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

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, in Minidoka. Postmarked Mar 8, 1943. In red pencil “Mar 19,1943” is written next to the postmark. In the upper right corner “Internee of War/Free Mail” is written in black ink. Along the left edge of the envelope is clear tape that has browned with the number "483." On the back of the envelope the tape continues with the words “Examined by.” A purple "Received" stamp is also on the back dated Mar 19, 1943. Inside the envelope is a letter from Teru to her husband, Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama dated March 8, 1943. She apologizes for not writing the last 10 days as she had been busy writing their friends in Portland about Kei's retrial. She talks about people leaving the camp for work out east and wishes they could do the same. She talks about the many men who volunteered for the Army from Minidoka and speculates their son William would have joined if he had been old enough.




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