Student leave

In 1942, a small number of Japanese Americans began to exit the camps through a student relocation program. The early student resettlement to colleges in Midwestern and eastern states was organized by a coalition of church leaders and educators led by the American Friends Service Committee. The coalition persuaded colleges and universities in the country's interior to accept Japanese American students. It also helped the Nisei obtain security clearance to leave camp (a complicated process) and find housing. Tuition costs were borne by the students and their families. Although many parents gave up what savings they had, nearly all the students still worked round the clock to support themselves and their studies. By the end of the war, 4,000 Nisei students had entered approximately 600 colleges.

Student leave (34)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Thomas Bodine, John Nason, National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Robert O'Brien

34 items
Letter to a camp inmate regarding application for leave clearance (ddr-densho-103-4)
doc Letter to a camp inmate regarding application for leave clearance (ddr-densho-103-4)
This letter is from the National Student Relocation Council to camp inmate Ruby Inouye. It is in regards to her application for indefinite educational leave clearance.
How to Help Japanese American Student Relocation (ddr-densho-156-190)
doc How to Help Japanese American Student Relocation (ddr-densho-156-190)
Publication of the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council.
Sam H. Ono Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1003-2-18)
vh Sam H. Ono Interview Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1003-2-18)
Leaving camp to attend college

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.

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-42-10)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-42-10)
Student relocation experiences during World War II

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

Letter regarding an identification card for a camp inmate on leave (ddr-densho-103-7)
doc Letter regarding an identification card for a camp inmate on leave (ddr-densho-103-7)
Letter from Assistant Postmaster to Harry Stafford, Minidoka concentration camp Project Director, regarding identification card for Ruby Inouye, who had applied for indefinite student leave clearance.
Louise Kashino Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-31-18)
vh Louise Kashino Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-31-18)
Mother's influence on decision to leave camp to attend college in Chicago

For the first hour of this interview, an additional camera crew from KCTS Television was also present.

Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-309-19)
vh Toshi Nagamori Ito Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-309-19)
Leaving camp to attend college

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.

Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-289-20)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-289-20)
Leaving camp and attending college

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.

Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-77-8)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-77-8)
Finding housing in Utah and attending university

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-84-29)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 29 (ddr-densho-1000-84-29)
Working for the student relocation program

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-143-25)
vh Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-143-25)
National Student Relocation Council's help in obtaining leave clearance to attend the University of Texas
Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-370-16)
vh Esther Takei Nishio Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-370-16)
Leaving camp to attend school in Colorado

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.

Letter regarding a camp inmate's request for leave clearance (ddr-densho-103-5)
doc Letter regarding a camp inmate's request for leave clearance (ddr-densho-103-5)
This letter is from the National Student Relocation Council to the War Relocation Authority. The letter is in regards to camp inmate Ruby Inouye's request for indefinite educational leave.
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-41-22)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-41-22)
Student relocation to the Midwest: problems with sponsoring family
Kazie Good Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-429-10)
vh Kazie Good Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-429-10)
Brother faces discrimination and racism when he leaves camp to attend school
Letter from the War Relocation Authority regarding a camp inmate's leave permit (ddr-densho-103-6)
doc Letter from the War Relocation Authority regarding a camp inmate's leave permit (ddr-densho-103-6)
This letter from the War Relocation Authority authorizes the indefinite education leave clearance for camp inmate Ruby Inouye.
Letter from the National Student Relocation Council (ddr-densho-103-1)
doc Letter from the National Student Relocation Council (ddr-densho-103-1)
Letter to a Japanese American woman from the National Student Relocation Council informing her that her educational leave had been granted and that she would be permitted to leave Minidoka concentration camp for Texas.
Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
vh Yoshio Matsumoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1014-1-11)
Part of a select group of students who were allowed to leave assembly centers to attend school
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