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.

World War II (13)
Leaving camp (74)
Work leave (74)
Temporary agricultural work leave (27)
Permanent agricultural work leave (43)

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Mits Koshiyama Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-6-4)
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Thoughts on Japanese Americans working outside the Heart Mountain concentration camp as farm laborers
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 ...
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.
Bruce T. Kaji Interview I Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-289-19)
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Leaving camp temporarily to work on a farm

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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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Kiyo Maruyama Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1003-1-22)
vh Kiyo Maruyama Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1003-1-22)
Leaving camp temporarily to work on a sugar beet farm

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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from William Koyama (ddr-one-5-64)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Santa Fe Detention Center from his son, William Koyama, at Minidoka. Envelope is postmarked August 3, 1943. In red pencil "8/10-43" is written above the receiver's information. The letter from William Koyama is yellowed and water-damaged. At the bottom of the letter is an "EXAMINED" stamp with ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-154-13)
vh Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-154-13)
Jobs in Manzanar: working in the freight office, then leaving camp to top sugar beets in Montana
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vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-123-15)
Enduring harsh living conditions and discrimination while working outside of camp topping sugar beets

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

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