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Photo, Print, Drawing NAACP photographs of African American soldiers in the Army, during World War II

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Title

  • NAACP photographs of African American soldiers in the Army, during World War II

Summary

  • Photos show soldiers stationed at bases and training camps in the U.S. and abroad. Subjects depicted include soldiers receiving military decorations, training exercises and work activities such as constructing an air field in England, transporting supplies with the Transportation Corps, Port Battalion at the New York Port of Embarkation, repairing equipment and automobile engines. Some photos show soldiers at church services, reading, or involved in other leisure activities. Many photos of organized sports events including a track and field competition in Louisiana and Joe Louis in a boxing exhibition for the 5th Army in Italy; some group portraits of basketball teams. Units represented include: an artillery battalion with the 8th Army in Japan; Aviation Engineer Construction Battalion in England; several photos of the 93rd Infantry with combat teams on Bougainville Island; the Quartermaster Corps; the Transportation Corps; the 92nd Infantry Division on maneuvers with the 5th Army in Italy; and the 94th Engineer Construction Battalion working on "Exercise Swarmer" in North Carolina, April 1950. Includes one photo of African American troops guarding German POWs in France; a photo of a ship bringing the 332nd African American Fighter Group (Tuskegee Airmen) into New York City harbor. Prominent people represented in one or more photos: General Eisenhower talking with an African American private at an unidentified location on the Western Front; Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., being awarded Distinguished Service and Legion of Honor medals and shown with the 369th Artillery Regiment of the New York National Guard (NYNG), which he commanded in 1938. Includes individual portraits of soldiers and officers and some group portraits of companies.

Created / Published

  • 1938-1952, bulk 1943-1945.

Headings

  • -  Davis, Benjamin O.,--1880-1970--Military service
  • -  United States.--Army--People--1930-1960
  • -  African Americans--Military service--1930-1960
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Engineering & construction--England
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Military life--American
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Military personnel--American
  • -  Military decorations--1930-1960
  • -  Military training--United States--1930-1960
  • -  Track athletics--Louisiana--1930-1960

Headings

  • Gelatin silver prints--1930-1960.
  • Group portraits--1930-1960.
  • Portrait photographs--1930-1960.

Genre

  • Portrait photographs--1930-1960
  • Group portraits--1930-1960
  • Gelatin silver prints--1930-1960

Notes

  • -  Arrangement: Organized into 10 subject categories: General activities; Japan, 8th Army; Military decorations; Swarmer; Port batallions; Portraits; Recreational activities; Theater of operations; Training; 369th Artillery Regiment, New York National Guard (NYNG).
  • -  Collection finding aid available
  • -  Images available on microfilm (including finding aid). Library of Congress Photoduplication Service.
  • -  Includes several miscellaneous press releases. These are filed in the Prints and Photographs Division Supplementary Archives.
  • -  Most images bear original handwritten or typed identifications; many accompanied by press releases.
  • -  Many images cropped or otherwise marked for publication.
  • -  Lot title devised.
  • -  Forms part of: Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records (Library of Congress).

Medium

  • 289 photographic prints : gelatin silver ; 8 x 10 in. or smaller.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 13106 (F) [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Visual materials from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People records (Library of Congress)

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 95518063

Rights Advisory

Online Format

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Chicago citation style:

NAACP photographs of African American soldiers in the Army, during World War II. United States England Louisiana, 1938. to 1952, Bulk 1943 to 1945. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/95518063/.

APA citation style:

(1938) NAACP photographs of African American soldiers in the Army, during World War II. United States England Louisiana, 1938. to 1952, Bulk 1943 to 1945. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/95518063/.

MLA citation style:

NAACP photographs of African American soldiers in the Army, during World War II. to 1952, Bulk 1943 to 1945. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/95518063/>.