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Fort Missoula

Department of Justice Internment Camp

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George Iseri Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-40-19)
vh George Iseri Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-40-19)
Father's internment at Fort Missoula

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Tom Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-47-23)
vh Tom Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-47-23)
Life in the Justice Department internment camp at Fort Missoula, Montana
Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
Reading letters to father while he was in a Department of Justice camp
Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
doc Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
Matahichi Iseri had been imprisoned in Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for "enemy aliens," since shortly after December 7, 1941. He sometimes wrote letters in his native Japanese, which were read and censored by interpreters and officials from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
doc Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
While he was at Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for enemy aliens, Matahichi Iseri wrote to his wife and children, who were still awaiting a relocation assignment from the WRA.
Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
doc Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
Matahichi Iseri was arrested as an "enemy alien." Those arrested were required to appear before an alien enemy hearing board.
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written to Dr. William G. Everson, President of Linnfield College in McMinneville, Oregon and Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. This is the second page of a four-letter. The letter continues, stating that early on in their relationship with the Koyamas, Mrs. Koyama confessed ...
Department of Justice memo from the United States Attorney Director of Oregon Carl C. Donaugh on the Matter of the Detention of Keizaburo Koyama, a Japanese alien (ddr-one-5-116)
doc Department of Justice memo from the United States Attorney Director of Oregon Carl C. Donaugh on the Matter of the Detention of Keizaburo Koyama, a Japanese alien (ddr-one-5-116)
Photocopy of a declassified memorandum from Carl C. Donaugh, United States Attorney from the District of Oregon to the Attorney General in Washington, D.C., on the detention of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama. The filled out form letter notes that the FBI took Dr. Koyama into custody on December 10, 1941 in Portland, Oregon and that he is ...
Department of Justice Alien Enemy Hearing Board Report and Recommendation page 2 of 4 (ddr-one-5-154)
doc Department of Justice Alien Enemy Hearing Board Report and Recommendation page 2 of 4 (ddr-one-5-154)
Photocopy of a declassified report detailing the reasoning behind the recommendation that Dr. Keizaburo Koyama be interned as an alien enemy. The second page presents as evidence his involvement with the Sokoku Kai [Fatherland Society]. The FBI felt that this lead to a "sense of loyalty and subservience to the Imperial Government of Japan." The FBI ...
Typed and notarized letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 13. (ddr-one-5-229)
doc Typed and notarized letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 13. (ddr-one-5-229)
Photocopy of a typed letter from Teru Koyama to Edward J. Ennis concerning the rehearing of Keizaburo Koyama's case. On the second page, Teru writes about how long she thought about writing this letter and only did so after receiving encouragement and permission to do so from Washington, D.C. She addresses the two reasons why her ...
Envelope and three letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and three letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Koyama family (ddr-one-5-1)
White envelope addressed to Mr. Kei Koyama in Missoula, Montana, from the Koyama family in Portland. The envelope is postmarked December 31, 1941. A purple "CENSORED" stamp is on the front of the envelope. Inside the envelope are three letters from Kei's daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama; his son, William Koyama; and his wife, Teru Koyama. Miriam ...
Federal Bureau of Investigation Case file for Keizaburo Koyama. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-170)
doc Federal Bureau of Investigation Case file for Keizaburo Koyama. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-170)
Photocopy of a declassified file on Keizaburo Koyama by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This page goes into greater detail the reasoning for interning Koyama. The FBI has labeled the Fatherland Society as "one of the most aggressive and active of the Japanese nationalist organizations...It's members are selected by reason of their intense loyalty and belief ...
Department of Justice Alien Enemy Hearing Board Report and Recommendation page 3 of 4 (ddr-one-5-155)
doc Department of Justice Alien Enemy Hearing Board Report and Recommendation page 3 of 4 (ddr-one-5-155)
Photocopy of a declassified report detailing the reasoning behind the recommendation that Dr. Keizaburo Koyama be interned as an alien enemy. This page continues with the assessment of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber felt it was under FBI investigation in 1940 and someone there suggested they conduct their meetings in secret. The report states ...
Court order on the internment of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-163)
doc Court order on the internment of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-163)
Photocopy of a declassified court order stating that Keizaburo Koyama, having been found to be an enemy alien, be interned immediately.
Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope, card, and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Miriam Kiyo Koyama (ddr-one-5-9)
Envelope addressed to Dr. K. Koyama at Fort Missoula from his daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama, in Portland. Postmarked March 7, 1942. In the lower left corner is a purple "EXAMINED" stamp with a cursive D written above in red pencil. On the back the envelope is sealed with a red victory sticker. Inside the envelope is ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-3)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Missoula from an unknown sender (possibly the Andrew and Eva Goodenoughs). Postmarked January 19, 1942. Purple "CENSORED" stamp on the lower left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope “Goodenough” is written in pencil. Letter dated Jan 18, 1942, with a return address in Portland from ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-7)
Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula with two postmarks from Portland; dated February 6, 1942. Handwritten is “Air Mail/SPECIAL DEL.” on the left side of the envelope; in red pencil “Feb 13” is written below. There are two purple stamps in the lower left corner: one is a "Fee" stamp from the ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-8)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. Postmarked Feb 15, 1942. In the lower left corner is an "EXAMINED" stamp. Inside is a letter folded like a card with an "EXAMINED" stamp over the crease; dated February 15, 1942. The letter encourages Kei to ...
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-6)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missoula from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Portland. The address on the front of the postcard is typed. Postmarked Feb 4, 1942. Censored stamp on the front, with an unknown signature in red pencil. Typed message on the back updates Kei about the children, her health, ...
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