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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Report on the present health conditions and medical provisions of the German group at camp Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1396)
doc Report on the present health conditions and medical provisions of the German group at camp Crystal City, Texas (ddr-csujad-55-1396)
Report on health conditions, diseases, and medical provisions for German internees at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From 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_1398
American grammar school; Back of the Japanese school; German school (ddr-csujad-55-1427)
img American grammar school; Back of the Japanese school; German school (ddr-csujad-55-1427)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the American, Japanese, and German schools at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 79. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project …
Japanese carnival (ddr-csujad-55-1476)
img Japanese carnival (ddr-csujad-55-1476)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs depicting the Japanese craft and needlework fair at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 119. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Exhibit of Japanese
img Exhibit of Japanese "brush" writing (ddr-csujad-55-1483)
Scrapbook page containing six black and white photographs of a Japanese calligraphy exhibit at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 126. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1485
Citrus grove; Apiary in the citrus grove (ddr-csujad-55-1441)
img Citrus grove; Apiary in the citrus grove (ddr-csujad-55-1441)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the citrus grove and apiary at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 92. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1443
Hirayama family aboard the Liner Matsonian (ddr-csujad-55-1496)
img Hirayama family aboard the Liner Matsonian (ddr-csujad-55-1496)
Scrapbook page containing a black and white photograph of the Hirayama family aboard the steam liner, Matsonian, as they are repatriated to Japan. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 135. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1498
Commencement program, Federal High School; Federal Elementary graduation; Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1419)
doc Commencement program, Federal High School; Federal Elementary graduation; Commencement program (ddr-csujad-55-1419)
Scrapbook page containing programs for the Federal Elementary and High School graduation ceremonies at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. For programs, see sac_jaac_1422, sac_jaac_1423, and sac_jaac_1424. 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 …
Japanese Girl and Boy Scouts at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1460)
img Japanese Girl and Boy Scouts at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1460)
Scrapbook page containing two black and white photographs of Japanese Girl Scouts and Girl and Boy Scout leaders at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 109. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Letter from S.F. Oliver, (Surg) UEPES, Medical Officer in Charge to Mr. Elwood, Liaison Division, Crystal City, Texas, August 20, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1395)
doc Letter from S.F. Oliver, (Surg) UEPES, Medical Officer in Charge to Mr. Elwood, Liaison Division, Crystal City, Texas, August 20, 1943 (ddr-csujad-55-1395)
Correspondence from S. F. Oliver, Medical Officer in Charge, to Larry Elmwood, Liaison Office, regarding a request for preferential medical treatment for the Schnellbach 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 Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1397
Victory Hut area at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1514)
img Victory Hut area at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1514)
Color photograph of the "Victory Huts" at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 142. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1516
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-55-1379)
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-55-1379)
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 …
German recreation hall; Camp laundry (ddr-csujad-55-1447)
img German recreation hall; Camp laundry (ddr-csujad-55-1447)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the German recreation hall and the camp laundry building at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 98. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American …
Clothing store at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1434)
img Clothing store at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1434)
Scrapbook page containing five black and white photographs of the interior and exterior of the clothing store at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 85. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: …
Medical certificate (concerning ability of alien to travel), Form I-142 (ddr-csujad-55-1487)
doc Medical certificate (concerning ability of alien to travel), Form I-142 (ddr-csujad-55-1487)
Blank form used for the purposes of providing a medical certificate for chronically ill internees preparing to be repatriated to their home country from the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Form I-149. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 129. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the …
Main gate (ddr-csujad-55-1362)
img Main gate (ddr-csujad-55-1362)
Scrapbook page containing a black and white photograph of the main gated entrance to Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Includes a brief description by Clark. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 33. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Envelopes for two letters from Italy to internees in Ft. Missoula, Montana (ddr-csujad-55-1344)
doc Envelopes for two letters from Italy to internees in Ft. Missoula, Montana (ddr-csujad-55-1344)
Two mounted envelopes for correspondence from internees, postmarked from Missoula, Montana to Italy showing censorship stamps and other postmarks. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 15. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1346
Medical Division (ddr-csujad-55-1373)
doc Medical Division (ddr-csujad-55-1373)
Title page for the "Medical Division" section from the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 44. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1375
Buildings and sign near the entrance to Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1508)
img Buildings and sign near the entrance to Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1508)
Color photograph of the buildings and sign near the entrance to 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_1510
Aerial photograph of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1513)
img Aerial photograph of Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1513)
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 142. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1515
Federal High School; Corner of Japanese school (ddr-csujad-55-1426)
img Federal High School; Corner of Japanese school (ddr-csujad-55-1426)
Scrapbook page containing three black and white photographs of the Federal High School and Japanese school at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 78. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization …
Repatriation statistics and clipping (ddr-csujad-55-1494)
doc Repatriation statistics and clipping (ddr-csujad-55-1494)
Scrapbook page containing statistics on repatriation from Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp and a newspaper clipping including a photograph of a Japanese family as they returned to Japan. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 133. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
First class of nurses aides (ddr-csujad-55-1381)
img First class of nurses aides (ddr-csujad-55-1381)
Scrapbook page containing four mounted black and white photographs of groups of female nurses aides in uniform at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Two photographs show scrapbook compiler, Mary F. Clark, one sitting at a desk and the other with a group of nurses aides. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, …
Administration staff of Crystal City Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1330)
img Administration staff of Crystal City Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1330)
Black and white photograph of the administration staff at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sac_jaac_1332
Recreational activities at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1479)
img Recreational activities at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp (ddr-csujad-55-1479)
Scrapbook page containing black and white photographs of Girl Scout activities, football and baseball fields, basketball court, and a German Christmas play at Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 122. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese …
Christmas in the American grammar school 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1428)
img Christmas in the American grammar school 1944 (ddr-csujad-55-1428)
Scrapbook page containing five black and white photographs of groups of students and teachers during the Christmas season. Images taken at the American Grammar School at the Crystal City Department of Justice Internment Camp. Title from caption. From the Mary F. Clark scrapbook, "Before I Forget, 1942-1947," page 80. See also sac_jaac_1334 through sac_jaac_1529. See this …
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