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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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."
Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
img Issei preparing farm for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-270)
Original caption: Woodland, California. This mother of Japanese ancestry is ready with her family of ten, to leave their farm the following morning in compliance with Civilian Exclusion Order. The figure in the background is a Negro laborer employed by the new tenants who have taken over the farm and are now operating it.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-110)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. As a safeguard for health, evacuees of Japanese descent were inoculated as they registered for evacuation at 2031 Bush Street. Nurses and doctors also of Japanese ancestry, administered inoculations. Children were given special attention. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
img Mass removal sale (ddr-densho-151-81)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. A close-out sale- prior to evacuation- at store operated by proprietor of Japanese ancestry on Grant Avenue in Chinatown. The evacuees of Japanese descent will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Last washday before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-179)
img Last washday before mass removal (ddr-densho-151-179)
Original caption: San Lorenzo, California. Washday 48 hours before evacuation of persons of Japanese ancestry from this community in Santa Clara County. Evacuees wil be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
img Signs advertising household goods (ddr-densho-151-319)
Original caption: Sacramento, California. Evidence of evacuation is seen in the Japanese quarter two days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry from this city.
Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
img Issei farmer and government employee discuss mass removal (ddr-densho-151-136)
Original caption: Hayward, California. Harry Konda, farmer, discusses evacuation details with a representation of the Farm Security Administration. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
People receiving instructions on mass removal (ddr-densho-151-241)
img People receiving instructions on mass removal (ddr-densho-151-241)
Original caption: Byron, California. Three days before evacuation these people of Japanese ancestry are receiving their final instructions at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station in this agricultural community.
Government worker interviewing issei farmer (ddr-densho-151-242)
img Government worker interviewing issei farmer (ddr-densho-151-242)
Original caption: Byron, California. This farmer of Japanese ancestry is being interviewed at the Wartime Civil Control Administration station three days before evacuation.
Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
img Registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-80)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. Bush Street, San Francisco. Japanese family heads and persons living alone form a line outside Civil Control station located in the Japanese American Citizens League Auditorium at 2031 Bush Street, to appear for "processing" in response to Civilian Exclusion Order Number 20.
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-109)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-109)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. As a safeguard for health, evacuees of Japanese descent were inoculated as they registered for evacuation at 2031 Bush Street. Nurses and doctors, also of Japanese ancestry, administered inoculations. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Issei man registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-135)
img Issei man registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-135)
Original caption: Hayward, California. A farmer of Japanese ancestry appears at Wartime Civil Control Administration station prepratory to evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-115)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-115)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. In response to the Army's Exclusion Order Number 20, residents of Japanese ancestry appear at Civil Control Station at 2031 Bush Street, for registration. The evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-307)
img Japanese Americans working in field (ddr-densho-151-307)
Original caption: Near Mission San Jose, California. Family of Japanese ancestry laboring in their strawberry field at opening of harvest season. Note the distant Coast Range Hills and their farm homes and buildings that can be seen at the end of the strawberry rows. Evacuation is due in a few days.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-100)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-100)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry file forms containing personal data, two days before evacuation, at Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-99)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-99)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Residents of Japanese ancestry file forms containing personal data, two days before evacuation, at Wartime Civil Control Administration station. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
People shopping at
img People shopping at "evacuation sale" (ddr-densho-151-213)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. At a close-out sale these patrons were buying merchandise to take with them when they are evacuated. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
WRA worker speaks with nisei woman (ddr-densho-151-175)
img WRA worker speaks with nisei woman (ddr-densho-151-175)
Original caption: Mountain View, California. John Bird, former Director of Information for the War Relocation Authority, speaks to a young woman who is weeding a garlic field in Santa Clara County. Farmers and other evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be given opportunities to follow their callings at War Relocation Authority centers where they will spend the …
Nisei Grill restaurant (ddr-densho-151-52)
img Nisei Grill restaurant (ddr-densho-151-52)
Original WRA caption: San Francisco, California. This restaurant, named "Nisei" after second- generation children born in this country to Japanese immigrants was closed prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry; and, according to sign in the window, was scheduled to re- open under new management. Evacuees will be housed at War Relocation Authority centers for …
Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
img Japanese Americans receiving inoculations (ddr-densho-151-111)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. As a safeguard for health, evacuees of Japanese descent were inoculated as they registered for evacuation at 2031 Bush Street. Nurses and doctors, also of Japanese ancestry, administered inoculations. Evacuees were later transferred to War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
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