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Social and recreational activities

Japanese Americans found ways to fill the long days created by the enforced idleness of camp life. They made jewelry from shells found in the desert, built furniture for their rooms using scrap lumber and renovated the exteriors of their barracks. People also played cards, chess, checkers, mahjongg, and the Japanese games 'go' and 'shogi.' Camp inmates held dances, concerts, plays, and arts and crafts exhibitions. In Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, they even held a beauty contest to select the "Sweetheart of Minidoka."

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General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 23 (October 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-656)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 23 (October 8, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-656)
General information bulletin, series 23, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 8, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Seek aid of high school students for beet harvest; Statement on store price policy issued; School registration totals 2394; Hazards of walking on streets stressed; Many …
Boy Scouts of America membership card for Allan Minoru Hida (ddr-csujad-55-1997)
doc Boy Scouts of America membership card for Allan Minoru Hida (ddr-csujad-55-1997)
Card for Allan Minoru Hida's membership in Boy Scouts of America at the Amache incarceration camp. Includes Boy Scout oath, law, personal record, offices and special duties, and envelope. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2000
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. T. Mihara, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-698)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. T. Mihara, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-698)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. T. Mihara, regarding his speech on radio at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0700
Memo from Shoji Nagumo, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Kubose, June 21 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-691)
doc Memo from Shoji Nagumo, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Kubose, June 21 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-691)
Memorandum from Shoji Nagumo to Speaker, Mr. Kubose, regarding his speech on young people's psychology at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes handwritten comments. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0693
Japanese carnival (ddr-csujad-55-1476)
img Japanese carnival (ddr-csujad-55-1476)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs depicting the Japanese craft and needlework fair at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 119. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Passport no. 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1844)
doc Passport no. 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1844)
Passport belonging to Mr. McClaren (McLaren) for a cruise to Hawaii aboard the S.S. Aloha. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1847
Sentinel supplement, series 84 (June 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1064)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 84 (June 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1064)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment, a sling shot warning, movies, training courses, an upcoming conference, and lost-and-found. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1066
Sentinel supplement, series 93 (July 2, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1071)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 93 (July 2, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1071)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment, railroad jobs, improper use of official stationary, training courses, victory gardens, tax exemptions, camp recreation, and sports. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1073
Sentinel supplement, series 1 (October 27, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1018)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 1 (October 27, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-1018)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on voter registration, clothing allowances, check cashing, and Santa Anita clothing distribution. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1020
Final report: Community Activities Section (ddr-csujad-55-1856)
doc Final report: Community Activities Section (ddr-csujad-55-1856)
Report on the Community Activities Section at Poston incarceration camp. Includes organization of the Community Activities Section, relation to other sections and evacuees, personnel, recreational facilities and equipment, historical development of the program, individual programs, financing, center closing, and colophon. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1859
Autumn hop (ddr-csujad-55-1954)
doc Autumn hop (ddr-csujad-55-1954)
Invitation to the Autumn Hop at Tule Lake incarceration camp. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1957
Landscaping at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1369)
img Landscaping at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1369)
Scrapbook page containing four black and white photographs depicting landscaping and plants at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes a photograph of a group of children standing on a Japanese style bridge. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 40. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the …
Sentinel supplement, series 99 (July 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1077)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 99 (July 15, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1077)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on family reunions, sawmill jobs, nurses aide classes, Heart Mountain charter, employment opportunities, summer playground schedule, a death announcement, report on Chicago street fight, and sports announcements. Includes section in Japanese. See this object …
Sentinel supplement, series 91 (June 29, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1070)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 91 (June 29, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1070)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on a "self-government" charter, employment, coal, "relocation" interviews, training courses, girl scouts, sports announcements, and other camp activities. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1072
Recreation: as directed by the internees themselves (ddr-csujad-55-1455)
doc Recreation: as directed by the internees themselves (ddr-csujad-55-1455)
Scrapbook page with an essay on internee-led recreation activities at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 104. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1457
Miss Doris Yagi's School of Fashion (ddr-csujad-55-1956)
doc Miss Doris Yagi's School of Fashion (ddr-csujad-55-1956)
Invitation to Miss Doris Yagi's School of Fashion "Get together whirl" at Tule Lake incarceration camp. From the Masako Adachi scrapbook. See also sac_jaac_1953. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1959
Sentinel supplement, series 160 (January 7, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-1098)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 160 (January 7, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-1098)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on certificate transfer, classes, Well Baby clinic schedule, boarding school, and job offers. Includes text in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1100
Memo to Mr. Takamura from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Takamura,  July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-709)
doc Memo to Mr. Takamura from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Takamura, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-709)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Mr. Takamura regarding his speech on astronomy at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0711
Senior banquet, Class of 1945,
doc Senior banquet, Class of 1945, "action speaks lauder than words" (ddr-csujad-55-1706)
Program for the Senior Banquet for the class of 1945 at Poston II incarceration camp. Includes menu, program schedule, and acknowledgements. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1708
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 26 (October 15, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-658)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 26 (October 15, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-658)
General information bulletin, series 26, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 15, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Evacuees protected by disability benefits; Offer aid in application for ballots; Doctors rotate for duty at hospital; Dr. Ito in charge of milk station; Fourth appendectomy …
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 3 (August 29, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-638)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 3 (August 29, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-638)
General information bulletin, series 3, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on August 29, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Banking facilities; Housing adjustments; Visits by Nisei soldiers; Barber shops; Stores; Post Office; Fire regulations; and Releases and transfers. See this object in the California State …
Minutes from the Community-Wide Memorial Service meeting, July 27, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-723)
doc Minutes from the Community-Wide Memorial Service meeting, July 27, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-723)
Minutes from the Community-Wide Memorial Service meeting at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes discussion on planning and logistics of holding memorial services for the family members of incarcerees who lost their lives in combat during World War II. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0725
Star Festival (ddr-csujad-55-1470)
doc Star Festival (ddr-csujad-55-1470)
Program for the Star Festival at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 114. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1472
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Kaneko, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-710)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Kaneko, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-710)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Kaneko regarding his speech on "Religion and [?] expression" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0712
Inaugural ball (ddr-csujad-55-1930)
doc Inaugural ball (ddr-csujad-55-1930)
Invitation to the inaugural ball presented by the senior class of Tri-State high school at Tule Lake incarceration camp. Includes decorative cover, list of guests of honor, and schedule of events. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1933
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