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Dorothy A. Vogel photographs

Collection number: ahc.VIS461

Scope and Contents

This collection contains four albums containing photographs related to Dorothy Vogel's life. Images include family, friends, school trips, stylized portraits, and travel destinations such as the Grand Canyon; Yellowstone National Park; Oregon; Miami; New York; and Ontario, Canada. Also included are photographs of Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and United Service Organization (USO) events, dances, and women's basketball, as well as summer camps such as Camp Highland in Plum Lake, Wisconsin; Camp Lenore in Hinsdale, Massachusetts; Camp Quinibeck in Vermont; and Camp Watchaug in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

The albums also feature Dorothy Vogel's daughter, Barbara Vogel, as a teenager and young adult. Of special note is a photograph of Charlene McLemore wearing a wedding dress, probably from her first marriage, and two photographs of Dorothy Vogel (labeled as "the groom") with an unidentified woman in a wedding dress (labeled as "the bride").


  • 1917-1960, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Biographical / Historical

Dorothy Alice Schmitz (1907-1974) was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Franklin Curtiss Schmitz (1870-1946) and Laura East (1871-1961). The couple relocated from Clinton, Iowa, to Brooklyn, New York, after their marriage in 1896. Dorothy married Orrin Sheridan Vogel (1899-1961) in 1933 and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, when Orrin Vogel became employed by the Georgia Power Company. Dorothy and Orrin Vogel had two daughters, Patricia Ann Vogel (1936-2005) and Barbara Jean Vogel (1939-2013) before their divorce in 1939. Afterwards, Patricia Ann Vogel lived with her father and later relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, while Barbara Jean Vogel continued living with her mother in Atlanta. At this time, Dorothy Vogel worked for the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) and also organized United Service Organization (USO) dances. In her 'Atlanta's Unspoken Past' oral history interview, Barbara Vogel states that her mother also had a number of women partners throughout her lifetime.

Barbara Vogel attended Alabama College. later the University of Alabama, as a physical education major. She later attended Grady Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a hospital administrator until her retirement in 2001. She was with her partner, Charlene McLemore (1946-?), from 1990 until Barbara's death. Charlene was born in Kingsport, Tennessee, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1978. She has two children from a previous marriage.


655 photographic print(s) (four photo albums containing 652 photographic prints and three black and white photographic prints)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2005

Related Materials

Charlene McLemore and Barbara Vogel interview, Atlanta's Unspoken Past oral history recordings, VIS 178.010.001, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center

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Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2024.

Dorothy A. Vogel photographs
Akash Das
March 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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