Support from the non-Japanese American community

During mass removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans received outside support and assistance from religious organizations, civil rights groups, and other concerned individuals. The American Friends Service Committee was one of the most active groups to help the Japanese American community during World War II. Committee members donated educational materials to the camp schools and libraries and were influential in persuading the government to allow Nisei to leave the camps for colleges in the interior of the country. Ministers, peace activists and other supporters of the Japanese American community often visited the camps and spoke out publicly against the incarceration. Church groups across the country also organized clothing and food drives for the camp inmates.

Support from the non-Japanese American community (202)

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American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Ernest Besig, Thomas Bodine, Charles H. Bonesteel, Clara Breed, John Burns, Miles E. Cary, Hung Wai Ching, Mark W. Clark, Cecil Coggins, Delos Emmons, Galen Fisher, Bob Fletcher, Charles Hemenway, Harold Ickes, Jewish response to incarceration, Dorothea Lange, Charles F. Loomis, Hugh Macbeth, Carey McWilliams, John Nason, Herbert Nicholson, Robert O'Brien, Morris Opler, Edward L. Parsons, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Shivers, Norman Thomas, Harry S. Truman, A.L. Wirin

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Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 4 of 4. (ddr-one-5-115)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 4 of 4. (ddr-one-5-115)
Photocopy of a declassified petition to Attorney General of the United States Francis Biddle on behalf of Dr. Koyama included in a letter to Dr. William G. Everson. The letter was undersigned by American citizens and friends of Dr. Koyama and attesting to their belief that he is a loyal individual and would bring no harm ...
Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
doc Giri: kodomo no tame ni = For the sake of the children (ddr-csujad-23-1)
Interview transcripts from oral histories with Sonoma County Japanese American families. Conducted by Sonoma County JACL Oral History Project. The book was published in 2003. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: lp041-01-012
Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. Miller, 1942 May 10 (ddr-csujad-20-17)
doc Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. Miller, 1942 May 10 (ddr-csujad-20-17)
Vociferous indictment of the Ladies aid of the Methodist Church for holding a luncheon picnic for "Japanese leaving Santa Anita," and similar efforts, stating that such overtures to "entertain enemies of their native land" are "traitor[ous]" and "disgrace the good sense of American woman hood." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 58, Vol. 24 (June 12, 1964) (ddr-pc-36-24)
Selected article titles: "Historic Senate Action to Gag Civil Rights Bill Depate Hailed" (p.1), "John Thomas, Baptist Minister Who Aided Evacuees, to Be Cited" (p.1-2), "Survey vs. Oral History" (p.1, 3), "Cal. High Court Rules to Keep Initiative 'On'" (p.3), "Moses Lake High Completes Its First Year Japanese Class on Regular Curriculum ...
Masayoshi Sugimoto (ddr-csujad-8-67)
doc Masayoshi Sugimoto (ddr-csujad-8-67)
Oral history interview with Masayoshi Sugimoto. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Sugimoto, Masayoshi
Invitation to freedom - A proposal for a program of liberal adult education (ddr-csujad-18-1)
doc Invitation to freedom - A proposal for a program of liberal adult education (ddr-csujad-18-1)
Detailed proposal for an "adult education system for the Japanese relocation project at Poston, Arizona"; the author credits the American Friends Service Committee for financial support for research and a trial of the plan. Sections of the report include "Background at Poston"; "Foreground of the Problem"; "The Great Books"; "The Seminar"; "The Schedule and Organization"; "The ...
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-155-12)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-155-12)
Family home in Twin Falls becomes a hostel for numerous Japanese Americans throughout the wartime
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-155-11)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-155-11)
Father experiences prejudice in Twin Falls, Idaho, as a result of his support of the Japanese Americans in the concentration camp
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 10 (September 3, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-35)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 83, No. 10 (September 3, 1976) (ddr-pc-48-35)
Selected article titles: "Inouye Career Hits Low Ebb" (p. 1), "Japan Finally Clears WW2 Debts" (p. 1), "Biennium Afterthoughts" (pp. 1, 3), and "Dr. Hubert Phillips, 91: Protested Evacuation in 1942" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Veteran Wins Honorable Army Discharge After 36 Years" (p. 1), "'Day of Remembrance' in 1982: WW2 Aid of Quakers Recalled" (p. 1), "Redress Phase 3: JACL's Redress Ambassador Min" (p. 2), and "Trust Fund for Redress Seen as Breech of Faith" (p. 6).
Letter  from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
doc Letter from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
Letter on a single sheet of paper, folded into quarters, from the Masudas in Poston.
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates about camp life.
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-42)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated April 9, 1943. She worries about the Kidas and hopes they aren't working too hard. Mentions that Marian Locke came by perhaps wanting to learn something about the Kida family, and Mrs. Pyatt ...
Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and parents (ddr-one-3-48)
doc Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and parents (ddr-one-3-48)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and his parents, Kenjiro and Kay, dated June 20, 1943. Says it has been about 18 months since they have heard from the Kida family. Asks if they were allowed to return to their ranch but notes that their ...
Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki
doc Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-67)
Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki "Kay" Kida dated January 17, 1944. Mrs. Cattrell once worked for Dr. Miller in Hood River and was an acquaintance of the Kida family's. She was a friend of Mrs. Condit. Tells the Kidas of Mrs. Miller's (Dr. Miller's wife) passing away several years ago and how ...
Christmas card and letter from Opal Yarnell to Kida family (ddr-one-3-60)
doc Christmas card and letter from Opal Yarnell to Kida family (ddr-one-3-60)
Envelope addressed to Mr. and Mrs. K. Kida and son in Nyssa, Oregon. Christmas card from Opal Yarnell to the Kida family dated December 16, 1943. Says she is afraid that Mrs. Pyatt doesn't have long to live. Hopes the war will end. Talks about her son Bucky in the navy and the places he ...
Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (ddr-one-3-54)
doc Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (ddr-one-3-54)
Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (calls them Georgie, Ma, and Pa) dated November 21, 1943. Says they are working too hard. Asks after Mrs. Pyatt and says that it might be a while before they can get up to visit her in the hospital. Mrs. Pyatt's health is failing; he writes that she ...
Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt to George Kida (ddr-one-3-41)
doc Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt to George Kida (ddr-one-3-41)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt, addressed to George, Kay, and Kida (meaning Kenjiro) dated March 28, 1943. Mentions that they hope that Sarah "Sade" Pyatt lives long enough for the Kidas to come back so that she can go back home. Says that it would have been ...
Letters from Reeves family to Kida family (ddr-one-3-61)
doc Letters from Reeves family to Kida family (ddr-one-3-61)
Two letters dated December 22, 1943, one from Miriam Reeves to Miyuki "Kay" Kida, the other from George Reeves to the Kida family. The letter from Miriam Reeves describes her new hobby of knitting. Mentions that she had just finished knitting a suit for a Japanese American girl who was an evacuee from Los Angeles but ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-19)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated June 30, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt offers to send some of her pension check of $40 to the Kida's. Asks if the Kidas need more bedding. She also asks how the situation (the war/internment) looks to the Kidas and tries to ...
Fred Okrand Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-15-1)
vh Fred Okrand Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-15-1)
Trying to create a test case with the ACLU to challenge the mass removal

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life ...

Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property
Paul Nagano Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-65-10)
vh Paul Nagano Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-65-10)
Efforts of Caucasian Christian churches to support Japanese Americans in concentration camps
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-155-14)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-155-14)
Memories of visiting Minidoka concentration camp as a child: eating in the mess hall, picnics by the irrigation canal
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