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Letter to Dear Friend from the Gordon Hirabayashi Defense Committee, January 1943

Fundraising letter requesting contributions for taking Gordon Hirabayashi's case to the Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. At the time of writing, Hirabayashi was imprisoned in King County, Washington. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JAIC_1-07_01
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Letter from C. Walter Borton and Homer L. Morris to Dear Friend, May 21, 1943

Report to people who have contributed financial support for the Gordon Hirabayashi case on the hearing before the Supreme Court. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: JAIC_1-07_02
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Civilian Exclusion Order No. 79

Prior to mass removal, exclusion areas were described in civilian exclusion orders posted by Lieutenant General John DeWitt of the Western Defense Command. Civilian Exclusion Area No. 79 included a portion of South King County, Washington. Maps detailing the prohibited area were also posted.
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"Evacuation" instructions

Instructions for persons of Japanese ancestry preparing for mass removal.
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"Evacuation" instructions


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Nisei helping to post exclusion orders

Some of the Nisei men on Bainbridge Island helped the soldiers hand out and post the exclusion notice that gave instructions for the exclusion of the Japanese American community on Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge Island, Washington was one of the first areas to be evacuated due to its proximity to the ...
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Soldiers posting exclusion orders

Original museum cataloging information: Special instructions. Army's edict. Soldier nailing up placards containing Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1 and special instructions to all Japanese residents of Bainbridge Island, telling them exactly how they are to comply with evacuation decree. Based on information from the museum, it appears the exclusion orders ...
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Three men looking at a mass removal map

Japanese Americans looking at a map of the mass removal districts. The map was posted at the Japanese American Citizens League office. Original Seattle Post-Intelligencer caption: "Marching orders; Japanese residents of Seattle studying a map in the office of the Japanese-American Citizen's League showing the areas from which all members ...
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Soldier and Nisei posting Civilian Exclusion Order No. 1


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Policemen posting exclusion orders


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