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Guide to the War Records Committee Military Personnel Files 1941-1956

Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Overview of the Collection

Title: Military Personnel Files
Creator: War Records Committee
Dates: 1941-1956
Quantity: 9.5 cf.
Abstract:Case files containing clippings, letters, and photographs, of university students, alumni and staff serving in World War II and the Korean conflict; also committee correspondence and newsletter Letter from the Idaho Camps.
Identification: UG026
Language: English
Repository: University of Idaho Library Special Collections and Archives
Moscow, ID 83844-2351

Arrangement and Description

The material in this archival group was originally in several alphabetical sections. Each individual had his or her own folder. Although folders were combined, the original order was kept. Each series is in alphabetical order, the only filing anomaly being that Mc and Mac are filed at the end of the M's. The women in series IIB are filed under maiden name. The individual folders for military men and women were followed by folders containing alphabetical lists of individuals and material on individuals for whom no folders were made. No attempt was made to integrate these items and they are in folders following the appropriate category.The first series contains "Letter from the Idaho Campus" and committee memorandums. The remaining series contain address cards, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and photographs of military personnel. The women's section includes Red Cross workers as well as military personnel.The commendatory letters were those sent to Mr. Fitzgerald by servicemen telling him how much they appreciated the "Letter" as it kept them informed of the whereabouts of other Idaho students. Many similar letters can be found in the regular alphabetical folders.The Gold Star section contains information on those who died during the war and the information on each person is more numerous than that in the other sections.The final series includes those who fought in World War II and remained in the service as well as those whose military service began with the Korean War.

Scope and Content

The papers of the War Records Committee span the years 1941 to 1956, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1941-1945.

The papers include all 15 issues of the publication "Letters from the Idaho Campus," a newsletter for and about military personnel, and some committee correspondence and memorandums. The bulk of the material consists of newspaper articles, letters, address cards, and photographs, all pertaining to men and women formerly connected with the university who were later serving in the military. There is also a small section devoted to civilian prisoners of war.

The Records of the Alumni Office (UG 25) contain 4x6 cards for MIAS, women in the military, and the Gold Stars.


Administrative/Biographical History

Prior to the formation of the War Records Committee in September 1943, information on former students, alumni, and staff serving in World War II accumulated in the office of the Dean of Men, the Publications Department, and the Alumni Office. O.A. Fitzgerald, director of publications was asked to head the War Records Committee, whose purpose was to maintain contact with military personnel formerly associated with the university, and to preserve data needed for writing a history of the university and the war. At the end of the war the committee disbanded and a separate War Records Division was established in the Alumni Office, and James Lyle assumed the responsibility for record keeping.


Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Colleges and Universities
Idaho

University of Idaho -- Alumni and alumnae
University of Idaho -- Faculty
University of Idaho -- Staff
University of Idaho -- Students
University of Idaho. War Records Committee -- Records

Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Idaho -- Moscow
World War, 1939-1945 -- Idaho -- Moscow

Administrative Information

Source

The files of the War Records Committee were donated to the University of Idaho Library by Alumni Secretary James M. Lyle in January 1963.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Committee Papers 1941-1944
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1/11/1"A Letter From the Idaho Campus" 1944-1945 15 items
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1/21/2Correspondence, Memorandums, etc. 1942-1945 40 items
Series II. General Alphabetical File 1941-1946
A. Men in the Military 1941-1946
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1/3-401/3-40Aa-Cal 1865 items
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2/41-852/41-85Cam-Fz 2187 items
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3/86-1303/86-130Gaa-Jensen, M. 2129 items
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4/131-1754/131-175Jensen, N.-Mis 2162 items
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5/176-2205/176-220Mit-Ric 2078 items
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6/221-2656/221-265Rid-Ter 2086 items
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7/266-2987/266-298Tew-Z 1506 items
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7/299-3207/299-320Lists and those with no folders 429 items
B. Women in the Military 1941-1946
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8/321-3388/321-338A-Z 502 items
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8/3398/339Lists and those with no folders 46 items
C. Civilian Prisoners of War 1941-1945
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8/340-3428/340-342A-Z 56 items
D. Commendatory Letters 1941-1945
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8/3438/343A-Z 81 items
Series III. Gold Stars 1941-1946
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8/344-3858/344-385A-M 1628 items
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9/386-4159/386-415Mc-Z 1149 items
Series IV. Post World War II 1943-1956
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9/416-4419/416-441A-M 992 items
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10/442-45410/442-454N-Z 498 items

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by ArchProteus2003
Language: Finding aid is in English

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