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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Railroad car on a parade float (ddr-densho-255-116)
img Railroad car on a parade float (ddr-densho-255-116)
A railroad car on a parade float. The side of the car says "Jupiter." On reverse: "Post Card."
Queen Anne and Seattle Railway yard (ddr-densho-26-226)
img Queen Anne and Seattle Railway yard (ddr-densho-26-226)
Written on back "West Q. Anne and Kinnear Park and Wheeler Bridge City Dry dumping site and G. N. Ry. Yard from my houee [sic], Looking East. July - 24 1948"
C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
doc C. W. McCabe's letter of recommendation for Harry Matsuoka (ddr-densho-390-32)
A letter written by C. W. McCabe, manager at the Southern Pacific Company, recommending Tomio Ogata [Harry Matsuoka] as an employee.
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."
George Sunada Timeline 1919-1947 (ddr-densho-415-3)
doc George Sunada Timeline 1919-1947 (ddr-densho-415-3)
Short biographical timeline of George Sunada's life from his birth in 1919 till 1947. Primarily focused on his work at Green River railroad yards in Wyoming.
Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-415-6)
doc Newspaper clipping (ddr-densho-415-6)
Photocopy of a newspaper clipping from the Rock Springs Rocket on the mass firing of Japanese Nationals from the railroad industry.
Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
doc Redress appeal (ddr-densho-415-7)
Copy of George Sunada's appeal for redress eligibility. Documents how his and his family's constitutional rights were violated by the federal government.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 38 (September 21, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-86)
Selected article titles: "Homes Available for 500 in S.F." (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad in Need of Many Laborers" (p. 2), and "May Register Monday for Next Tri-State Semester" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 3 (January 18, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-113)
Selected article titles: "Holland: Relocation Plans for All Free People Made" (p. 1), "Clarify Rules Regarding Alien Registration" (p. 1), "Southern Pacific Railroad Looking for More Workers" (p. 2), and "Student Relocation Council Services Offered Students" (p. 4).
The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
doc The Newell Star, Sepecial Edition (December 4, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-104)
Special publication including article titles "Director Dillon S. Myer: Personal Visit Completed; Tuleans Are Complimented," "Old Friends Reunited," "Relocation Opportunity: Southern Pacific Company Bids for Tule Workers," and "Last Two Weeks."
The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. III, No. 5 (February 1, 1946) (ddr-densho-284-116)
Selected article titles: "Closing Dates for Blocks 35, 36 Are Given" (pp. 1-2), "For Those Who May Be Released: Tentative Planning in Full Swing This Week" (pp. 1-2), "WRA Disposes of Granada Center" (p. 1), and "Recruiters Still Here: Southern Pacific Offers Work on If and When Basis" (p. 2).
[Newspaper clipping titled:] My family's wartime experience (ddr-csujad-55-2008)
doc [Newspaper clipping titled:] My family's wartime experience (ddr-csujad-55-2008)
Commentary published in "Nichi Bei times" regarding Otani's reflections on her experience during World War II and her father's experience being fired from his job as a railroad worker. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2111
[Newspaper clipping titled:] Loomis votes to support railroad mining workers (ddr-csujad-55-2006)
doc [Newspaper clipping titled:] Loomis votes to support railroad mining workers (ddr-csujad-55-2006)
Newspaper clipping published in "Rafu shimpo" [Rafu shinpo] regarding a resolution passed by the Loomis Town Council to extend coverage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 to cover railroad and mining workers who were previously denied restitution. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2109
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
[Newspaper clipping titled:] Loomis supports redress for fired railroad workers (ddr-csujad-55-2007)
doc [Newspaper clipping titled:] Loomis supports redress for fired railroad workers (ddr-csujad-55-2007)
Newspaper clipping published in "Nichi Bei times" regarding a resolution passed by the Loomis town council to extend coverage of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 to cover railroad and mining workers who were previously denied restitution. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2110
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
Northern Pacific Railway Company offer of employment (ddr-csujad-55-899)
doc Northern Pacific Railway Company offer of employment (ddr-csujad-55-899)
Offer of employment from the Northern Pacific Railway Company for Shoji Nagumo as a gang track laborer. Covers wages, housing, transportation, and other benefits. Includes Japanese handwritten notes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0901
[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
Resolution (Loomis, California), no. 97 (ddr-csujad-55-2005)
doc Resolution (Loomis, California), no. 97 (ddr-csujad-55-2005)
Resolution passed by the Town of Loomis and signed by Mayor Gary Gade regarding support for extension of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 to cover Japanese American railroad and mining workers who were previously denied restitution. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2108
Letter from Crickett Strock, Town Clerk, Town of Loomis, to Ida Otani, August 21, 1997 (ddr-csujad-55-2004)
doc Letter from Crickett Strock, Town Clerk, Town of Loomis, to Ida Otani, August 21, 1997 (ddr-csujad-55-2004)
Correspondence from Crickett Strock to Ida Otani regarding a resolution by the Loomis Town Council to extend the Civil Liberties Act of 1988. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2107
Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
vh Fred Shiosaki Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-190-4)
Growing up in a Japanese labor community in Hillyard

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Mara Mihara Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-194-1)
vh Mara Mihara Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-194-1)
Father's work as a redcap for a railroad company

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
vh Mitsuko Hashiguchi Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-12-2)
Father's arrival in the United States, working on the railroad
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