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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Seattle Post-Intelligencer (ddr-densho-446-451)
doc Seattle Post-Intelligencer (ddr-densho-446-451)
Selected articles: Seattle woman's saga captured in photo (p.1-2); Club Asia (p. 2)
Escrow instructions for sale of Cut-Rate Shoe Repair Shop (ddr-densho-292-11)
doc Escrow instructions for sale of Cut-Rate Shoe Repair Shop (ddr-densho-292-11)
Torakichi Nishioka sold his show repair shop in Oakland, California to Nellie M. Ordish. This document outlines the escrow of the sale.
Large group photo outside church (ddr-ajah-4-57)
img Large group photo outside church (ddr-ajah-4-57)
Printed on photo front: Japanese Methodist Church "Last Issei Services" Alameda, California, February 15, 1942. Caption below photo: On February 15, 1942, the JME church held a farewell service conducted by Rev. Shigeo Shimada and attended by 120 members and friends, many of whom stepped forward for baptism. Dr. J.B. Cobb and his wife, former missionaries …
300 Japanese Must Evacuate Alameda Tuesday (ddr-ajah-4-58)
doc 300 Japanese Must Evacuate Alameda Tuesday (ddr-ajah-4-58)
Document with photos, clippings and transcriptions of newspaper articles concerning the forced evacuation of Alameda
Kaneji Domoto Diary, 1942 (ddr-densho-329-950)
doc Kaneji Domoto Diary, 1942 (ddr-densho-329-950)
Kaneji's diary from March 6, 1942 - October 7, 1942, spanning the Domoto family's time from being at home in California to about a month after arrival at Amache. Early pages of the diary resemble a notebook loosely structured by date and containing a mixture of daily activities, accounting, notes from work at the nursery, and, …
Questions and answers for Evacuees (ddr-densho-410-53)
doc Questions and answers for Evacuees (ddr-densho-410-53)
Booklet issued by WRA for Evacuees in preparation for relocation to camps. Front, inside pages, outside pages
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
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
Bulletin (Florin Japanese American Citizens League), no. 5 (April 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-2455)
doc Bulletin (Florin Japanese American Citizens League), no. 5 (April 24, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-2455)
Bulletin published by the Florin Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens' League. Covers reminder to local area farmers to settle farm affairs prior to forced removal and incarceration, car storage, warning from WCCA and sheriff's office, Red Cross contributions, medical treatments, and a family survey. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Evacuation notes from Clifton E. Snelson, Director Mess & Lodging Division (ddr-csujad-55-120)
doc Evacuation notes from Clifton E. Snelson, Director Mess & Lodging Division (ddr-csujad-55-120)
Procedures for incarcerees regarding disposition of apartment items prior to forced removal. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0122
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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