Camp Rimini (Mont.) oral histories, 1982-1983

Overview of the Collection

Fischer, Karen
Camp Rimini (Mont.) oral histories
1982-1983 (inclusive)
0.2 linear feet
Collection Number
1349, Collection 1349, MtBC, us (collection)
The Camp Rimini Oral History Collection includes nine audiocassettes, two bound copies of the interview transcriptions, and photocopies of two U.S. Army pamphlets dealing with the use of pack dogs.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Camp Rimini, Montana trained sled and pack dogs for use as war dogs in WWII. The facility was run by the Quartermaster Corps, which was responsible for running the Army's K-9 Corps. In 1981 Karen Fischer, an MSU librarian, received a staff improvement grant to interview some of the surviving members of the dog training program at Camp Rimini. In 1982 and 1983 she interviewed Stuart Mace, David Armstrong, Eddie Barbeau, and John "Jack" Eslick. Topics include the problems involved in procuring and training sled dogs and sled-dog drivers for use in search-and-rescue work in the Arctic; the history of the detachment from its inception at Camp Hale, Colo., to its final days at Fort Robinson, Neb.; administering the program; the project's difficulties, accomplishments, and failures; feeding and health problems encountered by the dogs and search and rescue operations in Newfoundland and Greenland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes nine audiocassettes, two bound copies of the interview transcriptions, and photocopies of two U.S. Army pamphlets dealing with the use of pack dogs.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Duplicate copies of audiocassette tapes, and typed transcriptions, of four oral history interviews conducted by Karen Fischer were deposited with the Montana Historical Society in Helena and the Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections in 1983.

Processing Note

This collection was processed 2014 November 14

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Stuart Mace
1 2 David Armstrong, Eddie Barbeau, John Eslick
1 3 Pack Dog Manual
1 4 Dog Transportation Manual
1 1 Eddie Barbeau
1 2-3 Jack Eslick
1 4 David Armstrong
1 5-9 Stuart Mace

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Canada, Northern
  • Dog trainers
  • Dog trainers--Montana--Interviews
  • Dogs
  • Dogs--Training
  • Dogs--Training
  • Dogs--Training--Montana--Rimini (Mont.)
  • Dogs--War use
  • Dogs--War use
  • Oral history
  • Rescue dogs
  • Rescue dogs--Canada
  • Search and rescue operations
  • Search and rescue operations--Arctic regions
  • Search and rescue operations--Greenland
  • Search and rescue operations--Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Sled dogs
  • Sled dogs--Training
  • Sled dogs--Training--Montana
  • Veterans--Colorado--Interviews
  • World War, 1939-1945 --Veterans--Colorado--Interviews
  • World War, 1939-1945--Montana
  • World War, 1939-1945--Montana--Rimini
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American

Corporate Names

  • General Montana History Collection (Montana Historical Society)
  • United States. Army--Officers--Interviews
  • United States. Army--Officers--Interviews

Geographical Names

  • Camp Hale (Colo.)
  • Camp Rimini War Dog Reception and Training Center (Mont.)
  • Fort Robinson (Neb.)
  • Greenland
  • Montana
  • Montana-- Rimini (Mont.)
  • Montana--Camp Rimini War Dog Reception and Training Center (Mont.)
  • Montana--Camp Rimini War Dog Reception and Training Center (Mont.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Interviews
  • Interviews--Montana
  • Oral histories
  • Oral histories--Montana
  • Personal narratives--United States

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Fischer, Karen (ivr)