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Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection

Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection

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Finding aid for the Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection


Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700

June 24, 2011

Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
creatorGould, Rosalie Santine, 1926-
Creator:Vogel, Mabel Rose Jamison, 1905-1994
Title: Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection
Dates: 1942-2002
Quantity: 10.0 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains materials from the Rohwer Relocation Center, including autobiographies of Japanese American students interned at Rohwer, correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, and photographs.
Identification: BC.MSS.10.49
Language: English


The collection is arranged topically and chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Japanese American material collected by Mabel Rose Jamison Vogel and Rosalie Santine Gould. The collection contains school related materials from the Rohwer Relocation Center, including autobiographies of Japanese American students interned at Rohwer, correspondence, clippings, pamphlets, photographs, and various other items.

Biographical Information

In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law Executive Order 9066 that forcibly removed approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from the west coast states and Hawaii during World War II. The majority were American citizens. They were interned in one of ten camps located in the interior of the United States. Two of those camps were located thirty miles apart in southeast Arkansas, Rohwer in Desha County and Jerome in neighboring Drew County.

Rohwer opened in September 1942, followed by Jerome in October. The majority of the internees in Arkansas were from California. The Jerome Relocation Camp closed in 1944 and internees were transferred to Rohwer. Finally, on January 1, 1945, California reopened for evacuees to return home. Rohwer with its fifty-one blocks of residential barracks, schools, churches, and hospitals, closed in November 1945. The camps were dismantled and equipment and buildings sold at auction. However, through the years, two Arkansas women, Rosalie Gould and Mable Rose Jamison Vogel played pivotal roles in the preservation and memory of Arkansas' relocation camps.

Rosalie Santine Gould was born July 17, 1926, in Tillar, Arkansas, seventeen miles from Rohwer. She was a student at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville during the war, but did not complete her studies. She returned home and married Joe Gould Jr. and they moved to Rohwer in 1949. He died in 1963. His family had owned the land where the Rohwer Relocation Center once stood. Gould, a farm owner, moved to McGehee, Arkansas, in 1981, where she became interested in the camps. She later met former internees who returned to the area for visits. She became mayor of McGehee in 1983 and served until 1995. During this time, she worked with Sam Y. Yada, a former Rohwer internee who remained in Arkansas after the war and George T. Sakaguchi of St. Louis, project director for the Rowher restoration.

Mable Rose (Jamie) Jamison Vogel was born September 11, 1905. She lived in Little Rock with her family before taking a new job at Rohwer Relocation Center High School as an art teacher. She married Herbert S. Vogel in February 1945 in her camp barrack. Vogel became very close to her students and even after resigning in May 1945 and moving to New York, she maintained contact through correspondence. By 1947, Vogel had moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she taught school from 1950 to 1968. Having kept many of the art pieces produced by her students at Rohwer, she sought ways to share their art and story of internment during World War II. In 1983, Vogel moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to live closer to her sisters. Through her efforts, items from her collection were exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum in 1986 as a part of the "Constitutional Bicentennial" exhibit on internment camps, and the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California. A friendship developed between Rosalie Gould and Mabel Vogel through their shared interest in the history of Rohwer. Mabel Rose Jamison Vogel died at age 88 on September 1, 1994 in Memphis, Tennessee. She willed her vast collection of Japanese American material to Gould.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Gould, Rosalie Santine, 1926-
Japanese Americans -- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Jerome Relocation Center (Ark.)
Rohwer Relocation Center (Ark.)
Sakaguchi, George T., 1919-1996
Vogel, Mabel Rose Jamison, 1905-1994
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Arkansas -- Jerome
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Arkansas -- Rohwer
World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war
Yada, Sam Yataka, 1906-1991


Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating, in-house use only.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rosalie Santine Gould-Mabel Jamison Vogel collection, MSS.10.49, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Roaslie Gould, 2010

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