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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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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-43-253)
img Union Pacific Rail Road Company private road (ddr-csujad-43-253)
Photograph number SP-5213 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 showing connection to Henry Ford Avenue. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: ter_04_056_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 …
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: …
Notice from War Relocation Authority to Shoji Nagumo, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-902)
doc Notice from War Relocation Authority to Shoji Nagumo, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-902)
Confirmation card to acknowledge receipt of a departure, arrival, or change of address card from Shoji Nagumo. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0904
Letter from Mark S. Tsunokai to Mr. Shoji Nagumo, September 14, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-901)
doc Letter from Mark S. Tsunokai to Mr. Shoji Nagumo, September 14, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-901)
Correspondence from Mark S. Tsunokai to Shoji Nagumo regarding work for the Northern Pacific Railway Company. Covers availability of work for Nagumo, nature of the job, wages, and other details. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0903
[Newspaper clipping titled:] Japanese form a labor trust (ddr-csujad-55-2009)
doc [Newspaper clipping titled:] Japanese form a labor trust (ddr-csujad-55-2009)
Newspaper clipping published in an unknown newspaper regarding a labor trust formed by the United Industrial Company in order to supply industries with Japanese laborers. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2112
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
Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
av Oral history with Amy Uno Ishii (ddr-csujad-29-378)
An oral interview with Amy Uno Ishii, a Nisei woman. The interview was conducted for the Japanese American Oral History Project by California State University, Fullerton. Transcript is found in item: csufccop_jaoh_0936. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: 1342.1_T01
Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-12)
img Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-12)
These Issei men worked together on the railroads and in the coal mines in Wyoming.
Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-13)
img Wyoming baseball team (ddr-densho-113-13)
These Issei men worked together on the railroad in the coal mines in Wyoming.
Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
img Men working on a railroad (ddr-densho-353-43)
Captioned: "Snoqualmie Falls crew laying railroad tracks."
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