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Rosa A. Heinke Materials

 Collection
Identifier: MC 1896

Scope and Content Note

Materials include a diary, school materials, and materials recounting Heinke's observations of the Rohwer Internment Camp.

Dates

  • Creation: 1935-1944

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

Restrictions Apply: Materials are extremely fragile. Researchers should be cautious when handling items. Because of the fragility of the items, materials are not available for photocopying.

No Interlibrary Loans

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)

Biographical Note

Rosa A. Heinke was born on April 16, 1924 to Robert and Frieda Heinke in Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas. She grew up in Mabelvale, Pulaski County, Arkansas and graduated from Mabelvale High School in 1942. She worked as an assistant art teacher at the Rohwer Internment Camp in McGehee, Desha County, Arkansas in the summer of 1944. During her month-long appointment at Rohwer she kept a diary and recounted the “social life, economic life, and general activities of the Japanese" incarcerees. Her diary also provides a white woman's insight into what daily life was like inside an American concentration camp in Arkansas.

Rosa Heinke died on December 27, 1982 in Mabelvale and was survived by her sister Alma Louise Lowery.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The Rosa A. Heinke Materials were purchased by the Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, on December 16, 2010, from Roy Dudley Estate Sales of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Related Collections

Robert Allen Leflar War Relocation Authority Papers (MS L52)

Arthur Brann Caldwell Collection (MC 209)

U.S. Rohwer Relocation Center, McGehee, Arkansas Records (MC 257)

Ulys A. Lovell War Relocation Authority Material (MC 273)

Virginia Tidball Papers (MC 274)

U.S. War Relocation Authority, Jerome Relocation Center Records (MC 360)

U.S. War Relocation Authority, Jerome Relocation Center Records (MC 452)

Jerome Relocation Center Collection (MC 629)

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Donovan; completed in July 2011. Finding aid language was updated by Melanie Griffin in March 2022 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Source

Subject

Title
Rosa A. Heinke Materials
Status
Completed
Author
Andrew Donovan
Date
2011
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • 2022: Finding aid revised by Melanie Griffin in March 2022 as part of a project to update outdated or harmful description about the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444