Support from the non-Japanese American community

During mass removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans received outside support and assistance from religious organizations, civil rights groups, and other concerned individuals. The American Friends Service Committee was one of the most active groups to help the Japanese American community during World War II. Committee members donated educational materials to the camp schools and libraries and were influential in persuading the government to allow Nisei to leave the camps for colleges in the interior of the country. Ministers, peace activists and other supporters of the Japanese American community often visited the camps and spoke out publicly against the incarceration. Church groups across the country also organized clothing and food drives for the camp inmates.

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Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter in support of Keizaburo Koyama being reunited with his family in Twin Falls, Idaho. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-194)
doc Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter in support of Keizaburo Koyama being reunited with his family in Twin Falls, Idaho. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-194)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter signed by Mrs. C.C. and Charles C. Carpenter in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. They write that they have known the Koyamas since 1931 and were their neighbors for 5 - 6 years. To their understanding, there has been no charges filed against Keizaburo and …
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-5-49)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Camp Livingston from A.C. Goodenough (Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough) in Portland. Postmarked Mar 29, 1943. In place of postage “Internee of War mail/Free” is written in the upper right corner. Written on the left side of the postmark is “4/9-43” in red pencil. Along the left edge of the …
Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-188)
doc Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-188)
Photocopy of a declassified, notarized and handwritten letter from Thomas and Bertha Green in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. On the final page, they write that Keizaburo wrote a letter from camp to his wife saying how proud he was to have three American-born children. They also state that they have …
Sworn statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama. (ddr-one-5-199)
doc Sworn statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama. (ddr-one-5-199)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Koyama. They state that they have known Dr. Koyama for 13 years and consider him an intimate friend. They feel that he is "an honest, upright man, and sincerely believe him to be loyal and true to our country."
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 1 of 4. (ddr-one-5-112)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 1 of 4. (ddr-one-5-112)
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 first page of a four page letter. They are writing in response to a letter by Mrs. Alice Nichols of Seattle, …
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-43)
The envelope is addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at Minidoka. Postmarked Nov 12, 1942. In red pencil “Dec 14-42” is written on the left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope is a large white sticker that says "EXAMINED BY/U.S.A. 219." The letter is dated …
Petition on behalf of Keisaburo Koyama for his immediate release (ddr-one-5-92)
doc Petition on behalf of Keisaburo Koyama for his immediate release (ddr-one-5-92)
Photocopy of a declassified typed letter petitioning for the release of Dr. Kei Koyama, noting that "he is honest and upright, of good character and loyal to his county." The petition asks for leniency on his behalf and that he be released to his wife and three children.
Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough written at the request of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-193)
doc Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough written at the request of Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-193)
Photocopy of a declassified letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. In the letter, Mrs. Goodenough writes that Keizaburo Koyama requested that she gather letters and affidavits from the various schools he attended. She adds that she has known the Koyama family since 1928 and considers them like family. She continues to offer her support of Koyama stating …
Petition on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama signed by Charles Edwin and Dorothy Ellen Seely and notarized by Muriel R. Carl. (ddr-one-5-118)
doc Petition on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama signed by Charles Edwin and Dorothy Ellen Seely and notarized by Muriel R. Carl. (ddr-one-5-118)
Photocopy of a declassified typewritten petition by Charles Edwin and Dorothy Ellen Seely testifying to the loyal nature of Dr. Kei Koyama. It was notarized by Muriel R. Carl on January 24, 1942 in the County of Multnomah, Store of Oregon. The petition states that Dr. Koyama is a "very loyal, true friend" and that the …
Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-187)
doc Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-187)
Photocopy of a declassified, notarized and handwritten letter from Thomas and Bertha Green in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. On the second page, the Greens give testimony to Keizaburo's character as being very appreciative of any kindness shown to him or his family and that he is honest with any dealings …
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-23)
One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message on the back of the postcard …
Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-13)
Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizabruo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 15, 1942. Dated May 14, 1942. On the back Teru writes Kei asking if he needs more clothes, and that she had stored their belongs with Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. She describes the food at …
Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 1 of 3. (ddr-one-5-186)
doc Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 1 of 3. (ddr-one-5-186)
Photocopy of a declassified, notarized and handwritten letter from Thomas and Bertha Green in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. In the first page, they detail how they met the Koyama family with they were living with the Goodenoughs. The next year, the Koyamas attended the wedding anniversary for the Greens and …
Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-219)
doc Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 1 of 2. (ddr-one-5-219)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. She is petitioning for a rehearing for Dr. Keizaburo Koyama. She writes about how long she has known him and his family, how Americanized they are, and how loyal Dr. Koyama is to the United States. She …
Notarized statement for Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in the County of Multnomah, State of Oregon. (ddr-one-5-152)
doc Notarized statement for Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in the County of Multnomah, State of Oregon. (ddr-one-5-152)
Photocopy of a declassified notarized statement from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in Multnomah County, Oregon.
Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-198)
doc Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-198)
Photocopy of a declassified seven point sworn statement from Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. The Notary Public for the form was for Hunt, Idaho, but was crossed out to reference Portland, Oregon. Mrs. Goodenough writes about a Japanese organization that Dr. Koyama belong to, though she cannot remember the name. She adds that …
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 4 of 4. (ddr-one-5-115)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 4 of 4. (ddr-one-5-115)
Photocopy of a declassified petition to Attorney General of the United States Francis Biddle on behalf of Dr. Koyama included in a letter to Dr. William G. Everson. The letter was undersigned by American citizens and friends of Dr. Koyama and attesting to their belief that he is a loyal individual and would bring no harm …
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-5-25)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama in Camp Livingston from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough in Portland. Postmarked Aug 31, 1942. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope was a newspaper clipping about Boy Scout Troop at the Portland Assembly Center. William Koyama's name …
Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-197)
doc Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-197)
Photocopy of a declassified seven point sworn statement from Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. On this page, Mrs. Goodenough writes about Dr. Koyama's reputation, stating that it is "above reproach." She contacted several schools and individuals that had dealings with Dr. Koyama and all "expressed their confidence in him." As to his loyalty …
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
Original WRA caption: Santa's Helpers - Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian church office.
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