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 (163)

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Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-4)
doc Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-4)
Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates about relocation to Southeastern Idaho.
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kida family (ddr-one-3-69)
Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay, George and Kida (Kenjiro Kida) dated February 6, 1944. Al writes that Mrs. Sidney Miller and Sadie McCoy wanted to get Sarah "Sade" Pyatt out of the hospital and send her to live with the Kida family in Eastern Oregon. Al told them that George was going into ...
Envelope from Sarah
doc Envelope from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-37)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt. Postmarked January 25, 1943.
Petition (ddr-one-3-11)
doc Petition (ddr-one-3-11)
Typed petition asking for an exemption from Executive Order 9066 on behalf of Kenjiro, Kay, and George Kida living in White Salmon, Washington. Signed by 67 members of the White Salmon community.
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to George Kida (ddr-one-3-39)
Letter and envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, from James Albert "Al" Johnson. Letter dated February 23, 1943, envelope postmarked February 25, 1943. James Albert "Al" Johnson brought a letter from George to a banker (Mr. Barton) in regards to the possibility of a loan for George. He believes that the loan is a ...
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 Mary Hedley to George Kida (ddr-one-3-31)
doc Letter from Mary Hedley to George Kida (ddr-one-3-31)
Letter and envelope from Mary Hedley to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated December 18, 1942. Writes that she wishes they had completed a land deal before because the property is in Mr. Arthur Hedley's name, who is critically ill and no longer lucid.
Letter from Vickie Waldron to Kida family (ddr-one-3-57)
doc Letter from Vickie Waldron to Kida family (ddr-one-3-57)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Vickie Waldron, signed "Aunt Vickie," to the Kida family, addressed as "friends," dated December 9, 1943. Writes that she and Ethel planned on visiting Sarah "Sade" Pyatt, but thought it might upset her to not be able to go home with them. Later told they ...
Envelope from Sarah
doc Envelope from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-34)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt. Postmarked January 5, 1943.
Letter from George Kida to Sarah
doc Letter from George Kida to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-24)
Letter from George Kida, addressed to "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt). George writes that there had been a misunderstanding about his mother, writing that Mrs. Pyatt had wrote that his mother "was in the worst scrape of any of us" and so had assumed she was ill. He called the Krogmans for news of his mother, who ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-32)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated December 18, 1942. Mentions that there is some hope that the Kidas might be able to come home soon. She also writes that the Kidas found good people to work for (Rosella and J ...
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 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 ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-17)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family) on June 16, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt asks after the family's well being after they had been vaccinated. Also tells of visits from several friends, including George Clark, Mr. Johnson, and Mrs. Crogman, who expressed her appreciation of having the Kidas' car to ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-47)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated April 29, 1943. Asks how Kenjiro and George are getting along with their potatoes and beets. She asks if they are living on Mr. Dunaway's place. Notes that the address on their last ...
Letters from James Albert
doc Letters from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida (ddr-one-3-74)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Contains a letter to George Kida and a letter to Miyuki "Kay" Kida from James Albert "Al" Johnson dated January 11, 1945. He wants George to come back to White Salmon to take over their land now that loyal Japanese are allowed to return to the West Coast ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-33)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated January 4, 1943. Says she misses the Kida family and hopes the war will end soon so they can come home. Discusses her health problems.
Letter from Ethel Crow to Kida family (ddr-one-3-59)
doc Letter from Ethel Crow to Kida family (ddr-one-3-59)
Letter from Ethel Crow (Vickie's daughter, Sarah "Sade" Pyatt's niece) to the Kida family in Nyssa, Oregon, dated December 15, 1943. Tells the Kida family that Aunt Sade (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) was taken to Medical Lake the previous Friday because she could not be left alone and could not be cared for properly where ...
Chirstmas card from Mary Hedley to Kida family (ddr-one-3-116)
doc Chirstmas card from Mary Hedley to Kida family (ddr-one-3-116)
Christmas card from Mary Hedley to the Kida family postmarked Dec 10, 1943. Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa Oregon.
The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. I, No. 11 (May 11, 1944) (ddr-densho-284-17)
Selected article titles: "Segregation: 1000 from Jerome, Rohwer Expected Over Weekend" (pp. 1-2), "Spanish Delegate to Visit Japanese Nationals Here" (p. 1), and "CA Contacting Other Centers to Obtain Japanese Movies" (p. 4).
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 85, No. 9 (August 26, 1977) (ddr-pc-49-33)
Selected article titles: "HUD Exempts Seattle Housing for Asian Elderly" (p.1), "Another 'Profile in Courage' Filed" (p.1-2), "Postwar Japanese American Marriages Still a Problem" (p.1), "Uwajimaya Schedules $1.5 Million Expansion" (p.3), "1977 JACL-Hayashi Law Awards Made" (p.4).
Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1001-3-24)
vh Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1001-3-24)
Interaction with non-Japanese Americans after the war: mostly supportive
Bob Y. Sakata Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-216-13)
vh Bob Y. Sakata Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-216-13)
Relocating to Colorado after hearing about the policies of Colorado Governor Carr
Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-87-6)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-87-6)
Experiencing prejudice on the way to Spokane

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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