United States Army Air Corps, Aerial Photo Section No. 3 World War II photograph album, 1932-1942  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
United States Army Air Corps, Aerial Photo Section No. 3 World War II photograph album
Dates
1932-1942 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 album (132 photographs)
Collection Number
PH1222
Summary
Photograph album of ski troops, military equipments, landscapes, interaction with Eskimos and other wartime activities
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Languages
English


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Although the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor in December of 1941 is commonly accepted as the inciting event that drew the United States into World War II, the United States Army had been modernizing and mobilizing prior to this pre-emptive strike. The photographs in this album show American soldiers training, mobilizing, and parading for a civilian audience, indicating the United States’ shift to a war footing in the face of a mounting fascist threat overseas. Even before the United States formally entered World War II, Alaska saw a mobilization of support personnel and supplies. This was partially in service to the United States’ Canadian allies and partially in anticipation of engagement with Japan. Meanwhile, Fort Ord in Monterey County, California had been used for decades as an artillery target range before being officially commissioned as a fort in 1940. The military presence in Monterey grew rapidly and Fort Ord and the Presidio became the base of operations for the III Corps, as well as a major hub for mobilizing draftees from the western United States.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Album of photographs of wartime activities: 3rd Division review parade through Tacoma streets, ski troops practicing in the snow on Mt. Rainier; troops in Eklutna, Alaska, bombers over Alaska and in Yukon Territory, mission buildings in California, observation balloon flying, artillery practice, generals on horseback, tank practice, Anchorage, Alaska, Eskimo natives, Alaskan glaciers and mountains, Yakutat, Alaska. The scattered organization and sometimes playful photo captions suggest a personal album rather than one intended for official archival use.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

U.S. Army Corps AlbumReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 October 30, 1941
1/1 2 October 30, 1941
1/1 3 October 30, 1941
1/1 4 October 15, 1937
1/1 5 January 29, 1941
1/1 6 November 27, 1941
1/1 7 November 27, 1941
1/1 8 November 27, 1941
1/1 9 January 29, 1941
1/1 10 November 27, 1941
1/1 11 January 29, 1941
1/1 12 January 29, 1941
1/1 13 January 29, 1941
1/1 14 January 29, 1941
1/1 15 November 27, 1941
1/1 16 November 27, 1941
1/1 17 November 27, 1941
1/1 18
 Mountain troops scaling a snowy slope, Tatoosh Mountain Range, Washington
Possibly Wahpengo Peak, Little Tahoma in the background.
November 27, 1941
1/1 19 January 29, 1941
1/1 20 November 27, 1941
1/2 21 November 27, 1941
1/2 22 January 29, 1941
1/2 23 January 29, 1941
1/2 24 November 27, 1941
1/2 25 November 27, 1941
1/2 26 November 27, 1941
1/2 27 January 29, 1941
1/2 28 1941
1/2 29-30 October 30, 1941
1/2 31 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 32 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 33 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 34 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 35
 Two bear cubs on an artillery barrel, one looking down the barrel.
Labeled "looking for trouble." Probably Alaska.
May 18, 1941
1/2 36 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 37 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 38 Between 1932 and 1942
1/2 39 May 18, 1941
1/2 40 July 9, 1941
1/3 41
 A soldier with a moose calf in Alaska
Same solider and moose in unit id #43.
July 9, 1941
1/3 42
 An Alaskan Native woman, Alaska
Same young woman as unit id #39.
1941?
1/3 43
 A soldier feeding a moose calf, Alaska
Same solider and moose in unit id #41.
July 9, 1941
1/3 44
 An Alaskan Native woman at Eklutna, Alaska
Same young woman as unit id #39.
May 18, 1941
1/3 45 May 26, 1941
1/3 46 May 21, 1941
1/3 47 1941?
1/3 48 1941?
1/3 49 1941?
1/3 50 1941?
1/3 51 1941?
1/3 52-54 1941?
1/3 55 1941?
1/3 56 1941?
1/3 57
 General John L. DeWitt (left) and General Walter Sweeney on horseback with mounted soldiers behind, Fort Ord, California
General John L. DeWitt was the architect and commanding officer of Japanese internment on the West Coast of the USA.
1941?
1/3 58
 Soldiers marching for review past General John DeWitt (right) and General Walter Sweeney, Fort Ord, California
General John L. DeWitt was the architect and commanding officer of Japanese internment on the West Coast of the USA.
1941?
1/3 59 1941?
1/3 60 1941?
1/4 61 1941?
1/4 62 1941?
1/4 63 1941?
1/4 64 1941?
1/4 65 1941?
1/4 66 1941?
1/4 67 1941?
1/4 68 1941?
1/4 69 1941?
1/4 70 1941?
1/4 71 1941?
1/4 72 1941?
1/4 73 1941?
1/4 74 1941?
1/4 75 1941?
1/4 76 May 18, 1941
1/4 77 1941?
1/4 78 1941?
1/4 79 1941?
1/4 80
 An Alaskan Native woman in a parka, Alaska
Same young woman as in Unit ID #40.
1941?
1/5 81 1941?
1/5 82
 An Alaskan Native woman in a parka, Alaska
Same young woman as in Unit ID #39.
1941?
1/5 83 1941?
1/5 84 1941?
1/5 85-86 June 6, 1941
1/5 87 1941?
1/5 88 June 29, 1941
1/5 89-91 July 28, 1941
1/5 92-93 July 28, 1941
1/5 94 July 28, 1941
1/5 95 1941?
1/5 96 1941?
1/5 97 1941?
1/5 98 1941?
1/5 99 1941?
1/5 100 May 18, 1941
1/6 101 1941?
1/6 102 1941?
1/6 103 July 28, 1941
1/6 104 1941?
1/6 105 1941?
1/6 106 1941?
1/6 107 July 3, 1941
1/6 108 1941?
1/6 109
 A barn with mountains in the distance in Matanuska Valley, Alaska
Mountain in background is on south bank of the Knik River, near S. Old Glenn Highway
May 18, 1941
1/6 110 July 3, 1941
1/6 111-116 August 4, 1941
1/6 117 1941?
1/6 118 1941?
1/6 119 1941?
1/6 120 1941?
1/7 121 1941?
1/7 122 1941?
1/7 123 1941?
1/7 124 1941?
1/7 125
 Ships at moored at a dock, Lurline Burns , center
The Lurline Burns would be rechristened the USS Besboro by the US Naval Reserve in Seattle, 9/22/43.
1941?
1/7 126 1941?
1/7 127-131 May 18, 1941
1/7 132 1941?

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Artillery--United States--Photographs
  • Bombers--Photographs
  • Glaciers--Alaska--Photographs
  • Parades--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Photographs
  • Ski troops--Photographs
  • Soldiers--Alaska--Eklutna--Photographs
  • Spanish mission buildings--California--Photographs
  • Tanks--United States--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Army. Air Corps. Aerial Photo Section No. 3
  • Geographical Names :
  • Rainier, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs