Railroads

When the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act ended the immigration of workers from China, railroad companies turned to the Japanese to fill the void. Labor contracting companies such as Furuya and Tobo recruited workers for the Northern Pacific and Great Northern railways. Issei (Japanese immigrant) men were primarily manual laborers, working ten-hour days laying tracks.

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Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 25 (June 18, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-25)
Selected article titles: "History Project: Issei Railroaders in the Rockies" (p.1), "Tanno Laborers May Be Sent Home in Two Weeks: Wirtz" (p.1), "JACL Youth Survey among Chapters On" (p.1), "Supreme Court Decisions" (p.2), "Accent on Youth" (p.2), "Low Voter Registration in Hawaii May Bring in U.S. Registrars" (p.3).
Clipping titled Exposed: America's World War II concentration camps (ddr-csujad-24-124)
doc Clipping titled Exposed: America's World War II concentration camps (ddr-csujad-24-124)
An article published in Mount Holyoke Alumnae quarterly, Fall 1997. A profile of Michi Wegyln that details her writing of the book "Years of Infamy" as well as her efforts to try to get redress for Japanese American railroad workers who were fired during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Railroad bridges (ddr-csujad-25-12)
img Railroad bridges (ddr-csujad-25-12)
A page from an album containing Japanese family photographs. Four photographs are pasted on the page. The photographs appear to be taken in Spokane Washington in the early 1900s. Include photographs of Monrore Street Bridge, Latah Bridge, and Spokane Riverfront Park. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: jia_07_01_012
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, September 5, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-78)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which she writes about doing research for the Yoshida railroad workers case. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_004
Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin, August 27, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-75)
A letter from Michi Weglyn to Frank Chin in which Weglyn writes about the death of her husband Walter and thanks Chin for his support. Weglyn also writes about her support for railroad and mine workers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: chi_06_001
Letter from Ida Otani to Michi Weglyn, April 26, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-135)
doc Letter from Ida Otani to Michi Weglyn, April 26, 1997 (ddr-csujad-24-135)
A letter from Ida Otani to Michi Weglyn about the firing of Japanese American railroad workers during World War II. Otani describes the hardships her family went through after her father was fired by Western Pacific Railroad and the family was forced to vacate their home because it was on railroad property. See this object in …
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-248)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-248)
Photograph number SP-5205 of a private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R. R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5204. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-246)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-246)
Photograph number SP-5198 of a private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R.R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5197. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_04_041_001
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-252)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-252)
Photograph number SP-5210 of a private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R. R. Co.[Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5209. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_04_053_001
Union Pacific Railroad Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-251)
img Union Pacific Railroad Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-251)
Photograph number SP-5208 of a private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R. R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5207. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-250)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-250)
Photograph number SP-5207 of a private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R. R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5206. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-247)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-247)
Photograph number SP-5199 of private road. Note on the back side reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R.R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5198. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_04_042_001
Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-249)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-249)
Photograph number SP-5206 of a private road. Note on the back side of photograph reads: Private Road of the Union Pacific R. R. Co. [Railroad Company], immediately adjacent the southerly side of Cerritos Channel looking westerly. In foreground showing portion of background of photograph SP-5205. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
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