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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.

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Letter from Fumio Fred Takano to Florence Packer, March 30, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-43)
doc Letter from Fumio Fred Takano to Florence Packer, March 30, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-43)
A letter from Fumio Fred Takano to Florence Packer, who is appointed by him as an attorney. He asks her to manage his real property, renting it out and paying all expenses, including mortgage payments, taxes, and repairs, by the collected rents. The letter was written prior to his incarceration. The power of attorney form appointing …
Letter from Kumaji Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 21, 194, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-58)
doc Letter from Kumaji Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 21, 194, typescript (ddr-csujad-42-58)
Japanese typescript of the letter: csudh_tak_0056. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_30_001_jpn
Letter from Fred C. Bold, Assistant Manager, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, to Mr. Fumio Takano, April 15, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-87)
doc Letter from Fred C. Bold, Assistant Manager, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, to Mr. Fumio Takano, April 15, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-87)
A letter from Fred C. Bold, Assistant Manager, Los Angeles Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, to Fumio Takano in Los Angeles, California. The letter follows up the inquiry from Fumio Takano regarding his home mortgage and automobile loan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: tak_01_42_001
Bulletin, no. 2 (March 18, 1942): Instructions governing voluntary movement of Japanese from Los Angeles to Owens Valley (ddr-csujad-42-156)
doc Bulletin, no. 2 (March 18, 1942): Instructions governing voluntary movement of Japanese from Los Angeles to Owens Valley (ddr-csujad-42-156)
An issue of "Bulletin" titled: Instructions governing voluntary movement of Japanese from Los Angeles to Owens Valley. It informs of details regarding the forced evacuation scheduled on March 23, 1942, including baggage to be taken, meals to be served, and travels by rail and motor convey. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Letter from Kumaji Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-56)
doc Letter from Kumaji Meguro to Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano, July 21, 1942 (ddr-csujad-42-56)
A letter from Kumaji Meguro in the Pomona Assembly Center to his son-in-law and daughter, Fumio Fred and Yoneko Takano in the Santa Anita Assembly Center. The letter describes the lives and living conditions in the assembly center, including the allowance and wages, entertainments, etc. Kumaji details his daily routine and expresses his appreciation for the …
Reception committee (ddr-csujad-47-18)
img Reception committee (ddr-csujad-47-18)
Photograph of "the reception committee" for the first group of incarcerees arriving in a line of cars stretching in the distance. In the background the Alabama Hills are visible. In the foreground are several groups observing the arrival including military police. Caption reads: Reception committee, March 23, 1942. Title from caption, which was taken from the …
Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry, C.E. Order 92 (ddr-csujad-55-1938)
doc Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry, C.E. Order 92 (ddr-csujad-55-1938)
Exclusion orders and evacuation instructions for persons of Japanese ancestry residing in Sacramento and Amador counties. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1941
Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-163)
doc Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-163)
Baggage tag for Masami Iwasa Family No.: 25210 See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0165
War Relocation Work Corps (ddr-csujad-55-351)
doc War Relocation Work Corps (ddr-csujad-55-351)
Pamphlet describing the War Relocation Work Corps including planned camp facilities, types of work available, eligibility, benefits, and private employment. "Approved Relocation Areas" section includes descriptions of Manzanar, Parker, Gila, Tule Lake, and Minidoka camps. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0353
Instructions to evacuees regarding disposition of motor vehicles (ddr-csujad-46-28)
doc Instructions to evacuees regarding disposition of motor vehicles (ddr-csujad-46-28)
Motor Vehicle Registration Form and agreement, WCCA form FRB-3, for "evacuees" to deliver to the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0028
Personal property form (ddr-csujad-46-29)
doc Personal property form (ddr-csujad-46-29)
Personal property form, WCCA form FRB-2, including inventory checklist, to be submitted to Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0029
Letter from Ohashi to Jack Noda, March 20, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-21)
doc Letter from Ohashi to Jack Noda, March 20, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-21)
Follow-up letter from Mr. Ohashi of the Stockton chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League to Jack Noda, president of the Stanislaus Merced chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League regarding the Stockton chapter's constitution and the mass removal preparation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0021
Motor vehicle registration form, WCCA form FRB-4 (ddr-csujad-46-26)
doc Motor vehicle registration form, WCCA form FRB-4 (ddr-csujad-46-26)
Instructions and agreement for forced evacuees regarding disposition of motor vehicles, WCCA form FRB-4, from the Western Defense Command and Fourth Army Wartime Civil Control Administration, San Francisco, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0026
Letter from Tsuneo Iwata to members, March 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-17)
doc Letter from Tsuneo Iwata to members, March 29, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-17)
Letter from Tsuneo Iwata, president of the Turlock Social Club to Turlock Social Club members in regards to mass removal preparation, Turlock Social Club meetings, and the status of the Social Hall. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0017
Letter from Tsuneo Iwata to Evacuee Property Department, March 31, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-15)
doc Letter from Tsuneo Iwata to Evacuee Property Department, March 31, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-15)
Letter from Tsuneo Iwata to Evacuee Property Department concerning the status and leasing of the Japanese Social Hall in Turlock California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0015
Letter from Harold Johnson to Tsuneo Iwata, April 16, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-16)
doc Letter from Harold Johnson to Tsuneo Iwata, April 16, 1942 (ddr-csujad-46-16)
Letter from Harold Johnson field representative of Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to Tsuneo Iwata, president of the Turlock social Club, in regards to mass removal preparation. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0016
Tatsumi Miyajima checks the belongings tied to the back of an automobile (ddr-csujad-52-44)
img Tatsumi Miyajima checks the belongings tied to the back of an automobile (ddr-csujad-52-44)
A man, wearing a hat and long trench coat, leans on the items tied to the back of an automobile with thick string. The caption printed along with the image in the Press-Telegram reads, "Tatsumi Miyajima makes last-minute check on his belonging before leaving for internment camp." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Questions and answers for evacuees (ddr-csujad-55-349)
doc Questions and answers for evacuees (ddr-csujad-55-349)
Question and answer booklet covering "preparing for relocation," "facilities at relocation centers," "work," "business matters," "health and medicine," and "departure from the relocation center." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0351
Federated Community Church program, May 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-37)
doc Federated Community Church program, May 24, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-37)
Program for worship services at the Federated Community Church in Elk Grove, California. Verso includes a handwritten note by Ed Yoshida which reads, "This is to certify that the following personal property belongs to Ed H. Yoshida to be used or stored at the discretion of Ed H. Yoshida for the duration of the present emergency …
Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-55-2389)
doc Instructions to all persons of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-55-2389)
Newspaper clipping with a reprint of the exclusion orders and evacuation instructions for persons of Japanese ancestry residing in Alameda County, California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2495
Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-139)
doc Identification tag (ddr-csujad-55-139)
Baggage tag for George Ono, Family No.: 31331 See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0141
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
Japanese Evacuation-Policy and Perspectives (ddr-csujad-19-55)
doc Japanese Evacuation-Policy and Perspectives (ddr-csujad-19-55)
This is an article from the magazine "Common Ground," summer 1942, by Carey McWilliams which discusses the policy for the "evacuation and resettlement" of virtually the entire Japanese population on the West Coast. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WRA_02-11-01
George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-2)
doc George Naohara's handwritten annotations (ddr-csujad-38-2)
English translations of handwritten annotations from "George Naohara photo album" (csudh_nao_0001), page 4: [Left] Several meetings were held in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, California, prior to moving to the Manzanar incarceration camp in California. I attended those meetings. What was announced was that all Japanese Americans residing in California and the West Coast should move to …
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