Facilities, services, and camp administration

Dinner was served

Caption: "Dinner was served - and consumed standing up owing to lack of tables and chairs. Camp steward Arthur Hirano, former New York restauranteur. His first menu consisted of beef stew, steamed rice, string beans, peas, apricots, bread and jelly. His customers were appreciative."
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Interior of camp office

Yoneko Tanaka (seated, facing the camera) working in the camp's co-op office.
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Military police on watchtower

Original WRA caption: Arcadia, California. Military police on duty in watch-tower at the Santa Anita Assembly Center for evacuees of Japanese ancestry. Evacuees are transferred to War Relocation Authority Centers for the duration.
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Construction workers with military police

Original WRA caption: Manzanar Relocation Center, Manzanar, California. Time out to talk over the construction of water pipes at this War Relocation Authority center.
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Impact of incarceration

Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama

One cent postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked Aug 28, 1942. Below the postmark “Sept 1 1942,” is written in red pencil. On the left side of the postcard is a purple "Censored" stamp. The message ...
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Letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from his son William Koyama on Father's Day

A letter written to Kei Koyama from his son William Koyama. It is dated June 21, 1942. In the letter William writes to encourage his father to stay positive and look to God as the rest of the family is doing. In the postscript written on the side of the ...
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Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Yoshi Sato

Envelope addressed to Mr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Yoshio Sato at Minidoka. Postmarked November 11, 1942. In red pencil “Dec 15, 42” is written. Along the right edge of the envelope is a white sticker, on the back side of the envelope it reads "U.S.A. 269 ...
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Living conditions

Japanese Americans behind homemade pond

Shown here are Japanese Americans from Block 26 in front of their handcrafted fish pond.
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Laundry room

The Minidoka concentration camp was divided into thirty-six blocks, each with its own communal laundry facility, like the one shown here.
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Two Japanese Americans inside barracks

Mrs. Shioshi (left) and Mrs. Odoi inside camp barracks. Both had sons in the military.
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