Agriculture

Many Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrants) began as sharecroppers. Others sought to buy land, but the Issei had to overcome obstacles preventing them from competing with white farmers. California and other states passed alien land laws prohibiting Asian immigrants from purchasing or leasing agricultural land. There were ways around the discriminatory laws: an Issei father could put the property in the name of his American-born child, or issei could form corporations in which a majority of the shareholders were American citizens. Despite the alien land laws, Issei farmers played a significant role in West Coast agriculture. In the years just prior to World War II, Japanese American families grew 35 percent of the produce in California. By the 1920s, Japanese Americans supplied 75 percent of the produce and half the milk to the Puget Sound region.

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Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
img Two Japanese Americans picking strawberries (ddr-densho-2-26)
Shown here are Peggie Yorita and Sho Nakagawa of the Yamashita Shipping Company in a strawberry field.
Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
img Woman in a tomato field (ddr-densho-2-21)
Peggie Yorita holds a bucket of tomatoes from her parents' farm.
Soto Rd and Orchard Ave (ddr-densho-357-282)
img Soto Rd and Orchard Ave (ddr-densho-357-282)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "View from top of tank, Soto Road + Orchard Ave."
Horse and buggy (ddr-densho-357-35)
img Horse and buggy (ddr-densho-357-35)
A horse and buggy drive down a dirt road in rural farmland.
Orchard (ddr-densho-357-106)
img Orchard (ddr-densho-357-106)
Four unidentified people sit on the back of a car in an orchard. Original caption is illegible.
Memo from Glen Hartman, Chief of Agriculture, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, to Mr. K. Ichiro Hoshizaki, April 6, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-922)
doc Memo from Glen Hartman, Chief of Agriculture, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, to Mr. K. Ichiro Hoshizaki, April 6, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-922)
Memorandum of understanding from Glen Hartman to Mr. K. Ichiro Hoshizaki regarding appeal for investigation of Hoshizaki's termination from the "poultry project" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0924
Tri-county irrigation project in south central Nebraska (ddr-csujad-55-97)
doc Tri-county irrigation project in south central Nebraska (ddr-csujad-55-97)
Report on the tri-county irrigation project in south central Nebraska including a description of the location, project organization, soils, climate, transportation, markets, housing, schools and churches, and community. Report also includes a description of the types of offers used when appealing to and recruiting incarceree farmers including year-round farm labor, share cropping, co-partnerships, and profit sharing. …
Memo from Keijiro Hoshizaki, Block 12-5-C, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, to Community Council, April 11, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-925)
doc Memo from Keijiro Hoshizaki, Block 12-5-C, Heart Mountain Relocation Center, to Community Council, April 11, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-925)
Memorandum of understanding from Keijiro Hoshizaki to the Heart Mountain Community Council regarding an investigation into Hoshizaki's termination from the "poultry project" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0927
Photograph of children on farm (ddr-csujad-55-2616)
img Photograph of children on farm (ddr-csujad-55-2616)
A photograph of children on a farm. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2780
General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 8 (September 11, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-643)
doc General information bulletin (Cody, Wyo.), series 8 (September 11, 1942) (ddr-csujad-55-643)
General information bulletin, series 8, published at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp, Wyoming on September 11, 1942. Bulletin featuring the article "Special Bulletin on Sugar Beet Harvest" at Heart Mountain incarceration camp. Includes recruitment information for incarcerees to harvest sugar beets. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0645
Japanese Peruvian men (ddr-csujad-33-39)
img Japanese Peruvian men (ddr-csujad-33-39)
A group photograph of Japanese Peruvian men, posing in front of a farm truck. Some men are standing on the truck bed. A photo from an album: Colonisation Japonaise au Perou (csudh_cjp_0001), page 7. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: cjp_01_07_039
Turlock Farm Corporation notes (ddr-csujad-46-41)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation notes (ddr-csujad-46-41)
Turlock Farm Corporation miscellaneous record, including member names. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0041
農事會社 = Turlock Farm Corporation, ledger cover (ddr-csujad-46-36)
doc 農事會社 = Turlock Farm Corporation, ledger cover (ddr-csujad-46-36)
Turlock Farm Corporation's ledger cover 1928. Cover in Japanese. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0036
Turlock Farm Corporation resolution (ddr-csujad-46-40)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation resolution (ddr-csujad-46-40)
Turlock Farm Corporation resolution at a meeting held on 1930 November 8, resolved by the board of directors, stating Katsue Morofuji as secretary. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0040
Turlock Farm Corporation budget record (ddr-csujad-46-38)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation budget record (ddr-csujad-46-38)
Turlock Farm Corporation budget record. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0038
Turlock Farm Corporation Bank of America deposit statement (ddr-csujad-46-43)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation Bank of America deposit statement (ddr-csujad-46-43)
Turlock Farm Corporation, Bank of America deposit statement of $25.00 including check deposit. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0043
Central California Cantaloupe Company Articles of Incorporation (ddr-csujad-46-1)
doc Central California Cantaloupe Company Articles of Incorporation (ddr-csujad-46-1)
Articles of Incorporation of the Central California Cantaloupe Company in Stanislaus, signed by Frank C. Jordan, secreary of state of the state of California. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0001
Turlock Farm Corporation budget record (ddr-csujad-46-37)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation budget record (ddr-csujad-46-37)
Turlock Farm Corporation budget record. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0037
Envelope from Bank of America Turlock Branch to Turlock Farm Corporation (ddr-csujad-46-56)
doc Envelope from Bank of America Turlock Branch to Turlock Farm Corporation (ddr-csujad-46-56)
Envelope addressed to Turlock Farm Corporation from Bank of America Turlock Branch. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0056
Turlock Farm Corporation resolution (ddr-csujad-46-39)
doc Turlock Farm Corporation resolution (ddr-csujad-46-39)
Turlock Farm Corporation resolution at a meeting held on 1930 November 8, resolved by the board of directors, stating First Natinoal Bank of Turlock as its banking house. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0039
Central California Cantaloupe Company claim to trade mark (ddr-csujad-46-2)
doc Central California Cantaloupe Company claim to trade mark (ddr-csujad-46-2)
Claim to trade mark of the phrase "GOLD STAR BRAND" and company design by the Central California Cantaloupe Company and signed by the state secretary of the state of California, Frank C. Jordan. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: csus_nac_0002
Supplement to the abstractor, vol. 17, no. 99 (January 19, 1907) (ddr-csujad-55-2000)
doc Supplement to the abstractor, vol. 17, no. 99 (January 19, 1907) (ddr-csujad-55-2000)
News bulletin publishing the transactions in the Office of the Recorder in Merced County, California. Current issue covers partial release of mortgage, deed, and trust deed for the Yamato Colony (also referred to as Livingston Colony purchased by the Japanese American Industrial Corporation) in Merced County. See also sac_jaac_2090 through sac_jaac_2102. See this object in the …
Memo from the Hearing Committee, Community Council Office, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Satoru Saijo, April 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-927)
doc Memo from the Hearing Committee, Community Council Office, Heart Mountain, to Mr. Satoru Saijo, April 20, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-927)
Memorandum of understanding from the Heart Mountain Community Council Hearing Committee to Satoru Saijo regarding the date for an upcoming hearing about the "poultry project" dispute. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_0929
Instruments filed in the Recorders office (ddr-csujad-55-2010)
doc Instruments filed in the Recorders office (ddr-csujad-55-2010)
List of deeds, reassignments, agreements, contracts, and other articles filed with the county Recorders office, primarily in Merced County, California. Includes instruments for the Yamato Colony. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_2113
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