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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Support from the non-Japanese American community (260)

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260 items
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Brother [Wendell L.] Miller, May 4, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-3)
doc Letter from Lester Suzuki to Brother [Wendell L.] Miller, May 4, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-3)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and describing early days there, including lack of regular work and schooling schedules and of appropriate food for children; scouts and boys' clubs being in development; religious services on Sundays attracting nearly 2000 people; and the need to wait for community facilities such as laundry and …
Letter from Jane Harino to Rev. Wendell [L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-7)
doc Letter from Jane Harino to Rev. Wendell [L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-7)
Personal letter states that she is going to Jerome, Arkansas rather than to Granada, a change that pleases her because "there's a certain someone in Jerome - We're both so very happy"; also mentions passes for Miller [and Mrs. Miller?] as well as for the Reverend and Mrs. Clay, and asks that Miller help her by …
Letter from T. Takahashi and Family to Rev. Wendell L. Miller, May 14, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-5)
doc Letter from T. Takahashi and Family to Rev. Wendell L. Miller, May 14, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-5)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center; thanks Miller for his "kind treatment and wonderful assistance in our evacuation" and mentions that his or her mother is now recovering with them after suffering from worry and tiredness. Takahashi states that their life was previously too materialistic, and that this is a "God-given opportunity ... …
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller, 1942 May 5 (ddr-csujad-20-18)
doc Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller, 1942 May 5 (ddr-csujad-20-18)
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller wishing her a speedy recovery and thanking her for letting Mr. Miller help them in many ways. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_18
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
Selected article titles: "Segregation: 1000 from Jerome, Rohwer Expected Over Weekend" (pp. 1-2), "Spanish Delegate to Visit Japanese Nationals Here" (p. 1), and "CA Contacting Other Centers to Obtain Japanese Movies" (p. 4).
Letter from Mrs. L. [Lester] Suzuki to Rev. [Wendell L.] and Mrs. [?] Miller, May 5, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-4)
doc Letter from Mrs. L. [Lester] Suzuki to Rev. [Wendell L.] and Mrs. [?] Miller, May 5, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-4)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center. Suzuki thanks Reverend Miller and Mrs. Miller for their kindness; mentions friends among the "dear Caucasian ministers such as you"; and discusses the importance of religious services, housing in a new barrack vs. in the stables, making furniture from scrap wood, an impending increase in number of …
Letter from George K. Sakai,  1942 May 4 (ddr-csujad-20-14)
doc Letter from George K. Sakai, 1942 May 4 (ddr-csujad-20-14)
Letter from George Sakai to United Methodist Church regarding address information for a mutual friend. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_13
Letter from Geo. Yoshioka to Rev. [Wendell] Miller, September 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-10)
doc Letter from Geo. Yoshioka to Rev. [Wendell] Miller, September 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-10)
Personal letter written en route to Granada, Colorado from the Temporary Assembly Center at Santa Anita, describing the train ride thus far, one day into their journey. Included are a description of the food, the terrain in Utah, where they have currently made a stop, and the train itself, a Pullman with two cars out of …
Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
doc Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing thanks to Miller and his congregation for the lunch that they provided on the day of their removal from Los Angeles, departing from the Japanese Methodist Church, May 1, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_07
Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
doc Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing gratitude for Miller's having allowed them to store goods at his church; also thanks Miller and Reverend Clay for the lunch prepared by church members, and describes church services for Issei and for Nisei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Postcard to brother Wendell Millermura [Wendell L. Miller], 1942 May 6 (ddr-csujad-20-2)
doc Postcard to brother Wendell Millermura [Wendell L. Miller], 1942 May 6 (ddr-csujad-20-2)
Backside of postcard with cartoon of U.S. plane bombing Tokyo and an angry Japanese citizen reacting, saying "Ho! You cannot do this to me! I am the son of heaven! What the hell?" Postcard is addressed to "My dear brother Wendell Millermura" and describes the writer as "a member of the Christian Church," asking Miller, "Where …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 10 (September 3, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 10 (September 3, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-35)
Selected article titles: "Inouye Career Hits Low Ebb" (p. 1), "Japan Finally Clears WW2 Debts" (p. 1), "Biennium Afterthoughts" (pp. 1, 3), and "Dr. Hubert Phillips, 91: Protested Evacuation in 1942" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
Selected article titles: "HUD Exempts Seattle Housing for Asian Elderly" (p.1), "Another 'Profile in Courage' Filed" (p.1-2), "Postwar Japanese American Marriages Still a Problem" (p.1), "Uwajimaya Schedules $1.5 Million Expansion" (p.3), "1977 JACL-Hayashi Law Awards Made" (p.4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2034 (March 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2034 (March 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-10)
Selected article titles: "United Way Help Sought for Asians in L.A." (p. 1), "Japan America Societies Form Nat'l Assn." (pp. 1, 3), "Only West Coast Public Official to Condemn Evacuation Proposal" (p. 3), and "Rohwer Revisited, Locals Wonder Why" (p. 8).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Veteran Wins Honorable Army Discharge After 36 Years" (p. 1), "'Day of Remembrance' in 1982: WW2 Aid of Quakers Recalled" (p. 1), "Redress Phase 3: JACL's Redress Ambassador Min" (p. 2), and "Trust Fund for Redress Seen as Breech of Faith" (p. 6).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 4 (August 16-September 5, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-16)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 123, No. 4 (August 16-September 5, 1996) (ddr-pc-68-16)
Selected article titles: "JACL National Convention, San Jose, Aug. 6-11, 1996: All Aboard" (p. 1), "English-Only Bill Passes House" (pp. 1-2), "Severity of Anti-Asian Violence Is Increasing, Report Says" (p. 4), and "Michigan to Recall Murphy Dissent Against Internment" (pp. 6, 9).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 23 (June 4, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 23 (June 4, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-23)
Selected article titles: "Top JACL Scholarship Raised to $400" (p.1-2), "JACL Interim Youth Council Set June 26-27 at Salt Lake City" (p.1, 4), "Senate Voting Rights Bill" (p.2), "State Supreme Court to Rule on Prop. 14" (p.3), "Amassador Grew Endorsed JACL during War Years, Aided Issei Naturalization Program as Eloquent Witness before Congress" (p.3), "Watsonville JACL …
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 20 (May 15, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-20)
ds Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 20 (May 15, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-20)
Selected article titles: "Fiction Can Be Damaging" (p.1), "Norman Thomas to Be Honored at 18th Biennial" (p.1), "442nd Veterans Join Nat'l JACL in May 30 Rites" (p.1), "Pension Rights for Evacuees on Ballot" (p.1), "Watering Down Rights Bill?" (p.2), "Sansei Urged to Keep Japanese Heritage" (p.3).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
Selected article titles: "Historic Senate Action to Gag Civil Rights Bill Depate Hailed" (p.1), "John Thomas, Baptist Minister Who Aided Evacuees, to Be Cited" (p.1-2), "Survey vs. Oral History" (p.1, 3), "Cal. High Court Rules to Keep Initiative 'On'" (p.3), "Moses Lake High Completes Its First Year Japanese Class on Regular Curriculum, Cited by National JACL" …
Letter to Clarence Thomas from Elmer Feathers (ddr-densho-383-517)
doc Letter to Clarence Thomas from Elmer Feathers (ddr-densho-383-517)
Letter of personal recommendation for George Tokuda from his friend Elmer Feathers, letter and envelope
Letter to ACLU Board from Sam Walker (ddr-densho-122-401)
doc Letter to ACLU Board from Sam Walker (ddr-densho-122-401)
Responding to critiques of ACLU actions during WWII internment
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mary
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mary "Kelly" Ziegler (ddr-densho-356-379)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mary "Kelly" Katherine Ziegler in which Kelly give her opinions on resettling and details about her life in Los Angeles. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
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