Puyallup (Camp Harmony)

Temporary Assembly Center

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Japanese Americans walking between barracks (ddr-densho-36-40)
img Japanese Americans walking between barracks (ddr-densho-36-40)
The Puyallup Assembly Center, also known as "Camp Harmony," was on the racetrack of the Puyallup fairgrounds. The center was open from April 28, 1942, through September 23, 1942. Most camp inmates were from Seattle, Washington. This is a view of the barracks that housed them.
Group playing Monopoly (ddr-densho-36-38)
img Group playing Monopoly (ddr-densho-36-38)
Japanese Americans did their best to lead normal lives in the Puyallup Assembly Center. They cultivated gardens, engaged in different types of activities, and played games such as Monopoly.
Japanese Americans cooking (ddr-densho-36-34)
img Japanese Americans cooking (ddr-densho-36-34)
The assembly center was composed of blocks, each with its own kitchen and dining area.
Group playing Ping-Pong (ddr-densho-36-37)
img Group playing Ping-Pong (ddr-densho-36-37)
Japanese Americans made every effort to lead normal lives in the Puyallup Assembly Center. They cultivated gardens, engaged in different types of activities, and played games such as ping-pong.
Japanese American gardening (ddr-densho-36-35)
img Japanese American gardening (ddr-densho-36-35)
Japanese Americans tried hard to make life at the assembly center bearable. Here, a camp inmate tends to a garden.
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates about camp life.
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 9 (July 10, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-9)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 9 (July 10, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-9)
Selected article titles: "Students Still Await Relocation" (p. 1), "Camp Residents to Receive Gov't Provided Clothing Soon" (p. 1), "Our Paper Famine" (p. 3).
Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 2 (May 7, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-2)
doc Puyallup Camp Harmony News-Letter Vol. I No. 2 (May 7, 1942) (ddr-densho-194-2)
Selected article titles: "Area Grows..." (p. 3), "Women's Sanitation" (p. 3).
Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-1-4)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1002-1-4)
Participating in a research study as an observer and participant through the mass removal and assembly center process

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in ...

Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-1-5)
vh Frank Miyamoto Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1002-1-5)
Memories of mass removal

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on issues surrounding the ...

Katsumi Okamoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-24-10)
vh Katsumi Okamoto Interview Segment 10 (ddr-manz-1-24-10)
First impressions of Puyallup Assembly Center: "everything was disorganized"
Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-63-8)
vh Kenji J. Yaguchi Interview Segment 8 (ddr-one-7-63-8)
First impressions of the Puyallup Assembly Center

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.

Irene Yamauchi Tatsuta Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-158-8)
vh Irene Yamauchi Tatsuta Interview Segment 8 (ddr-manz-1-158-8)
First arriving at the Puyallup Assembly Center, being visited by elementary school principal
May K. Sasaki Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-79-15)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-79-15)
Feeling like a "caged animal" in Puyallup Assembly Center
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-172-17)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-172-17)
Memories of Puyallup Assembly Center as a child: having fun, selling newspapers
Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-74-5)
vh Sue Takimoto Okabe Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-74-5)
Puyallup Assembly Center, mother struggles to adjust, and teenagers learn the latest dances
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