Shelley, Idaho farm labor camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073778-D.
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Twin Falls, Idaho farm labor camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073771-D.
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Rupert, Idaho farm labor camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073909-D.
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Nyssa, Oregon farm labor camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073602-D.
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A worker at the Twin Falls camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073759-D.
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Housing at the Rupert camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073843-D.
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Child living at the Shelley camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073787-D.
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Cleaning pots and pans at the Twin Falls camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073757-D.
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Pictured clockwise from the bottom left: Jack, Shizuko, Henry, Thomas, Kiuda, Shizuyo, Mary, and Rosie Ouchida at the Nyssa camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073354-D.
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Housing at the Twin Falls camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073768-D.
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Cooking rice at the Shelley camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073801-D.
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Preparing lunch at the Rupert camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073844-D.
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Dr. Louie Maulding administering a vaccination to Yasu Teramura at the Nyssa camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073345-D.
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Farm laborers from the Twin Falls camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073809-E.
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Laborer from the Rupert camp moving irrigated water, July 1942. LC-USF34-073923-E.
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Laborers from the Nyssa camp, July 1942. LC-USF33-013305-M1.
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May Uchiyama at the Nyssa camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073699-E.
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Worker hoeing sugar beets near the Shelley labor camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073828-E.
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Workers from the Rupert camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073890-D.
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Pictured left to right: Anne Morishita, Nancy Morishita, Dorothy Iwasaki, Rose Iwasaki, and Kay Morishita at the Nyssa camp, July 1942. LC-USF34-073607-D.
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On February 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066,
the instrument that authorized the forced removal and incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. Denied their civil liberties, they were held in camps operated by the War Relocation Authority. Between 1942 and 1944, some 33,000 individual contracts were issued for seasonal farm labor, with many working in the sugar beet industry.
This exhibit introduces their story.

The Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission has collected more than a dozen oral history interviews with those who lived in farm labor camps. This video features excerpts from these interviews, sharing first hand accounts of the Japanese American wartime experience and life in the labor camps.

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  Uprooted was recently featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Talk Out Loud. Our curator, Morgen Young, was joined by Aya Fujii and Taka Mizote. The sisters shared their memories of the farm labor camps in Nyssa and Adrian, Oregon. Listen …

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“In May, when the thinning and blocking of sugar beets took place, we left and went to Twin Falls farm labor camp.”

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