Preparation

On March 2, 1942, Public Proclamation No. 1 began to appear on telephone poles and buildings. This was the first official notice Japanese Americans had of their immediate removal from the West Coast. The notices stated that they had six or seven days to prepare, and were to take only what they could carry. They were not told where they would be taken. People rushed to sell or store, in one week, property and belongings acquired over a lifetime. Some families tucked their valuables away in their attic or basement and locked the door, hoping to return soon.

World War II (215)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (240)
Preparation (323)

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Fronts of two businesses owned by Japanese Americans forced to close after issuance of Executive Order 9066 (ddr-csujad-7-3)
img Fronts of two businesses owned by Japanese Americans forced to close after issuance of Executive Order 9066 (ddr-csujad-7-3)
Fronts of two businesses owned by Japanese Americans forced to close after issuance of Executive Order 9066. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f03
Signs announcing
img Signs announcing "evacuation" sale (ddr-csujad-7-4)
Signs announcing "evacuation" sale. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: HMLSC_JA_f04
Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-164)
img Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-34-164)
Surrounded by U.S. army soldiers, Nisei men register their families during the exclusion from Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-36-49)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-36-49)
These Japanese are being processed in preparation for exclusion from Seattle, Washington. The processing took place at a civil control station located at 2100 2nd Avenue. Original Seattle Post Intelligencer caption: "Waiting their turn--Members of Seattle's Japanese community in the course of being processed at the civil control station at 2100 2nd Ave. in preparation for …
Nihonmachi during mass removal (ddr-densho-36-12)
img Nihonmachi during mass removal (ddr-densho-36-12)
This is a window front in Seattle's Nihonmachi during the mass removal. Once the incarceration became inevitable, "evacuation" sales were commonplace. Japanese Americans, unsure of the future and knowing they could take into the camps only what they could carry, were forced to sell their real and personal property in one week. Many buyers, knowing the …
Mass removal processing center (ddr-densho-36-13)
img Mass removal processing center (ddr-densho-36-13)
Original caption from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Novel audience--Scene in the old theater at 1319 Rainier Ave. which has been converted into a civil control station for evacuation of Japanese from Seattle this week. The Japanese passed from table to table and when the "show" was over they were ready for their trip to the assembly center …
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-30)
img JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-30)
The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
img JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-29)
The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
Packing items for the mass removal (ddr-densho-36-50)
img Packing items for the mass removal (ddr-densho-36-50)
This mother and daughter pack their belongings in preparation for mass removal.
Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-37-444)
img Closed Japanese American store (ddr-densho-37-444)
Original WRA caption: Los Angeles, California. Mr. and Mrs. K. Tseri closed their drugstore in preparation for the forthcoming evacuation from their "Little Tokyo" in Los Angeles.
Document from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-41)
doc Document from scrapbook page (ddr-densho-72-41)
Document titled "Pertinent Facts About Relocation Centers and Americans of Japanese Ancestry," from page of scrabook titled "Scrapbook: 1943-45."
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 3 February 20, 1942- March 31, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-3)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 3 February 20, 1942- March 31, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-3)
Volume 3 divides into 4 sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Section 1 contains archival documents from February 20, 1942 to March 19, 1942 regarding the basic decision of how to remove more than 100,000 human beings which was delegated to General De Witt and his staff. Section 2 contains …
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 2 January 1, 1942- February 19, 1942 (ddr-densho-372-2)
Volume 2 divides into two sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: The first section features archival documents that show chiefly how the decision to relocate the West Coast Japanese evolved from conflicting views both outside and inside the executive branch. The second section features reports of the Anti-Axis Committee, Los …
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