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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Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-95-6)
vh Ayame Tsutakawa Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-95-6)
Entrusting personal belongings to "friends," and buying pants to wear
Betty Tanakatsubo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-343-9)
vh Betty Tanakatsubo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-343-9)
Leaving some possessions with neighbors

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Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-275-19)
vh Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-275-19)
Preparing for mass removal, selling items at huge losses

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Paul Nagano Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
vh An Oral History with Norman Y. Mineta - Segment 1 (ddr-csujad-29-55-1)
Japanese American congressman, representing the Thirteenth Congressional District of California, born and raised in San Jose, California, discusses his early life, graduation from the University of California, Berkeley, and receiving a commission and serving in the armed forces from 1953-1956. Recalls the removal, "relocation," and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II at the Heart ...
Hal Keimi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-458-4)
vh Hal Keimi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-458-4)
Family moves to the Boyle Heights neighborhood to be closer to family during mass removal
Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
vh Ben Takeshita Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-467-5)
Memories of the day of mass removal and first impressions of the Tanforan Assembly Center
JACL mass removal registration (ddr-densho-36-30)
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The Seattle chapter of the JACL conducted emergency "evacuation" registration on or about March 14, 1942.
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 ...
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.
Letter to George Kida from Major E.A. Steuding (ddr-one-3-16)
doc Letter to George Kida from Major E.A. Steuding (ddr-one-3-16)
Letter and envelope to George Kida from Major E. A. Steuding, the acting Provost Marshal for the State of the Oregon, informing George that his request for more information about the date of evacuation and the possibility of re-settlement in his letter written on May 19, 1942 could not be could not be answered by the ...
Mid-Columbia Bulletin Vol. VI (ddr-one-3-8)
doc Mid-Columbia Bulletin Vol. VI (ddr-one-3-8)
Mid-Columbia Bulletin newsletter. Vol. VI, April 22, 1942. Written by the J.A.C.L. (Japanese American Citizens League). Covers preparations for the incarceration of the Japanese American community, including packing, property sales, personal documents (e.g. wills, letters of recommendations, etc.), financial concerns, and other information regarding the evacuation order. Includes a description about what life at the Assembly ...
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."
Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
doc Letter to Kinuta Uno at Fort Missoula (ddr-densho-324-14)
Correspondence from Kinuta Uno's daughter discussing life on the farm and going to Puyallup "Camp Harmony" Assembly Center.
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.
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.
Father and son preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-273)
img Father and son preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-273)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. Dave Tatsuno, graduate of University of California in 1936, is making preparations for evacuation which is due in a few days. In packing his possessions, he came across college notes and is shown re-reading them.
Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
img Farmer preparing for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-269)
Original caption: Woodland, California. Tenant farmer of Japanese ancestry who has just completed settlement of their affairs and everything is packed ready for evacuation on the following morning to an assembly center.
Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-133)
img Japanese Americans registering for mass removal (ddr-densho-151-133)
Original caption: San Francisco, California. The residents of Japanese ancestry appear at 2031 Bush Street for information on evacuation. Evacuees will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
Family transplanting tomato plants (ddr-densho-151-448)
img Family transplanting tomato plants (ddr-densho-151-448)
Original caption: San Leandro, California. Family labor transplanting young tomato plants under canvas about ten days prior to evacuation of residents of Japanese ancestry to Assembly Centers.
Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-218)
img Government worker interviewing father and son (ddr-densho-151-218)
Original caption: Lodi, California. Father and son give pre-evacuation information at wartime Civil Control Administration Station. Evacuees of Japanese ancestry will be housed in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration.
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