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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Tadashi Sakaida and George Naohara at Camp Rupert (ddr-csujad-38-13)
img Tadashi Sakaida and George Naohara at Camp Rupert (ddr-csujad-38-13)
Photographed are George Nobuo Naohara and Tadashi Sakaida posing in front of Civilian Conservation Corps mobile camps, Rupert, Idaho. It appears that Naohara is holding a bottle of sake. The caption reads: Tadashi Sakaida and George Naohara at Camp Rupert, Idaho, working for sugar beets. [In Japanese]. Title from caption. A photo from "George Naohara photo …
Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-65)
img Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-65)
Photographed is a Nisei man standing in a field probably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 17. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_17_004
Indefinite leave (ddr-csujad-38-554)
doc Indefinite leave (ddr-csujad-38-554)
Indefinite leave, issued by Acting Project Director for George Nobuo Naohara. It certifies his leave of indefinite duration from the Manzanar camp in California, and specifies his first destination as Brigham, Utah. Form 531, WRA-137a. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_13_006
George Naohara photo album (ddr-csujad-38-1)
img George Naohara photo album (ddr-csujad-38-1)
A photo album compiled by George Nobuo Naohara, a Kibei Nisei, who was incarcerated at Manzanar, Jerome, and Tule Lake incarceration camps during World War II. Included are photographs taken during/after World War II, depicting his farm labor experience in Idaho and Utah, incarceration in the Jerome incarceration camp, and Army language school training. See this …
Nisei man in suits (ddr-csujad-38-75)
img Nisei man in suits (ddr-csujad-38-75)
A photograph of a Nisei man in suits posing in a park. It is probably taken in Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 19. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_19_002
Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-55)
img Nisei man (ddr-csujad-38-55)
Photographed is a Nisei man standing near a stream probably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The handwritten note reads: This steam has been our bathtub. [In Japanese]. The same image without the note is found in item: csudh_nao_0055. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 16. See this object in the California State Universities …
George Naoara, boiling water (ddr-csujad-38-36)
img George Naoara, boiling water (ddr-csujad-38-36)
Photographed is George Nobuo Naohara holding a bucket. It is probably taken at Axel Johnson Ranch in Utah. The caption reads: I tried to get water in a bucket and boil it. [In Japanese]. The same image without the caption is found in item: csudh_nao_0033. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 10. See …
Nisei man crushing coals (ddr-csujad-38-48)
img Nisei man crushing coals (ddr-csujad-38-48)
Photographed is a Nisei man crushing coals. It is probably taken at Axel Johnson Ranch in Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 14. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_14_001
Frank Oshita (ddr-csujad-38-53)
img Frank Oshita (ddr-csujad-38-53)
A photo of Frank Oshita given to George Nobuo Naohara. It is probably taken in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. Autographed by Frank Oshita on October 15, 1942. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 14. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_14_006
Large farm field (ddr-csujad-38-16)
img Large farm field (ddr-csujad-38-16)
Photographed is a farm field, presumably at Camp Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The caption reads: It was a large farm field spreading far beyond the horizon. [In Japanese]. Title from caption. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 2. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_02_004
Letter from E. R. Fryer, Regional Director, War Relocation Authority, to George Naohara, July 15, 1942; Temporary travel permit and identification (ddr-csujad-38-550)
doc Letter from E. R. Fryer, Regional Director, War Relocation Authority, to George Naohara, July 15, 1942; Temporary travel permit and identification (ddr-csujad-38-550)
A letter from E. R. Fryer, Regional Director, War Relocation Authority, to George Nobuo Naohara incarcerated at the Manzanar camp in California. The letter permits his travel to engage in agricultural labor in Minidoka and Cassia County, Idaho. It includes general instructions. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_05_13_002
Tetsuo Larry Hashimoto (ddr-csujad-38-24)
img Tetsuo Larry Hashimoto (ddr-csujad-38-24)
Photographed is Tetsuo Larry Hashimoto standing in a horse ranch. It is probably taken at Axel Johnson Ranch, Utah. The caption reads: Mr. Larry Hashimoto. [In Japanese]. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 7. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_07_001
Nisei man in a sugar beet field (ddr-csujad-38-57)
img Nisei man in a sugar beet field (ddr-csujad-38-57)
A Nisei man standing in a sugar beet field probably in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 16. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_16_003
Letter from A. Clair Barret, Relocation Officer, War Relocation Authority to George Naohara, January 28, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-561)
doc Letter from A. Clair Barret, Relocation Officer, War Relocation Authority to George Naohara, January 28, 1944 (ddr-csujad-38-561)
A letter from A. Clair Barret, Relocation Officer, War Relocation Authority to George Nobuo Naohara, an incarceree at the Jerome camp in Arkansas. It warns that his re-induction in the Jerome camp has not been approved yet and he will forfeit his right to take indefinite leave. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Mr. Keny, Tadashi Sakaida, and George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-60)
img Mr. Keny, Tadashi Sakaida, and George Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-60)
Photographed are Kenneth Kenji Kuwahara, Tadashi Sakaida, and George Nobuo Naohara siting on the beds and holding a bottle of sake. It is taken inside a Civilian Conservation Corps mobile camp in Rupert, Idaho. The same image with a caption is found in item: csudh_nao_0028. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 16. See …
Geo Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-29)
img Geo Naohara (ddr-csujad-38-29)
Photographed is George Nobuo Naohara holding a basket filled with potatoes in front of Civilian Conservation Corps mobile camps, Rupert, Idaho. The caption reads: Geo Naohara. Title from caption. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 9. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_09_003
Mr. Jimmy Oda (ddr-csujad-38-31)
img Mr. Jimmy Oda (ddr-csujad-38-31)
Photographed is Jimmy Oda. It is probably taken in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The caption reads: Mr. Jimmy Oda [in Japanese]. Title from caption. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 9. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_09_005
Card from George Naohara to Mitsuko Naohara, 1942 (ddr-csujad-38-406)
doc Card from George Naohara to Mitsuko Naohara, 1942 (ddr-csujad-38-406)
Idaho card sets, "Beautiful Idaho: the gem state," mailed from George Nobuo Naohara while he was working in the U. S. Farm Labor Camp, Rupert, Idaho. The sets were sent to Mitzi Masukawa Naohara who was incarcerated at the Poston camp in Arizona. An item from: Mitzi Naohara scrapbook (csudh_nao_0400), page 32. See this object in …
George Naohara's handwritten annotation (ddr-csujad-38-3)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotation (ddr-csujad-38-3)
English translation of handwritten annotation from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 5: When I went to the Manzanar camp in California, late Hiromu Sasaki took me to Maryknoll School, which was a Japanese language school located on Alameda Blvd, Los Angeles, California. I remember I packed my birth certificate, clothes, and other necessities into my …
Nisei farm laborer driving a truck (ddr-csujad-38-73)
img Nisei farm laborer driving a truck (ddr-csujad-38-73)
Photographed is a Nisei man driving a truck. It is probably taken in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 18. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_18_006
Nisei farm workers (ddr-csujad-38-44)
img Nisei farm workers (ddr-csujad-38-44)
Photographed are probably George Nobuo Naohara, Mr. Sugi, Yoshio Oda, Kenneth Kenji Kuwahara, and Tadashi Sakaida in a farm field. It is presumably taken in Rupert, Idaho, or Utah. The same photo is found in item: nao_01_02_005. The caption reads: Five "Shina" men look anxious. Tired, tired. [In Japanese]. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" …
Nisei man resting on a chair (ddr-csujad-38-66)
img Nisei man resting on a chair (ddr-csujad-38-66)
Photographed is a Nisei man resting on a chair. It is taken on a day off from the farm labor work in Idaho or Utah. A photo from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 17. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: nao_01_17_005
Letter from Firman H. Brown, Deputy Project Director, to G. Raymond Booth, Relocation Officer, July 17, 1944 (ddr-csujad-42-95)
doc Letter from Firman H. Brown, Deputy Project Director, to G. Raymond Booth, Relocation Officer, July 17, 1944 (ddr-csujad-42-95)
A reference letter regarding Fumio Fred Takano, who is leaving the Gila River incarceration camp for Chicago, Illinois. It is written by Firman H. Brown, Deputy Project Director to G. Raymond Booth, Relocation Officer in Chicago, Illinois and also addresses Fumio's answers to the "loyalty questionnaire" questions 27 and 28. See this object in the California …
Letter from Hoyt A. Martin, Mfg. Supt., Gila River Project, War Relocation Authority, July 22, 1944 (ddr-csujad-42-99)
doc Letter from Hoyt A. Martin, Mfg. Supt., Gila River Project, War Relocation Authority, July 22, 1944 (ddr-csujad-42-99)
A reference letter regarding Fumio Fred Takano. It is written by Hoyt A. Martin, Manufacturing Superintendent, Gila River Project, War Relocation Authority. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_51_001
Photograph of furlough workers leaving for the beet fields of Montana and Idaho (ddr-csujad-47-9)
img Photograph of furlough workers leaving for the beet fields of Montana and Idaho (ddr-csujad-47-9)
Photograph of furlough workers leaving for the beet fields of Montana and Idaho, after lifting of the WDC prohibitions, many left by truck carrying their household goods with them. A sagebrush dominates the foreground of the photograph. In the distance, people are standing next to two buses, the camp entrance, administraiton buildings and the Sierra Nevada …
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