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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Blueprint of original hospital plan (ddr-csujad-55-1376)
doc Blueprint of original hospital plan (ddr-csujad-55-1376)
Scrapbook page containing a blueprint of the original hospital plan at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 47. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1378
Menu card from the Conte Biancamano ship (ddr-csujad-55-1347)
img Menu card from the Conte Biancamano ship (ddr-csujad-55-1347)
Menu card with illustration from the Italian steam liner, SS Conte Biancamano. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 18. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1349
Letter from Emil Bayer, German Spokesman, to Robert F. Martin, M.D., Medical Officer in Charge, September 27, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1471)
doc Letter from Emil Bayer, German Spokesman, to Robert F. Martin, M.D., Medical Officer in Charge, September 27, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1471)
Invitation from Emil Bayer to the Symphony Concert 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_1473
Surveillance Division (ddr-csujad-55-1444)
img Surveillance Division (ddr-csujad-55-1444)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs of the Surveillance Division building and a mounted guard at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 95. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1446
Staff of medical division, July 1946 (ddr-csujad-55-1402)
img Staff of medical division, July 1946 (ddr-csujad-55-1402)
Black and white photograph of the staff members in the medical division at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 63. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1404
Federal Elementary Class 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1424)
doc Federal Elementary Class 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1424)
Invitation for the Federal Elementary School graduation ceremony at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with invitation see sac_jaac_1425. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 77. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1426
Water tower at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1504)
img Water tower at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1504)
Color photograph of the water tower at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 139. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1506
Internal Relations Division (ddr-csujad-55-1450)
doc Internal Relations Division (ddr-csujad-55-1450)
Scrapbook page containing an essay on the history and activities of the Internal Relations Division at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes one black and white photograph of the building exterior. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 101. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California …
Description of the sewing project at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1436)
img Description of the sewing project at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1436)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs of items made by the "sewing project" and an invitation to a Christmas party at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 87. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities …
Grammar school tea (ddr-csujad-55-1429)
img Grammar school tea (ddr-csujad-55-1429)
Scrapbook page containing an invitation to an informal tea for grammar school faculty and black and white photographs of the event. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 81. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1431
Near entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1503)
img Near entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1503)
Color photograph of the entrance at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 139. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1505
Letter from Henry W. Roscoe to Mary Clark, October 23, 1947 (ddr-csujad-55-1527)
doc Letter from Henry W. Roscoe to Mary Clark, October 23, 1947 (ddr-csujad-55-1527)
Scrapbook page containing a handwritten note from Henry Roscoe to Mary Clark. 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_1529
Medical officer in charge and his two best friends (ddr-csujad-55-1342)
img Medical officer in charge and his two best friends (ddr-csujad-55-1342)
Black and white photograph of a man in uniform shown standing near two horses. Caption reads, "Medical officer in charge with his two best friends!" Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947" page 13. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Federal Elementary graduation (ddr-csujad-55-1421)
doc Federal Elementary graduation (ddr-csujad-55-1421)
Program for the Federal Elementary 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_1423
Letter from Willy Boeck, German Spokesman, to Dr. Robert F. Martin, Medical Officer in Charge, April 30, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1469)
doc Letter from Willy Boeck, German Spokesman, to Dr. Robert F. Martin, Medical Officer in Charge, April 30, 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1469)
Invitation for the German May Day celebration 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_1471
Letter from Alfred Beck to Mr. J.L. O'Rourke, Officer in Charge, Crystal City internment camp, Autust 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1394)
doc Letter from Alfred Beck to Mr. J.L. O'Rourke, Officer in Charge, Crystal City internment camp, Autust 31, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1394)
Correspondence from Alfred Beck to J.L. O'Rourke, Officer in Charge, regarding optical care for internees at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. 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 Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1396
Signs in four languages at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1382)
doc Signs in four languages at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1382)
Scrapbook page containing a lettered sign with the phrase, "Quiet Please" in English, German, Italian, and Japanese. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 53. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1384
Aerial view of hospital and clinic (ddr-csujad-55-1374)
img Aerial view of hospital and clinic (ddr-csujad-55-1374)
Scrapbook page containing a black and white photograph depicting an aerial view of the hospital and clinic at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 45. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Letter from Motokazu Mori, Chief, Japanese Young People Division, to Miss March Clark, March 7, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1468)
doc Letter from Motokazu Mori, Chief, Japanese Young People Division, to Miss March Clark, March 7, 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1468)
Invitation for the spring events presented by the Japanese Young People Division at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 113. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1470
Memo and a newspaper clipping regarding the repatriation process at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1497)
doc Memo and a newspaper clipping regarding the repatriation process at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1497)
Scrapbook page containing a memo from J.L. O'Rourke and a newspaper clipping regarding the repatriation process at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 136. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1499
Medical staff, August 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1389)
img Medical staff, August 1945 (ddr-csujad-55-1389)
Scrapbook page containing a black and white photograph depicting the medical staff in uniform at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 58. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1391
Syllabus of course instruction for Red Cross volunteer nurse's aides (ddr-csujad-55-1380)
doc Syllabus of course instruction for Red Cross volunteer nurse's aides (ddr-csujad-55-1380)
Scrapbook page with attached booklet, Syllabus of Course of Instruction for Red Cross Volunteer Nurses Aides used for hospital staff at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Digital object shows cover only; original booklet is 50 pages. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 51. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See …
History of the medical division (ddr-csujad-55-1375)
doc History of the medical division (ddr-csujad-55-1375)
Memorandum of understanding from J.L. O'Rourke to Division Heads requesting a written history of the divisions at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp and a historical narrative written by Mary F. Clark about the Medical Division at Crystal City. Historical narrative describes internees, procedures, challenges, and statistics. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I …
Jr Sr colonial winter program (ddr-csujad-55-1418)
doc Jr Sr colonial winter program (ddr-csujad-55-1418)
Program for the Federal High School Junior-Senior "Colonial Winter" Banquet at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with programs, see sac_jaac_1418. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 75. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1420
Administrative building with the flag at half mast for President Roosevelt (ddr-csujad-55-1500)
img Administrative building with the flag at half mast for President Roosevelt (ddr-csujad-55-1500)
Scrapbook page containing an aerial black and white photograph of the flags at half mast in honor of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 137. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1502
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