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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Alien's short-term leave approval (ddr-densho-355-200)
doc Alien's short-term leave approval (ddr-densho-355-200)
For Gentaro Takahashi to go to Denver, Salt Lake City, Pocatello and Ogden on a buying trip for co-op.
Sugar beet crew (ddr-densho-60-1)
img Sugar beet crew (ddr-densho-60-1)
Sugar beet crew at the Barlow Ranch in Vale, Oregon. Rick Sato is on far right, wearing leather jacket.
Permit to extend seasonal work leave (ddr-densho-25-17)
doc Permit to extend seasonal work leave (ddr-densho-25-17)
From 1943 until 1945, the Iseri family lived in Weiser, Idaho, under the seasonal work leave program established by the WRA. Under this program, Japanese Americans could apply for permits to live and work on nearby farms. When Akio (Oscar) Iseri's permit expired, he applied for an extension.
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.
Memorandum regarding travel permits (ddr-densho-25-109)
doc Memorandum regarding travel permits (ddr-densho-25-109)
An Japanese American who applied for a travel permit received a memorandum entailing the requirements for obtaining such a permit. After applying, a week often elapsed before permission was granted.
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.
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 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.
Memorandum regarding changes in the seasonal work leave program (ddr-densho-25-86)
doc Memorandum regarding changes in the seasonal work leave program (ddr-densho-25-86)
This memorandum to Japanese Americans on seasonal leave informed them of changes in the program. The Iseri family had been permitted to move to Weiser, Idaho, under the leave program and received this memorandum in August 1943.
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 …
Alien's leave permit (ddr-densho-25-34)
doc Alien's leave permit (ddr-densho-25-34)
In April 1943, Matahichi Iseri and his family were granted permits to leave the Tule Lake concentration camp to go to Weiser, Idaho, as part of the seasonal work leave program. Because he was an Issei, Matahichi Iseri had to apply for a special permit.
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.
Posted work leave notice (ddr-densho-93-19)
img Posted work leave notice (ddr-densho-93-19)
Original Ansel Adams caption: Detail of work-offer board, Manzanar Relocation Center, California / photograph by Ansel Adams.
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