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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Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mitsuko Nakamura (ddr-densho-356-381)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mitsuko Nakamura (ddr-densho-356-381)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mitsuko Nakamura in which Mistuko tells about her first days in Crystal City and how it differs from Amache. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Akiko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-2)
doc Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Akiko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-2)
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from his daughter Akiko Miyagi. Akiko tells about a sandstorm on July 3rd, how her younger brother Donald can now say "goodbye" and how the tempature in Arizona is very hot. Per donor, this letter was written by the older sister Takeko (aged 9) for Akiko (aged 3).
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Takeko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-3)
doc Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Takeko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-3)
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from his daughter Takeko Miyagi. Takeko writes about how her brother just turned 7 months old, how she hopes her father enjoyed the postcards from her younger sisters Akiko and Yoko, and tells him about going to school.
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Takeko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-4)
doc Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Takeko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-4)
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from his daughter Takeko Miyagi. Takeko writes about receiving candy from Yuhachi, how her sister, Akiko, was excited about the last telegram they received from him, and a watermelon the family bought.
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Yoko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-1)
doc Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from Yoko Miyagi (ddr-densho-416-1)
Postcard to Yuhachi Miyagi from his daughter Yoko Miyagi. Yoko writes about how her sister Akiko misses him and wants him to join the family soon. Yoko also writes about her her brother Donald stood up for the first time on July 1st. Per donor, this letter was written by the older sister Takeko (aged 9) …
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 26 (June 29, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-74)
Selected article titles: "Units of Two Centers to Close by Oct." (p. 1), "400 Arrive at Santa Fe Camp" (p. 1), "13,652 Relocate in Dec. 31-June 16 Period" (p. 2), and "Boxing Show Features Double Main Event" (p. 6).
Buildings at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1507)
img Buildings at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1507)
Aerial color photograph of buildings 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_1509
Japanese school at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1520)
img Japanese school at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1520)
Color photograph depicting the Japanese school and bridge in the background and a boy playing near a stream in the foreground at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 144. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
First large list of staple drugs, the most money I ever spent in one day which of course means nothing to anyone, except myself (ddr-csujad-55-1378)
doc First large list of staple drugs, the most money I ever spent in one day which of course means nothing to anyone, except myself (ddr-csujad-55-1378)
Order form including list of staple drugs for use at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Form includes name of drugs, quantity, unit, price, and amount. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 49. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
1943 Christmas greetings (ddr-csujad-55-1463)
doc 1943 Christmas greetings (ddr-csujad-55-1463)
Program for a Christmas pageant at the Protestant Church at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 111. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1465
Weinachts programm 1944 Internierungslager Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1481)
doc Weinachts programm 1944 Internierungslager Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1481)
Program for a German Christmas Eve celebration at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 124. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1483
Label used for repatriation baggage (ddr-csujad-55-1490)
doc Label used for repatriation baggage (ddr-csujad-55-1490)
Label used for luggage of former internees during repatriation. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 130. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1492
Housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1366)
img Housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1366)
Scrapbook page containing six black and white photographs depicting barracks and housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. One photograph shows five unidentified Caucasian children. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 37. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Swimming pool during construction at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1477)
img Swimming pool during construction at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1477)
Scrapbook page containing text and six black and white photographs of the swimming pool during construction at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 120. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1479
Program from Christmas party for medical staff at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1387)
doc Program from Christmas party for medical staff at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1387)
Program for a Christmas party for the medical staff at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 56. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1389
Inside some of the homes (ddr-csujad-55-1370)
img Inside some of the homes (ddr-csujad-55-1370)
Scrapbook page containing five black and white photographs of the interiors of barracks at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes a photograph of a group of three individuals (most likely internees). Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 41. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this …
Post office at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1519)
img Post office at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1519)
Color photograph of the post office building at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 144. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1521
Surveillance Office and facilities at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1446)
img Surveillance Office and facilities at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1446)
Scrapbook page containing seven black and white photographs of the surveillance office, main gate, visitation house, guard tower, and aerial views of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 97. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Greenery, roads, and walks being built by housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1367)
img Greenery, roads, and walks being built by housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1367)
Scrapbook page containing six black and white photographs depicting barracks and housing at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes images of three unidentified Japanese children and two unidentified individuals. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 38. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities …
Near hospital gate; Near the Bitterroot River (ddr-csujad-55-1339)
doc Near hospital gate; Near the Bitterroot River (ddr-csujad-55-1339)
Four mounted black and white photographs depicting groups of individuals "near the Bitterroot River" and "near the hospital gate" at Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947" page 10. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Federal Elementary School Class of 1944 eight grade graduation (ddr-csujad-55-1425)
doc Federal Elementary School Class of 1944 eight grade graduation (ddr-csujad-55-1425)
Program for the Federal Elementary School graduation ceremony at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For scrapbook page with program 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_1427
Officers mess hall; Culinary staff for hospital and officers mess (ddr-csujad-55-1454)
img Officers mess hall; Culinary staff for hospital and officers mess (ddr-csujad-55-1454)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs depicting groups of internees dining in the mess hall and a group photograph of the hospital and officers mess culinary staff. Title from caption. See also sac_jaac_1455. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 103. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in …
Description of Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1335)
doc Description of Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1335)
Brief description of the Italian and Japanese internment at Fort Missoula Department of Justice Internment Camp. Included in the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 6. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1337
Grocery store (ddr-csujad-55-1438)
doc Grocery store (ddr-csujad-55-1438)
Description of the grocery store, food rationing, and eating habits of internees at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 89. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1440
Description of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1355)
doc Description of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1355)
Scrapbook page containing a description of the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 26. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1357
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