JACL's Bulletin no. 18: Suggestions of Items to Take to Assembly Centers and Relocation Camps

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This is the Yunder-Sutter-Butte Colusa Chapter bulletin of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and is titled Bulletin No. 18, Suggestions of Things to Take. It contains personal notes by Bill Fuchigami on what items he wanted to bring to the relocation camp.
The Bulletin states that mess equipment such as plates, cups, knives, forks, etc, were to be provided at the Assembly and Reception Centers, but would not be provided at the Relocation Centers.
The Bulletin suggests bringing canvasses that were used to roll blankets to use them as flooring in the centers, to bring curtain material to use them as partitions in their temporary living quarters, and also to bring additional bedding.
Other items the Bulletin suggested to bring were soap, small wash tubs, small bassinet cribs, baby necessities, bottles, nipples, bath-warmers, high-chairs and mosquito nets (which Bill underlined). Mirrors, scissors, needles, thread, safety pins, toilet articles, books, portable typewriters, musical instruments, games, athletic equipment, carpenter tools, light sockets, writing materials, extension cords, small radios, bed lamps, and extra bulbs were encouraged. Bill underlined the items mosquito nets, mirrors, books, light sockets, and extension cords.
The clothing the Bulletin suggested that the people should bring were durable items, for there were no dry cleaning facilities in the camps. Other items included bath robes, yukata, shower caps, and shoes.
Of toilet and sanitary articles, the Bulletin suggested to only bring a small amount because there would be a shop to purchase them from.
Bill underlined laundry basins and irons in the laundry equipment section, as well as canteen and water bags dor drinking water. In the margins, Bill wrote "electric plate" and "tea or coffee kettle".
The Bulletin had a list of items that were NOT recommended - refrigerators, bicycles, motorcycles, tricycles, scooters, sewing machines, tubs, chairs (other than nursery chairs), and other furniture.
The Bulletin also stated that storage would be provided and there was no limit on how many boxes would be accepted as long as they were properly crated for shipment. It stated a procedure that would be put in place for the boxed items in storage and where the boxes would be going. It also said that belongings would be shipped to the relocation centers free of charge.
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Japanese American Citizens League
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United States: California, Marysville
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overall: 14 in x 8 7/16 in; 35.56 cm x 21.43125 cm
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Gift of Robert Fuchigami
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