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.

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Letter from Lizzie Clark to Miyuki
doc Letter from Lizzie Clark to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida (ddr-one-3-53)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Lizzie Clark to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and George Kida dated November 21, 1943. Mentions they are sorry to hear about Mrs. Pyatt's health. Wishes them a nice Thanksgiving. Hopes they will be able to return home soon. Additional letter sent in same envelope please see ...
Envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (ddr-one-3-130)
doc Envelope to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (ddr-one-3-130)
Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Houston Dunaway (wife Jean) of Nyssa, Oregon. Presumably from George Kida.
Letter from John Pearce to Kida family (ddr-one-3-35)
doc Letter from John Pearce to Kida family (ddr-one-3-35)
Envelope addressed to George Kida, from John Pearce. Letter written to Kida family dated January 14, 1943. Mentions that the Kida family had sent him cigarettes. Describes his work at the regimental post office in San Diego. He says that it is beginning to seem as if he will not see any action at all during ...
Letter from George Kida to Sarah
doc Letter from George Kida to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-23)
The letter is addressed to "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) from George and Kenjiro Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated July 19, 1942. George writes that he and Kenjiro "are getting along fine" and work every day except Sunday. He asks for more news of Kay, who he is worried about.
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Charlie and Flora Pyatt (ddr-one-3-36)
Letter addressed to "sister and brother" (Flora and Charlie Pyatt, Sarah "Sade" Pyatt's brother and sister-in-law), from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt dated January 15, 1943. Says she wishes the Kidas ("the children") were home. Describes Kay as a good nurse. She gives them the Kidas' address. Says that James Albert "Al" Johnson was living on their place ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-18)
Envelope from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt addressed to George Kida. Letter is from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family) on June 23, 1942. Tells the Kida family that friend and neighbor James Albert "Al" Johnson tried to visit them but was not allowed in. Mrs. Pyatt asks Kay if she needs any more ...
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 offer them ...
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 requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah
doc Letter requesting exemption addressed to Lieutenant General J.L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-13)
Letter to Lieutenant General J. L. DeWitt from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (the letter is unsigned) asking for an exemption from Executive order 9066 for Miyuki "Kay" Kida. For response see ddr-one-3-14.
Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
doc Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American (ddr-one-3-76)
November 5, 1953 issue of the Mt. Adams Sun, Volume XIX, Number 6. The newspaper contains an article on the front page titled "Kay Kido Threw Her Trousseau Overboard to Become American." The article is about the Kenjiro and Miyuki "Kay" Kida process for American citizenship and their experiences living in the United States.
Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki
doc Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-26)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in the Portland Assembly Center, letter from Mary Hedley to "friends" meaning Kida family. Three clippings from the newspaper covering food rationing, the possibility of fuel rationing, and the possibility of incarcerated Japanese Americans working in sugar beet fields and other crops in the inner-United States. The letter mentions that ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-43)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated April 13, 1943. She wishes the war would end so they can come home. Asks Kay to not send her any more dresses. Asks if they got the ten dollars she sent them the ...
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-40)
Letter to Miyuki "Kay" Kida from James Albert "Al" Johnson dated February 25, 1943. Mentions George's deal again (discussed in letter to George). He also says that he does not think George will be drafted once he starts to farm. Tells Kay what George needs to do to avoid the draft. Letter sent with ddr-one-3-39 in ...
Letter from Bertha Wylder to Kida family (ddr-one-3-63)
doc Letter from Bertha Wylder to Kida family (ddr-one-3-63)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, postmarked December 30, 1943. Letter from Bertha Wylder to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and family dated Wednesday. Mr. Hedley (Mary Hedley's husband) passed away. Bertha writes with news about the plans for the funeral and let them know she had bought flowers for Mr. Hedley in the Kidas' ...
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written to Dr. William G. Everson, President of Linnfield College in McMinneville, Oregon and Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. This is the second page of a four-letter. The letter continues, stating that early on in their relationship with the Koyamas, Mrs. Koyama confessed ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-27)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in the Farm Labor Camp. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) at the Farm Labor Camp in Nyssa, Oregon dated October 25, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt mentions that timber prices were high and wishes that George and Kenjiro could come back and sell some of ...
Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon on behalf of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-151)
doc Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon on behalf of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-151)
Photocopy of a declassified letter signed by Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon. She writes that she has known the Koyama family for 14 years and praises Dr. Koyama for his loyalty, honesty, and the high Christian standards that he has raised his family in. She does ...
Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 1 of 3. (ddr-one-5-196)
doc Sworn statement by Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. Page 1 of 3. (ddr-one-5-196)
Photocopy of a declassified seven point sworn statement from Eva C. Goodenough on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama. The form originated in the County of Jerome, Idaho, but that information was slashed through and replaced with County of Multnomah, Oregon. For this first page of the statement, Mrs. Goodenough states that she made Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in ...
Letter written on behalf of Dr. Koyama by Alice G. Nichols (ddr-one-5-119)
doc Letter written on behalf of Dr. Koyama by Alice G. Nichols (ddr-one-5-119)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written by Alice G. Nichols on behalf of Dr. Koyama. In the letter, Alice states that Dr. Koyama's wife lived with her for four or five years in Seattle, Washington and that she was proud to be "Americanized." She adds that Dr. Koyama was a frequent visitor to her home and ...
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 3 of 4. (ddr-one-5-114)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 3 of 4. (ddr-one-5-114)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written to Dr. William G. Everson, President of Linnfield College in McMinneville, Oregon and Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. This is the third page of a four-part letter. Mrs. Goodenough notes that per the morning newspaper, the Examining Board for Dr. Koyama's hearing ...
The names and addresses of 15 associates of Dr. Kei Koyama petitioning for his release from detention by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (ddr-one-5-94)
doc The names and addresses of 15 associates of Dr. Kei Koyama petitioning for his release from detention by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (ddr-one-5-94)
Photocopy of a declassified document containing the signatures and addresses of 15 associates of Dr. Kei Koyama who petitioned for his release from confinement.
Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter in support of Keizaburo Koyama being reunited with his family in Twin Falls, Idaho. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-195)
doc Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter in support of Keizaburo Koyama being reunited with his family in Twin Falls, Idaho. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-195)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter signed by Mrs. C.C. and Charles C. Carpenter in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. They conclude that Dr. Koyama and his family are loyal to the United States. The letter was sworn and notarized on March 29, 1943.
Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-220)
doc Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-220)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Mrs. A.C. Goodenough writes about Dr. and Mrs. Koyama raised their children in a Christian home with American values. She is worried that the three children will be exposed to bad influences due to the current ongoing ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-3)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Missoula from an unknown sender (possibly the Andrew and Eva Goodenoughs). Postmarked January 19, 1942. Purple "CENSORED" stamp on the lower left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope “Goodenough” is written in pencil. Letter dated Jan 18, 1942, with a return address in Portland from ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-8)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. Postmarked Feb 15, 1942. In the lower left corner is an "EXAMINED" stamp. Inside is a letter folded like a card with an "EXAMINED" stamp over the crease; dated February 15, 1942. The letter encourages Kei to ...
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