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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Woman en route to the shower

Kadju Nishimura of Block 26 is on her way to take a shower. Note the Japanese clogs, called geta, that she is wearing. Geta enabled her to keep her feet clean while she walked through the dirt and mud.
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Stockade wood-burning stove

In 1943, Tule Lake concentration camp became a segregation center. A stockade was built to detain those who were considered security risks by the WRA. This wood-burning stove was used to help heat the stockade.
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Memo from [Willard E.] Schmidt, Chief of Administrative Police, to [Raymond R.] Best, [1944]

Regards arming the Administrative Police Section, including reasons for using the sawed-off shotgun vs. the 45 automatic pistol for security purposes, and the potential for escalation of tensions in a "divided camp (anti and pro, status quo)." See also the related typewritten memo, Memorandum from Willard [E.] Schmidt, Chief, Administrative ...
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Facilities, services, and camp administration

June T. Watanabe Interview Segment 9

Working for the block manager's office in camp
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Dennis Bambauer Interview Segment 4

A traumatic experience leaving camp to join adoptive family
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Russell Demo Interview Segment 8

A typical day as a camp MP
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Impact of incarceration

[Ray R. Best had close call with detention camp mob], biographical news article on Tule Lake Camp Director Raymond Best

Biographical newspaper article about Tule Lake Camp Director Raymond R. Best and his role during the November 1943 protests at the camp, lead to martial law. Describes how his life was in danger during the protests and his diplomatic work after the camp closed. See this object in the California ...
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Letter from residents requesting prisoner release, February 18, 1944

Letter from residents requesting the release of two incarerees: Wataru Obara, and Hiroichi Shimamura, detained in army stockades at Tule Lake Camp. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0008
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[Minutes of the regular meeting of the divisional responsible men and the Co-ordinating committee of the Tule Lake Center, March 10, 1944]

Meeting minutes of incarceree-led Tule Lake Camp government. Described vandalism and profanity incidents within the schools and camp clean-up and fire protection. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: sjs_sch_0024
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