Department of Justice camps

More than 5,500 Japanese immigrants (Issei) were arrested by the FBI following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Most were sent first to temporary Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detention stations and then transferred to Department of Justice (DOJ) internment camps, where they waited to appear before the Alien Enemy Hearing Board. These hearings determined whether the Issei would remain in the internment camps or be "released" to the War Relocation Authority (WRA) concentration camps. After the hearings, most of the Issei were sent to U.S. Army internment camps. The U.S. Army, charged with detaining military prisoners of war (POWs), then returned the Issei internees to DOJ control. The DOJ camps also interned Italian and German nationals and Japanese Latin Americans. Most of the DOJ internment camps held only men who had been separated from their families, but three camps housed single women and families. The camps were run by the INS, part of the Department of Justice.

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Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Crystal City (detention facility), Fort Lincoln (Bismarck) (detention facility), Fort Missoula (detention facility), Fort Stanton (detention facility), J. Edgar Hoover, Kenedy (detention facility), Kooskia (detention facility), Old Raton (detention facility), Santa Fe (detention facility), Seagoville (detention facility), Sites of incarceration

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Swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1509)
img Swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1509)
Color photograph of the swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 140. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1511
Baby formula instructions provided at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1401)
doc Baby formula instructions provided at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1401)
Instructions for baby formula based on age and weight of the baby using either whole milk or evaporated milk, and food lists for infants under one year of age, from the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 62. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See …
Before I forget, 1942-1947, cover-foreword (ddr-csujad-55-1332)
doc Before I forget, 1942-1947, cover-foreword (ddr-csujad-55-1332)
Introduction of the "Before I Forget, 1942-1947" scrapbook created by Mary F. Clark, head nurse at Crystal City Internment Camp. See also sac_jaac_1335 through 1379. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1334
Envelope from Crystal City internee to Miss Mary F. Clark, June 2, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1405)
doc Envelope from Crystal City internee to Miss Mary F. Clark, June 2, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1405)
Note from an internee at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp to Mary Clark, originally accompanied by two doily drink coasters. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 66. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1407
Family life (ddr-csujad-55-1363)
doc Family life (ddr-csujad-55-1363)
Scrapbook page containing Clark's description of daily life, living arrangements, and families at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 34. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1365
Star Festival (ddr-csujad-55-1470)
doc Star Festival (ddr-csujad-55-1470)
Program for the Star Festival at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 114. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1472
Hospital entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1518)
img Hospital entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1518)
Color photograph of the hospital building and entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 143. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1520
Hell in Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1354)
doc Hell in Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1354)
Scrapbook page containing a card including a poem "Hell in Texas" with commentary by Clark. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 25. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1356
Mary Clark in her garden and an aerial view of Ft. Missoula main area (ddr-csujad-55-1340)
doc Mary Clark in her garden and an aerial view of Ft. Missoula main area (ddr-csujad-55-1340)
Black and white photographs depicting Mary Clark in her garden and an aerial view of the Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947" page 11. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1342
Adios Nuestra amiga nosotros te recordamos pasa todo el tiempo! (ddr-csujad-55-1526)
doc Adios Nuestra amiga nosotros te recordamos pasa todo el tiempo! (ddr-csujad-55-1526)
Handmade goodbye card with signatures. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 146. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1528
In honor of Meiji (ddr-csujad-55-1458)
img In honor of Meiji (ddr-csujad-55-1458)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs depicting Japanese Boy Scouts in uniform honoring Meiji. Title from caption. See also sac_jac_1461. From Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 107. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1460
Beauty shop; Printing shop (ddr-csujad-55-1440)
doc Beauty shop; Printing shop (ddr-csujad-55-1440)
Scrapbook page containing black and white photographs and descriptions of the beauty salon and printing shop at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 91. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Commencement program, Federal High School (ddr-csujad-55-1420)
doc Commencement program, Federal High School (ddr-csujad-55-1420)
Program for the Federal High School graduation ceremony at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with programs see sac_jaac_1421. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 76. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1422
Internal relations and security offices (ddr-csujad-55-1449)
img Internal relations and security offices (ddr-csujad-55-1449)
Scrapbook page containing an aerial black and white photograph of buildings at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes a list of building names and numbers. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 100. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Statement regarding transfer out of Ft. Missoula, Montana, and poem card (ddr-csujad-55-1349)
doc Statement regarding transfer out of Ft. Missoula, Montana, and poem card (ddr-csujad-55-1349)
Scrapbook page containing Clark's reflections on being transferred from her position at Fort Missoula. Includes a poem, "Out Where the West Begins" by Arthur Chapman. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 20. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1351
Ariel views of sections; Sections of
img Ariel views of sections; Sections of "the area" (ddr-csujad-55-1358)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white aerial photographs of the barracks and buildings of "sections" at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 29. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Letter from Bruno Miller to Larry R. Elwood, Liaison Officer, Internment Camp Crystal City, July 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1393)
doc Letter from Bruno Miller to Larry R. Elwood, Liaison Officer, Internment Camp Crystal City, July 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1393)
Correspondence from Bruno Miller, internee, to Larry R. Elwood, Liaison Officer at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp regarding Miller's request for larger living quarters to accommodate his growing family. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 60. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities …
Aerial photograph of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1512)
img Aerial photograph of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1512)
Aerial color photograph of the buildings and horizon line at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 141. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1514
Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1422)
doc Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1422)
Invitation to the Federal High School and Eighth Grade graduation ceremony at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with programs see sac_jaac_1421. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 76. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1511)
img Swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1511)
Color photograph of the swimming pool at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 141. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1513
Baby formula instructions provided at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1400)
doc Baby formula instructions provided at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1400)
Instructions in Japanese for baby formula based on age and weight of the baby using either whole milk or evaporated milk and food lists for infants under one year of age from the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook,"Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 61. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. …
Hospital grounds (ddr-csujad-55-1337)
img Hospital grounds (ddr-csujad-55-1337)
Four mounted black and white photographs depicting individuals in the flower and vegetable gardens on the hospital grounds at Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp. Caption reads: Hospital grounds. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947" page 8. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California …
Blank page from Mary F. Clark scrapbook,
doc Blank page from Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I forget, 1942-1947" (ddr-csujad-55-1353)
Blank page from the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 24. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1355
Symphonie konzert (ddr-csujad-55-1472)
doc Symphonie konzert (ddr-csujad-55-1472)
Program for the Symphony Concert directed by Max Lasar 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_1474
History of the Surveillance Division 1942-? (ddr-csujad-55-1445)
doc History of the Surveillance Division 1942-? (ddr-csujad-55-1445)
Narrative essay on the history of the Surveillance Division at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 96. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1447
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