The Yoshihara Collection consists of several documents from the 1940s, including a poem written in Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, an application for U.S. citizenship, and government-issued identification cards.
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Courtesy of Art Abe
doc Poem written in camp (ddr-densho-126-1)
Jim Yoshihara wrote the poem "Damned Fence" while incarcerated at Minidoka.
doc Letter denying naturalization to Issei male (ddr-densho-126-2)
Until 1952 U.S. law forbade people of Japanese ancestry from becoming naturalized citizens. This letter was sent to George Mitsutaro Yoshihara, an issei male who applied for U.S. citizenship in 1947.
doc Application for naturalization (ddr-densho-126-3)
U.S. law forbade people of Japanese ancestry from becoming naturalized citizens until 1952. This document is an application for naturalization filed by an issei male in 1947.
doc Citizen's indefinite leave card (ddr-densho-126-4)
A card given by the War Relocation Authority (WRA) to Nisei who were allowed to leave the camps indefinitely for work or school.
doc Alien certificate of identification (ddr-densho-126-6)
After the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Issei were required to carry identification documents because of their alien status. (Issei were barred from becoming naturalized citizens until 1952.) This document belonged to George Mitsutaro Yoshihara, a permanent U.S. resident since 1902. The identification certificate was the same size as an American passport and …