Nyssa, Oregon in 1942 -[pictures] The population changed drastically when Japanese Americans worked at a labor camp in 1942

Nyssa is a city in Malheur County, Oregon, United States. The population was 3,267 at the 2010 census.

“In 1942, during World War II, Japanese Americans who had been removed from their West Coast homes worked in a farm labor camp outside Nyssa. Most of these internees came from the Portland Assembly Center and had volunteered to work in the Farm Security Administration camp to avoid incarceration.”1

In July of 1942, Russell Lee, a photographer from the Farm Security Administration, took the following pictures of like in the camp.

Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon girl and man umbrella July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon -Lady and man under an umbrella at the Baseball game July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon2 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon 3 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Baseball game in Nyssa, Oregon July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

One hundred canvas tents

The camp consisted of approximately 100 canvas tents, each containing a wood stove and a bare light bulb, as well as laundry and bathroom facilities and one public tent used for meetings, dances and church services.

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA (Farm Security Administration) mobile camp. Japanese-American farm workers outside their tentNyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. Japanese-American farm workers outside their tent July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. A Japanese-American farm worker's family having lunchNyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. A Japanese-American farm worker’s family having lunch July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, family cleans up tent home, July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. Japanese-Americans clean up their tent home  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, family cleans up tent home, July 1942 2 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. Japanese-Americans clean up their tent home  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. Japanese-Americans clean up their tent home 3 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA mobile camp. Japanese-Americans clean up their tent home  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans 2 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans 3 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of CongressNyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans 4 July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of CongressNyssa, Oregon. FSA tent home of Japanese-Americans  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress

Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent homes of Japanese-Americans July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)Nyssa, Oregon. FSA tent homes of Japanese-Americans  July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress

mobile camp now inhabited by Japanese-Americans who volunteered to do farm work.Nyssa, Oregon, mobile camp inhabited by Japanese-Americans who volunteered to do farm work. The U.S. Employment Service and the local sugar beet companies made agreements as to wages, working conditions, transportation, recreational facilities and medical care. July 1942 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

 Subject to curfew and not permitted to leave

Although the facilities were not fenced in and the laborers were trucked into Nyssa once a week for recreation and shopping, Japanese Americans were subject to a curfew and were not permitted to leave the camp without an escort.

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