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.

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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.
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

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.

Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1212)
doc Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1212)
Phil writes to his wife, Alice Okano, concerning life in the Amanche Concentration Camp including activities at the high school and social gatherings. He also mentions an upcoming trip to Denver and trying to convince other families to leave the camp.
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 ...
Nurse Matilde Honda attending a patient at Colorado Central Hospital, Denver, Colorado (ddr-csujad-14-29)
img Nurse Matilde Honda attending a patient at Colorado Central Hospital, Denver, Colorado (ddr-csujad-14-29)
Nurse Matilde Honda attending a patient at Colorado Central Hospital, Denver, Colorado. She was formerly employed in public health nursing by Los Angeles Health Department. April 6, 1943. Photo by Francis Stewart. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_TOMO_029
Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1211)
doc Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1211)
Phil Okano writes to his wife, Alice Okano, concerning his travel from Caldwell, Idaho to Colorado .
Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1216)
doc Letter from Phil Okano to Alice Okano (ddr-densho-359-1216)
Phil talks about his work at the laundry and how he believes he is improving. At this point Phil thinks he will stay in Denver another week.
An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
av An Oral History with Seiko Ishida (ddr-csujad-29-11)
Retired Kibei teacher recounts samurai parents' background and their immigration to Seattle, Washington; socioeconomic composition of Seattle's Japanese community; earlier teacher training; prewar stays in Japan as a child and as a tutor in a missionary family; experiences as a teacher in the wartime resettlement in New York; and postwar return to Los Angeles. This oral ...
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.
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.

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
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