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Selected Holdings Related to Military History

The following is a list of archival records and manuscript collections in the department related to military history. The descriptions consist of the name of the collection, date span of contents, concise information about the contents, and size (lf. refers to linear feet of shelf space; -1 indicates that the collection is less than 1 linear foot in size). A link to a finding aid is provided to a collection when one is available; additional finding aids exist in the department for many of the others. Information about services and materials in the department is also available at Books and periodicals in the University Archives, as well as dissertations, masters' theses, and masters' reports by K-State graduate students, are not included here; however, they are identifiable by searching the online catalog of the K-State Libraries.

For information about the holdings and services of the department, or how to donate collections, contact Anthony R. Crawford, University Archivist and Curator of Manuscripts, Morse Department of Special Collections, Hale Library, Manhattan, KS 66506; 785-532-7456;

Richard ALEXANDER Papers, 1944-1946. ca 250 pieces

Alexander enlisted in the U.S. Navy in1944 (July) and was discharged as a Signalman Third Class in 1946 (May). After training at Farragut Naval Training Station (signalman/quartermaster school) in Idaho and Oceanside, California (XAP Team Communication School), he was stationed at Pearl Harbor and was there when Japan surrendered. He was assigned to the USS LCI (G) 190 (Landing Craft Infantry) which transported Navy Seabees to Okinawa. Also, he was sent to Takao, Formosa (Taiwan) for the purpose of unloading Chiang-Kai Chek's occupation troops, and to the naval base at Subic Bay, Philippines for repair work, before returning to the U.S. The collection contains over 200 handwritten letters from Alexander to his parents in Wichita and Wellington, Kansas during this period. They describe his Navy activities and life at the places mentioned above. Also included are a few of his service records and photographs.

William F.O. BAEHR Papers, 1939-1942. –1 lf.

The collection contains outgoing and incoming correspondence between Baehr and U.S. Senators and Representatives (mostly those from Illinois where Baehr was head librarian of Augustana College) concerning matters related to WWII. Baehr encouraged them to vote for legislation that would keep the U.S. out of the war, especially the Neutrality Act and Embargo Act, in addition to asking for support of the National Committee on Food for Small Democracies proposed by Herbert Hoover.

Robert H. BERLIN Papers, ca 1969-2006. ca 15 lf.

Collection includes Berlin's personal papers related to his research and teaching at several academic institutions; however the bulk of the material pertains to his years at the U.S. Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, 1969-2006, where he held several administrative and teaching positions. Included are: correspondence; photographs; notes; drafts and copies of dissertations, papers, and articles; lecture material; files related to Ft. Leavenworth; printed material; slides; audio and video cassettes; and memorabilia. Berlin also donated his military history library of approximately 1,000 volumes. The collection contains items related to WWII.

Richard and Marion BOYDSTON Papers, 1943-1945. 1.5 lf. Finding aid.

Richard Boydston enlisted in the United States Army after Pearl Harbor in 1942 and was assigned to the Quarter Master Corps. While on leave at his home in Kansas City in June 1943, he had a blind date with Marion Elmer from Manhattan, Kansas. On July 7, 1943, Marion and Richard were married in Riverside, California one month before Richard left for assignment overseas. He was stationed in North Africa, southern Italy, and finally in southern France, where he remained until redeployment to the states in October 1945, 29 months after leaving for duty. The collection contains 253 letters and 305 V-Mails between June 1943 and October 1945. With a few exceptions, the 558 letters are from Richard to Marion. The letters are from different regions where Richard was stationed and they describe his experiences in each location during the war: California in 1943 followed by his train ride to the East Coast; North Africa, 1943-1944; the invasion of southern Italy, 1944; and the invasion of southern France, 1945.

Dan D. CASEMENT Papers, 1858-1953. 20 lf. Finding aid.

Dan Casement settled in Manhattan and gained a national reputation in ranching and quarter horse circles. His father, John S. Casement, served as a general in the Union army (Ohio) during the Civil War and the collection contains hundreds of original letters between General Casement and his wife, Frances Jennings Casement, while he served in various military campaigns, 1861-1865. Frances Casement, a prominent civic leader, became the first president of the "Ohio Suffrage Association" and she included Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton among her friends. Dan Casement served in World War I as a Captain in the 27th Field Artillery in France and the papers contain information about his military service, including the sinking of Casement's troop ship, the Tuscania, by a German submarine before it could reach England in 1917.

CONCORDIA (Kansas), Camp. World War II Prisoners of War. SEE: Prisoners of War.

COOPERATIVE Extension Service (Kansas State Agricultural College), 1944-1945. –1 lf.

Responses from 23 Extension agents to a questionnaire about what they did in World War II. The agents described their service experience is such locations as Normandy, Berlin, and the Philippines. The replies often included photographs and letters.

[CURTISS Aeroplane Co.]. United States of America Against the Curtiss Aeroplane Co., 1946. -1 lf.

Collection of briefs and opinions prepared by Alexander N. Sack who represented the U.S. and Soviet Union in a claim against the Curtiss Co. that it failed to deliver military aircraft to the Soviet Union at the end of WWI. The case reopened in WWII when diplomatic relations was reinstated between the two countries.

Kenneth S. DAVIS Papers, ca 12 lf. Finding aid

Davis graduated from K-State in 1934 with a degree in journalism. He occupied several teaching positions and was an assistant to Milton Eisenhower in his capacity as chairman of UNESCO, but Davis was best known as a historian and author of numerous works. Among the Davis Papers is correspondence between his parents, Charles and Lydia, while his father served in WWI. Included among the books written by Davis related to military history are: Soldier of Democracy: A Biography of Dwight Eisenhower (1945); Experience of War: The United States in World War II; Hero: Charles A. Lindbergh and the American Dream; In the Forests of the Night (a fictional story about a WWI soldier with post traumatic stress disorder); and a series of books on Franklin D. Roosevelt that included The Beckoning of Destiny, 1882-1928, The New York Years, 1928-1933, The New Deal Years, 1933-1937, Into the Storm, 1937-1940, and The War President, 1940-1943. He won the prestigious Frances Parkman Prize for FDR: The Beckoning of Destiny. The Davis Papers were donated to the University Archives by Jean Davis after his death in 1999. Manuscripts and related documents for many of Davis' works are contained in the papers.

DRAFT and Conscientious Objectors Collection (Center for Student Development, Kansas State University), 1969-1973. –1 lf.

A collection of documents on various topics related to the draft including: 1) newsletters and memos distributed by CCCO: An Agency for Military and Draft Counseling 1972-1973, 2) notebook containing printed material on military law and counseling, most of which was part of a CCCO Military Counselor's Manual, 1972-1973, and 3) a notebook of information from a conference on "Selective Service Law and Practice" presented by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education in 1969.

Kansas FARMHOUSE Association. 1945, September. 21 pages.

Mimeograph newsletter containing responses to April 1945 issue of Farmhouse newsletter regarding fund raising efforts for new house at Kansas State College. Many of the responses are from members serving in the military describing their situation in addition to their pledge toward the Building Fund.

Marjorie L. Honstead FELDHAUSEN Papers, 1943-1946. 4 lf. Finding aid

Honstead was born in Waterville, Kansas in 1920. In 1942 she graduated from Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Topeka (now Stormont Vail). The papers document Honstead's service in WWII as a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1943 through her discharge in 1946. The collection includes letters, service records, photographs, printed material, and memorabilia created while she was stationed at Schick General Hospital (Clinton, Iowa) and the 316th Hospital at Camp Stover (England) and 316th Holding Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland, in addition to material from Marseille, France and on board the U.S. Army Transport Fredrick Lykes. The letters in the collection are to her parents in Topeka and describe military life as a nurse. After the war she attended Kansas State College where she graduated in 1949 with a degree in home economics.

[FORT RILEY, Kansas]. Samuel Dean (Junction City, Kansas) to Judge W. A. Carter (Ft. Bridger, Wyoming), October 22, 1989. 1 piece.

Handwritten letter in which Dean inquires about purchasing buckskin for someone he knows who needs it to make gloves. Letter summarizes how Dean moved to Kansas and began keeping books for a Mr. Gilbert, a grocery retailer; mentions that Fort Riley is 4 miles away and 4 companies of artillery were there all summer with Col. Hamilton in command, Kansas Pacific Railroad, weather, and crops.

Arthur H. GILLES Papers, 1918-1919. 1.75 lf.

Gilles served as a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. The collection consists of 210 letters he wrote his wife, Florence (Paul) Gilles, while assigned to a Depot Brigade at Camp Funston, Ft. Riley and a Field Hospital in various states including Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and others. The majority of the letters were written from Camp Funston, Ft. Riley, Kansas. The letters, written almost daily, describe Gilles' activities as a soldier, as well as how he spent his time off duty. There are several other documents including those related to the student army corps at Kansas State Agricultural College, his marriage and how it was not an attempt to avoid the military, and the results of routine physical examinations. Gilles was never stationed overseas. He was from Kansas City, Kansas, and attended Kansas State Agricultural College before WWI but apparently did not graduate.

Corlis GOYEN World War II Memoirs, 1942-1945. Typescript. 58 pages.

Written later in life, this is an account of Goyen's military experience from the time he entered Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1942 until the war ended in 1945. He was from Pratt, Kansas. The memoir describes his ROTC experience at K-State, his combat experiences during the war, and the period after the war was over in Europe until he got home in 1945. Pages 2 – 21 describes "The Start of My Army Days," 1942-March 10, 1945. After a brief period at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Goyen reported to Fort McClellan, Alabama for basic training. He received his Private First Class grade in November 1943. He describes returning to K-State for approximately 3 months where he took classes. In February 1944 he reported to Ft. Benning to enter Officers Candidate School. According to Goyen, he was not commissioned a 2nd lieutenant because of the high number of officers granted commissions from previous classes at Ft. Benning. The pages provide details of being stationed in Kansas, Alabama, and Georgia as well as his social life, acquaintances, and visits to Pratt.

[GREAT BRITAIN] "Naval Gunnery: Instructions for the Service and Exercises of Great Guns on Board her Majesty's Ships," 1841. 1 volume (ca 150 pages).

A bound, hand written account by J. D. Keane that he recorded while attending the Royal Navy's gunnery school. It contains his lecture notes and detailed drawings of artillery pieces, ships, projectiles, and rockets, many of which are hand colored.

Charles M. HAINES Collection, 1918. –1 lf.

Notebook kept by Haines while training prior to WWI.

William B. HANGER Papers, 1931-2001. 4 lf.

The papers document Hanger's military career in the U.S. Marines beginning with his enlistment in 1929. Of particular interest are diaries he kept in the 1930s while stationed in the Pacific. A diary he wrote in 1942 after the Marines landed on Guadalcanal describes combat activities. A photograph album he maintained illustrates how Pearl Harbor looked in the early 1930s prior to the Japanese attack in 1941.

Von J. HAWLEY Gulf War Collection, 1990-1991. 1 lf.

Hawley graduated from Kansas State University in 1984 and he collected this material while serving as a Captain in the U. S. Air Force during the Gulf War. His collection started in August 1990 when he made a short excursion to Dhahran Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia shortly after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. He could not return to Dhahran in December because of an injury but he continued to receive material from members of his unit. He was assigned to the Chief of Aircraft Maintenance, 2951st Combat Logistics Support Squadron, McClellan AFB, California. His squadron was responsible for providing repairs to A-10, F-111, and F-117 aircraft. The collection contains over 50 photographs including those of battle damage to A-10 aircraft by Iraqi anti aircraft weapons, the airfield, "tent city," and other aspects of life at Dhahran Air Force Base. Additional documents in the collection include air field plans, Desert Storm message to troops from Gen. Norman Schwarzkoff (January 17, 1991), battle damage reports, history and records related to deployments, "Desert Sentry" newsletters, and clippings.

Eli A. HELMICK Autobiography, ca 1863-1927. -1 lf.

Born in 1863, Helmick attended Kansas State Agricultural College from 1880 to 1883 before leaving to attend the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned second lieutenant in 1888. This is a photocopy of a typescript written by Helmick that details his early life, including his days at K-State and West Point, through his retirement from the U.S. Army in 1927 at the rank of Major General. He served in the Spanish American War and World War I and held the position of Inspector General of the U.S. Army from 1921-1927.

Robin HIGHHAM Papers.

The collection contains the papers of Robin Higham, a prominent military historian who taught at K-State from 1963-1999. They include records of several journals for which Higham once served as editor, including Military Affairs, Aerospace Historian, and Journal of the West. The files contain correspondence with other notable historians. He wrote numerous books and reference works on British and American military history. The papers also include records and manuscripts from Sunflower Press, a publisher of books in the area of military history, for which Higham served as president until the company closed in 2005 after several decades of publishing scholarly works. The papers document his activities in many national and international professional organizations and conferences in the field of military history.

Jack HOLL Papers. 24 lf.

Faculty papers of a historian who taught at Kansas State University from 1988-2005. Included is his research material for the book he wrote in 1997, Argonne National Laboratory, 1946-96 which describes, in part, the lab's role in the development of atomic energy for the United States government during the Cold War. It received the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government. Holl also published Atoms for Peace and War: Eisenhower and Atomic Energy Commission and The United States Civilian Nuclear Power Policy, 1954-1984. He was the first director of the Institute for Military History and 20th Century Studies at K-State.

[JEWISH History, World War II]. ca 1939-1945. –1 lf.

"The Destruction of the Jewish Community of Shtsutsin." Unpublished manuscript of a town in Poland that includes personal accounts by Jewish citizens describing their treatment by the Germans.

KANSAS State University. Lecture Series.

Speakers for various lecture series on campus include presentations by military and civilian leaders. For example, among the participants in the Alf Landon Lecture series are General W.C. Westmoreland, General Alexander Haig, Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, General Colin Powell, Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and General Richard Myers. Printed texts of the lectures and audio and video cassettes are available for most of these presentations.

Paul A. C. KOISTINEN Political Economy of Warfare Collection, 1915-1945.

A retired history professor at California State University-Northridge, Koistinen's collection contains research material he acquired from numerous federal and academic repositories for books he wrote on military history from the 17th century through World War II. For example, the photocopies he acquired from the National Archives are organized by record groups (War Production Board, Office of the Secretary of War, etc.) that make them readily identifiable and accessible to researchers. Among Koistenen's books are a series on the "political economy of American warfare" that include: Beating Plowshares Into Swords, 1606-1865, Mobilizing for Modern Warfare, 1865-1919, Planning War, Pursuing Peace, 1920-1939, and Arsenal of World War II, 1940-1945.

Gail T. KUBIK Papers Finding aid

Primarily scores written by Kubik under the auspices of the Office of War Information and the Army Air Corps during World War II. Titles include, but are not limited to, Memphis Belle, and World at War.

Henry F. KUPFER Collection, 1942-1944. .5 lf.

Kupfer was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant when he graduated from Kansas State College in 1940, however, as his collection documents, he was forced to enter World War II as an enlisted man after Pearl Harbor because of medical reasons. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps and advanced to the rank of sergeant in the 26th Fighter Command headquarters. Included in his collection is a diary he maintained during the war, which includes entries while training in Ft. Leavenworth, Camp Kearns (Utah), and while he was stationed in Panama and Peru. The diary describes his military activities as well as how he spent his personal time. His collection also contains an album of photographs and ephemera that includes items from where he was stationed; family photos are also included. Among the collection is Kupfer's "201 File" that contains orders and related documents. One issue of The Caribbean Breeze (Feb. 28, 1944), published by the Sixth Air Force, is also in the collection. Placed with the collection is an oral history interview of Kupfer conducted by the Raytown (MO) Historical Museum as part of a veteran's history project.

Lonnie MAYNARD Iraq War Collection, 2003. 2 lf.

Maynard was a member the 1139th Military Police, a National Guard unit in Harrisonburg, Missouri, that was sent to Iraq shortly after the war began. His collection provides a unique perspective of the first 6 months of the war. It contains letters he wrote almost daily to his wife and family in Independence describing the war, conditions, soldiers (both U. S. and coalition), and the country. Included are approximately 750 photographs he took in Baghdad of his quarters, the results of battle in the streets, equipment, people, buildings, etc. Other documents include maps, cards used to translate the most common Iraqi words to English, and a propaganda poster showing the faces of the most wanted Iraqis with those who had been captured or killed marked out. Before a moratorium was established on such activities, Maynard was able to send home several Iraqi war artifacts, including uniforms, helmets, and a radio.

Charles W. McARTHUR Papers, ca 1943-2001. 7 lf.

After serving as a bombardier in World War II, McArthur spent the remainder of his life researching and writing histories of the U.S. Army Eight and Ninth Air Forces. Collection contains correspondence, reports, notes, drafts, oral histories, printed material, microfilm, and related material. He published Operations Analysis in the United States Army Eighth Air Force in World War II in 1990 and was working on a similar history of the Ninth Air Force prior to his death in 2001.

[MILITARY Science]. Kansas State Agricultural College, 1933-1937. -1 lf (2 vols.).

A record of a daily events "that maybe helpful to officers detailed for duty here and to those already here in informing themselves of the happenings through the year." The two bound volumes of typescripts provide an excellent account of activities in a military science department on an academic campus in the 1930s.

[MILITARY Science]. Kansas State Agricultural College, 1863-1918.

La Belle, Arthur R. Kansas State Agricultural College Military Science and Tactics Department, 1863-1918. A research paper La Belle prepared for a junior seminar at K-State in 1987 using resources in the University Archives. The paper covers the period from the time K-State was founded as a land grant college in 1863 through WWI.

George E. MIXON Aerospace Scrapbooks, 1957-1975. 68 vols/27 lf.

Coverage of U.S. and Soviet Union manned and unmanned space programs.

Richard B. MYERS, 2000-2005.

Images on DVDs of General Myers serving in his capacity as Vice Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (March 2000-September 2001) and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (October 1, 2001-September 30, 2005). Photographs taken by official photographers of meetings, events, and ceremonies. Myers graduated from K-State in 1965 with a degree in mechanical engineering and rose to the rank of a four star general in the U.S. Air Force.

PAGE Family Collection, 1780-1966. 12 lf. Finding aid.

The collection contains the papers of several members of the Page family that originally settled in New England and migrated westward over the years. Included in the collection are several series of documents related to military history: 1) approximately 50 letters Olive Page received from friends and relatives while serving in Europe during WWI , 2) handwritten "Record of Recruits Examined by William H. Page at Boston, 1863-1864" that includes information about soldiers from several states who enlisted in the Civil War (1 vol.), and 3) record book of discharge records of Civil War soldiers primarily from Massachusetts and New Hampshire (1 vol.).

[PHOTOGRAPHS]. Norman E. FIELDS, 1931-1932; 1942-1945, ca 725 items

Collection consists of two photograph albums created by Norman Fields, a family member of Jim Stevenson, the donor. Album 1 "My Oriental Album." In 1931 Fields was stationed aboard the USS Henderson and USS Blackhawk in the Pacific and he took the approx. 600 photos in the album while his ship went to various locations beginning with Guam followed by the Philippines (Manila, Olongapo, Baguio) and then China (numerous locations, Shanghai, Chefoo, Tsingtau and Fort Bismarch, Kulangsu, Amoy, Hong Kong, Peking, Great Wall,Yangtze Gorges). The photos include urban and rural scenes (tourist type images) and military related views. Of interest are the scenes in China of Japanese and Chinese soldiers, some under Sino-Japanese battle conditions, Feb-Mar 1932. Album 2. This album contains photographic prints produced by the [U.S. Navy?] along with separate printed captions for each image. The photos and captions have been glued to the pages. The approximately 125 photos document U.S. Navy combat action in the Pacific Ocean, ca 1942-1945, with the majority from 1944-1945. U.S. Navy battles include those of Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Tarawa, Caroline Islands, and others. There are naval combat scenes at sea, many involving U.S. Navy aircraft carriers (Lexington, Franklin, Intrepid, and others); there are several views of submarine warfare, and the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri. The albums were acquired through the cooperation of the Institute for Military History, Department of History, Kansas State University.

[Photographs]. George Gustavson Collection, ca 1925-1939. ca 350 items.

Aerial photographs of various regions in Germany taken by Lufthansa airlines to map and hide targets by the Germans prior to World War II. Areas of the country include Berlin, Rhine, southern Germany and the Baltic coast. The collection was discovered in a photographic studio at the Templehof airport, Berlin, when the war ended in 1945.

[Photographs]. Robert Simonsen Collection, 18 lf. 1955-1993. Finding aid.

Simonosen began collecting autographed portraits of military and political leaders from the United States and foreign countries in the mid 1950s. The collection contains several thousand photographs from officers in all branches of the service, U.S. and numerous foreign countries, as well as government and political leaders.

[Photographs]. University Archives "Vertical Files." People and Subject.

Photographs filed alphabetically by subject and person that include images of people, groups, and activities, including Student Army Training Corps and Reserve Officers Training Corps, outstanding alumni (James G. Harbord, Richard Myers, etc.), Ft. Riley, and others.

[Prisoners Of War]. POW Camp Concordia [Kansas], 2003-2004. 1 lf.

Oral history interviews of 35 people associated with the German POW camp during World War II, including prisoners, military and civilian employees, farmers, and local citizens. The collection contains transcripts and videocassettes. The material was donated by the POW Camp Concordia Preservation Society and funded by a Kansas Humanities Council grant.

Harry C. Rogers Papers, 1862; 1886-1915. –l lf.

Rogers was a member of Company A, 3Rd Regiment, Kansas National Guard, 1895; majority of items concern encampment at Emporia in 1885.

Charles Eugene Roper Collection, 1938-1945, 1997. –1 lf.

Roper, a 1938 graduate of K-State in Electrical Engineering, was commissioned a 1st lieutenant in the Coast Artillery Corps and was serving at Fort Hughes, Caballo Island, Philippines, when the Japanese attacked in December,1941. This material was collected by his brother, Richard S. Roper, to document what happened to Lt. Roper after he was taken prisoner of war in May, 1942, until his death in Japan on February 3, 1945. The collection provides insight into the battles of Bataan and Corregidor and what it was like to be in a Japanese POW camp. Several items are related to the commissioning of the USS Bataan in 1997 where Pat Roberts, U.S. Senator from Kansas, was the principal guest speaker.

Victor and Alice Roper Papers, -1 lf. 1945 (Jan-Oct).

Victor Roper attended K-State and enrolled in ROTC. He attended officers' training school at Ft. Benning, Georgia and was appointed a 2nd lieutenant in July, 1944. The collection contains approximately 75 letters comprising over 150 pages written by Victor Roper to his wife, Alice, and his parents while he was on active duty in Europe during the last year of WWII, and shortly thereafter, primarily Germany and Austria. The letters were written during Roper's assignments which included infantry platoon leader, anti-tank platoon leader, and gasoline supply officer. After the war ended, Roper was attached to the quarter master service and maintained records for prisoners used for labor. Included with the collection are 168 photographs Roper took in Austria and Germany. They include photos of a German concentration camp in Linz, Austria that includes several prisoners. In January of 1946 he was able to observe the Nurnberg Trials.

T.T. Shorthill Diary, 1862. –1 lf.

Typescript of Civil War diary belonging to Shorthill, who served 3 years with the 38th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company E, apparently as a cook. Entries written while Shorthill served in Tennessee and Kentucky and describe food and meals for troops as well as weather conditions, troop movements, and officers.

Homer E. Socolofsky World War II Memoirs, 2002. 4 pages.

A typescript prepared by Socolofsky after he retired as a professor of history at Kansas State University. It describes his service in the U. S. Marines beginning with his enlistment in March 1942 through the end of World War II when he joined the Marine Corps Reserves from which he retired in 1960. Socolofsky's account includes his participation in the battle of Iwo Jima, February 1945, where he went ashore three days after the initial landing.

James M. Spaight Papers, ca. 1924-1933. –1 lf.

Scrapbook containing correspondence, newspaper clippings and reviews associated with Spaight's book, Air Power and War Rights, first edition, 1924, and second edition, 1933.

Nels A. Tornquist Papers, 1888-1950. 1 lf. Finding aid.

Tornquist served in the U. S. Army from 1896 to 1920 and saw action in the Spanish-American War, Punitive Expedition, and World War I where he commanded the black 344th Labor Battalion. His collection contains military records, correspondence, legal documents, maps, photographs, certificates, printed material, and a diary with comments about experiences in the Punitive Expedition in Mexico looking for Pancho Villa, ca 1916-1917. The documents provide insight into race relations in the U. S. Army.

United States Commission On Military History, 1973-2002. 15 lf. Finding aid.

The USCMH records were donated by the organization and contain material pertinent to its activities and operations, including the association with the International Commission on Military History (ICMH). The bulk of the collection centers on the annual USCMH meetings and ICMH colloquiums and include reports, agendas, minutes, election, correspondence, finances, and bulletins and newsletters.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 1987-1992. 1 lf.

Records of Vietnam Memorial Committee that was responsible for having the memorial constructed on the campus of Kansas State University in 1989. The records include correspondence with government, university, and community leaders expressing their support, design and construction documents, information concerning names of K-State students killed or missing in action, and files regarding publicity and the dedication in 1989. Bill Arck served as advisor of the committee.