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

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

Yellowed envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Fort Missula with two postmarks from Portland; dated February 6, 1942. Handwritten is “Air Mail/SPECIAL DEL.” on the left side of the envelope; in red pencil “Feb 13” is written below. There are two purple stamps in the lower left corner: one is a "Fee" stamp from the post office, and the second is an "EXAMINED" stamp from Fort Missoula. A third postmark from Missoula dated February 7, 1942, is stamped on the back of the envelope. Inside the envelope is a handwritten note with information about where to obtain passport and marriage license information and a handwritten letter from Kei's wife, Teru , dated February 5, 1942. The letter is written in seven numbered points. It tells of developments in Portland preventing Japanese from obtaining licenses. Teru advising Kei not to trust other Japanese and to trust God. Teru advises that if Kei's trial goes well and he is released he can tend to the business, but if not she will need to obtain a license to look after it. At the bottom of the letter is a purple "EXAMINED" stamp.




Japanese American Museum of Oregon

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