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

Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943)

Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943). Envelope is postmarked April 20, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
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Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Lois Sato

Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from Lois Sato at the Portland Assembely Center. Postmarked Jul 9, 1942. On the left side of the front of the postcard is a red Censored stamp with an unknown signature. On the back of the postcard is a handwritten 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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Living conditions

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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Japanese American in front of a vanity

Yoneko Tanaka from Seattle did her best to make her austere barrack apartment homelike. She constructed the vanity from scrap lumber.
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Japanese Americans carrying plywood

Yoneko Tanaka (left) and Norio Mitsuoka carry away lumber to make furniture.
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