Work leave

During World War II, Japanese Americans were seen as a source of replacement labor for the farms in Utah, Idaho, and Montana. Starting in May 1942, camp inmates could obtain temporary leaves to work in agriculture, either returning to the camps every night or living on the farm for an extended period. In 1942 alone, some 10,000 Japanese Americans left the camps to perform this seasonal work. Their labor was vital to the agriculture industry and thus to the war effort.

Work leave (75)

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Family travel permit (ddr-densho-25-111)
doc Family travel permit (ddr-densho-25-111)
From 1943 until 1945, the Iseri family resided in Ontario, Oregon, as part of the War Relocation Authority's Seasonal Work Leave Program. In early 1945 they applied to move to Hunt, Idaho, and received this telegram granting permission.
Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama and Miriam Koyama (ddr-one-5-37)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, and daughter, Miriam Kiyo Koyama. Postmarked October 6, 1942. To the left of the postmark “Oct 11, 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp from Camp Livingston. Inside the envelope are ...
Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-376-6)
vh Jack Y. Kunitomi Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-376-6)
Leaving camp temporarily to work as contract laborers

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Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-289-19)
vh Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-289-19)
Leaving camp temporarily to work on a farm

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Memorandum from the WRA to persons on seasonal leave (ddr-densho-25-36)
doc Memorandum from the WRA to persons on seasonal leave (ddr-densho-25-36)
The Iseris had originally been held at Tule Lake concentration camp before it became a segregation camp. At the time of the conversion, they were living in Weiser, Idaho, under the seasonal work leave program. This letter, which was sent to the Iseris in Idaho, explained the circumstances surrounding the conversion of Tule Lake.
Seasonal work leave program letter (ddr-densho-25-33)
doc Seasonal work leave program letter (ddr-densho-25-33)
As part of the seasonal work leave program, Matahichi Iseri and his family worked as farm laborers in Weiser, Idaho, from 1943 until 1945. They later applied for extensions, and this letter from a relocation officer was sent to Matahichi Iseri along with the family's extensions of leave.
Toshikazu
vh Toshikazu "Tosh" Okamoto II Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-248-5)
Transferring to Heart Mountain, then leaving camp to work at a sawmill
George Hanada Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-7)
vh George Hanada Interview Segment 7 (ddr-jamsj-2-5-7)
A hostile situation while on work leave: getting shot at

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.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-123-16)
Participating in the agricultural work leave program: "Even though it's rough work, lousy living conditions, poor food, it was worth getting out of camp to be free"

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

Letter regarding travel permit (ddr-densho-25-108)
doc Letter regarding travel permit (ddr-densho-25-108)
In 1945, Matahichi Iseri applied for a travel permit to visit friends at the Minidoka concentration camp in Idaho. His permit was denied, since his reason for wanting to visit did not fit into any of the permit categories.
Seasonal Work Leave permit for an Issei (ddr-densho-25-40)
doc Seasonal Work Leave permit for an Issei (ddr-densho-25-40)
Matahichi Iseri and his family participated in the Seasonal Work Leave Program, and were thus issued permits to become temporary laborers on a farm in Weiser, Idaho. This memo to Matahichi Iseri from the Tule Lake Leave Office detailed instructions for Matahichi's departure from Tule Lake to Weiser.
Alien permit for seasonal work leave (ddr-densho-25-18)
doc Alien permit for seasonal work leave (ddr-densho-25-18)
In 1943, the Iseri family lived in Weiser, Idaho, under the seasonal work leave program. This program enabled Japanese Americans to apply for permits to live and work on nearby farms. Kisa Iseri, an Issei, had to apply for a special permit in order to join the rest of her family in Idaho. A list of ...
Sugar beet crew (ddr-densho-37-46)
img Sugar beet crew (ddr-densho-37-46)
Original WRA caption: All girl crew of sugar beet toppers working for Berlin Fought near Burley, Idaho. The girls cooked their own meals.
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