M87-06 - MAUDE H. BOEN COLLECTION

Maude H. Boen is the daughter of William Robert and Mattie Morgan Hairston of Conway where she was born in 1906.  (Hairston Street in Conway is named for her father.) Raised in Conway, Mrs. Boen became a teacher and taught a total of 60 years.

A. G. Thompson, Supervisor of Education in the State Department of Education was asked by the War Relocation Authority to appoint a teacher for the Japanese Relocation Center at Jerome, Arkansas.  Jerome was one of two Japanese Relocation Centers in Arkansas, and was about 11 miles from Dermott.  Mrs. Boen was chosen for the position.

At the time of her appointment, Mrs. Boen was the widow of Harry Steele.  While teaching in the relocation camp, she married C. C. Boen and they lived in the Center barracks.  In 1987, Mrs. Boen, now widowed for the second time, lives at the Heritage Center, a retirement facility in Conway.

The papers consist of a small amount of correspondence, school programs, memorabilia and photographs of the Relocation Center at Jerome, and two booklets describing the educational program of the Relocation Center at Topaz, Uath.  They are arranged in one box.

NOTE:  When requesting materials, please specify collection number [M87‑6] and file number.

Tracings:  Cities and Towns ‑ Jerome, Japanese Relocation Centers, Racism, World War II

Photograph Tracings:  Boen, Maude H., Japanese Relocation Centers, World War II

Box 1

File 1 – Correspondence, Programs, and Memorabilia (undated)

File 2 – Photographs

JEROME RELOCATION CENTER

Photo 1 – The barracks at the Jerome Relocation Center – Densen, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 2a & b – Barrack apartment for appointive staff at Jerome Relocation Center – Densen, Arkansas – Block 24 Jerome – 1943

Photo 3 – M.P Watch Tower at the Jerome Relocation Center – 1943

Photo 4 – Steam Plant at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 5 – Sewage Disposal Plant at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 6 – Pump Station – Reservoir at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 7 – Hospital Area at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 8 – Fire Department Crew at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 9 – Warehouses at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 10 – Administration Building at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 11 – East Wooded Area at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 12 – Kindergarten group at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1944

Photo 13 – Faculty – Elementary & Pre-School at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – c. 1943

Photo 14 – Maude Boen in front of her office at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 15 – Baton group in Elementary school at the Jerome Relocation Center – Mr. B.S. Thompson and Terry Chono (Director) - Denson, Arkansas – c. 1944

Photo 16 – Preschool group at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1944

Photo 17 – Yoko Ogata – Student at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1945

Photo 18 – Miss Hoshiko’s 5th grade class at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 19 – 5th grade assembly program at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – 1943

Photo 20 – 4th and 6th grade assembly pageant at the Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – c. 1944

Photo 21 – Evacuee teachers and Mr. Thompson at farewell party for Thompson who was leaving to accept a position with Arkansas Education Association - Jerome Relocation Center – Denson, Arkansas – c.1944

RELOCATION CAMP IN TOPAZ, UTAH

Photo 22 – Preschool Center D – Recreation Hall 37 – Miss Yukiko Maruyama, Head Teacher – Topaz, Utah – 1944

Photo 23 – Preschool and Elementary school faculty - Topaz, Utah – 1944

Photo 24 – Group of women – undated and unidentified

Photo 25 – May Day Festival – 4th graders - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 26 – Classroom with children (names identified on back of photo) - Topaz, Utah – 1944

Photo 27 – Caucasian living quarters - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 28 – Civil Service employee’s housing block - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 29 – Children in front of library – Desert View School Block 8 - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 30 – Living quarters for civil service workers - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 31 – Preschool Center C – Recreation Hall 27 – Miss Helen Fukuchi, head teacher - Topaz, Utah – 1944

Photo 32 – First grade – Desert View School - Topaz, Utah – 1944

Photo 33 – Sixth grade teacher - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 34 – Some kindergarten children in Desert View School Block 41 - Topaz, Utah – c. 1944

Photo 35 – Preschool Center B Recreation 13 – Miss Nobu Yoshimira, head teacher - Topaz, Utah – 1944

File 3 – Newspaper Clippings

File 4 – Brochures, Education Central Utah Project, War Relocation Authority (1945)

File 5 – Brochures, Summary Curriculum Report of Topaz City Education Program (1942-1945)

File 6 – Biography of a Jerome, Arkansas Japanese Relocation Camp Internee (2003)

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