Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama and Eva Koyama

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama in Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in the Portland Assembly Center. The envelope is postmarked Jul 13, 1942. In red pencil “7/16-42” is written just below the postmark. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "CENSORED" stamp with unknown initials below the stamp in blue ink. Inside are two letters to Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama, one from his daughter, Eva Koyama, and his wife, Teru Koyama, both dated July 10, 1942. Eva writes to tell her father that her sister Miriam Kiyo's birthday is coming up and they are surprising her with a gift. She asks in a postscript for him to write soon. The letter from Teru is oversized and is not currently available online. She writes in her letter about missing him, church hymns, and wishing Miriam Kiyo could practice the piano more. She tells him that William received his card and that Eva wished she got more. Advises Kei to write Eva a letter telling her he loves her too. Apologizes for the wrong kind of shirts and will try and get different ones sent. Teru expressing longing for turkey like Kei had, and tells him about the food they had at the holidays. Is happy to hear that he has been able to attend some masses and hopes he can go to more. Advises that she has tried to send the “Minidoka Evacuzette” to him.



Japanese American Museum of Oregon

Courtesy of the Koyama Family Collection, Japanese American Museum of Oregon