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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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1115 items
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Aso, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-697)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Aso, June 28, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-697)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Aso, regarding his speech on Taiwan and South Islands at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0699
Committee report on community recreation (ddr-csujad-55-1725)
doc Committee report on community recreation (ddr-csujad-55-1725)
Report and recommendations on community recreation at Poston incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1727
CA Motion Picture Trust complimentary (ddr-csujad-55-1963)
doc CA Motion Picture Trust complimentary (ddr-csujad-55-1963)
Ticket for CA Motion Picture Trust. 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_1966
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, August 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-466)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting, August 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-466)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Community Council meeting. Includes reports on "food problems," "dental problems," recreation, and administrative procedures. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0468
Sentinel supplement, series 231 (September 11, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-938)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 231 (September 11, 1944) (ddr-csujad-55-938)
News bulletin from Heart Mountain incarceration camp covering work at the Tooele Ordinance Depot, death of incarceree, departure of enlisted incarcerees, funeral arrangements, and relocation of the Red Cross office. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0940
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 20 (October 1, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-653)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 20 (October 1, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-653)
General information bulletin, series 20, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 1, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Heart Mountain host to National WRA Director; Three more schools to open; Further colonist aid sought for beet harvest; Reasons given for periodic lack of hot …
Receipt from Railway Express Company for shipment from Murray's Athletic Company to M. Kata?, Heart Mountain (ddr-csujad-55-948)
doc Receipt from Railway Express Company for shipment from Murray's Athletic Company to M. Kata?, Heart Mountain (ddr-csujad-55-948)
Receipt from Railway Express Company for shipment from Murray's Athletic Company. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0950
Sentinel supplement, series 95 (July 6, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1073)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 95 (July 6, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1073)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment, alien registration, handicraft classes, a funeral, an exhibit, and girls softball schedule. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1075
Memo from Philip W. Barber, Chief, Community Services, to the residents of Heart Mountain Relocation Center, December 10, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-684)
doc Memo from Philip W. Barber, Chief, Community Services, to the residents of Heart Mountain Relocation Center, December 10, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-684)
Memorandum of understanding from Philip Barber to incarcerees regarding an upcoming "recreation conference" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0686
German entertainment (ddr-csujad-55-1461)
img German entertainment (ddr-csujad-55-1461)
Scrapbook page containing four black and white photographs of German entertainers in costume at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 110. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1463
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 24 (October 10, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-657)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 24 (October 10, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-657)
General information bulletin, series 24, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 10, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Make plans for self-government system; Checks to be issued for clothing allowances; Formal opening of court slated Monday; Schedule of religious services; Week-day activities; Kobayashi Memorial …
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 25, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-325)
doc Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting, November 25, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-325)
Minutes from the Heart Mountain Block Chairmen meeting. Includes report from Census Committee on cost of living and discussion on camp services, juvenile delinquency, recreation, and "withdrawal of chairmanship." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0327
Memo from C.E. Rachford, Project Director, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, to newspaper (English and Japanese), chief stewards and chefs, block managers and chairmen, October 14, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-621)
doc Memo from C.E. Rachford, Project Director, Heart Mountain Relocation Project, to newspaper (English and Japanese), chief stewards and chefs, block managers and chairmen, October 14, 1942 (ddr-csujad-55-621)
Memorandum of understanding from C. E. Rachford to Newspaper (English and Japanese) regarding the use of camp mess halls for recreational purposes. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0623
Sentinel supplement, series 83 (June 11, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1063)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 83 (June 11, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1063)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes information on employment, selective service, shoe rations, farming opportunities, a fellowship opportunity, training courses, and delivery of paychecks. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1065
Jr Sr colonial winter banquet; Jr Sr colonial winter program (ddr-csujad-55-1416)
doc Jr Sr colonial winter banquet; Jr Sr colonial winter program (ddr-csujad-55-1416)
Scrapbook page containing an invitation and program for the Federal High School Junior-Senior Banquet at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For programs, see sac_jaac_1419 and sac_jaac_1420. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 75. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
General plan of activity spacing (ddr-csujad-55-725)
doc General plan of activity spacing (ddr-csujad-55-725)
List of recreational activities at Heart Mountain incarceration camp specifying block number, recreation hall number, and location at the north or south end of camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0727
Certificate from the American National Red Cross to Taeko Ono in Poston, Arizona, for junior course of instruction in first aid, December 27, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-145)
doc Certificate from the American National Red Cross to Taeko Ono in Poston, Arizona, for junior course of instruction in first aid, December 27, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-145)
Card certifying that Taeko Ono has completed the junior course of instruction in first aid. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0147
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 22 (October 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-655)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 22 (October 6, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-655)
General information bulletin, series 22, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on October 6, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: High School Opens for 1251 colonists; 2-day faculty conference starts Thursday; New regulation on leave permits; Ghostly intruder terrorizes colonists; Catholic service Wednesday; Appendectomy performed; First …
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 12 (September 17, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-646)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 12 (September 17, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-646)
General information bulletin, series 12, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on September 17, 1942. Bulletin including news, events, and topics related to Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes: Clothing issue situation clarified; Judges, alternates approved; 35 beet workers leave for Montana; Center population now 10,867; Colonists install celotex walls; Mail order house unit to …
Boy Scouts of America Modoc Area Council temporary certificate of advancement (ddr-csujad-55-1995)
doc Boy Scouts of America Modoc Area Council temporary certificate of advancement (ddr-csujad-55-1995)
Certificate stating that Allan Minoru Hida has completed all requirements necessary for advancement as a second class scout in Boy Scouts of America, Modoc Area Council. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1998
Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Kubose, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-706)
doc Memo from Jiro Fujioka, Co-operating with Block Chairmen, Heart Mountain, to Rev. Kubose, July 19, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-706)
Memorandum from Jiro Fujioka to Speaker, Rev. Kubose regarding his "Young people's psychology" speech at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0708
Sentinel supplement, series 32 (February 18, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1028)
doc Sentinel supplement, series 32 (February 18, 1943) (ddr-csujad-55-1028)
News bulletin for incarcerees covering announcements, events, programs, policies, recreational activities, and jobs at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Current issue includes an announcement from Project Director, Guy Robertson, on registration ("loyalty questionnaire"), and information on clothing allowances, investigation committee, and postal services. Includes section in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Letter from Emil Bayer, German Spokesman, to Robert F. Martin, M.D., Medical Officer in Charge, September 27, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1471)
doc Letter from Emil Bayer, German Spokesman, to Robert F. Martin, M.D., Medical Officer in Charge, September 27, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1471)
Invitation from Emil Bayer to the Symphony Concert at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 115. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1473
Passport no. 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1845)
doc Passport no. 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1845)
Passport belonging to Mrs. 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_1848
Letter from Kenneth Hori to George Waegell, July 31, [1943] (ddr-csujad-55-2543)
doc Letter from Kenneth Hori to George Waegell, July 31, [1943] (ddr-csujad-55-2543)
Correspondence from Kenneth Hori to George Waegell regarding the receipt of comic books and possibility of move to a camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2650
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