation Authority centers to spend the duration.
Unloading baggage from truck (ddr-densho-151-458)
img Unloading baggage from truck (ddr-densho-151-458)
Original caption: Stockton, California. The first day at an assembly center. A new unit of the barracks is being opened today for the eight busloads of arrivals. This photo shows the luggage and bed-rolls which have come in by truck, deposited here for inspection for contraband. Evacuees then take their possessions to the barracks to which ...
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