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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Organization of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Thomas Samuel 1942-1946, 1995, bulk 1944-1945,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Thomas Samuel Partlow:

An Inventory of the Thomas Samuel Partlow U.S. Army Scrapbook at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, 1942-1946, 1995, bulk 1944-1945



Overview

Creator: Partlow, Sam, 1922-2004
Title: Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow U.S. Army scrapbook
Dates: 1942-1946, 1995
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1944-1945
Abstract: The scrapbook, compiled by Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow while in serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, documents his military experiences in Europe primarily through black-and white-photographs, along with details of Partlow's military service and newspaper clippings concerning Nazi concentration camps, all dating 1942-1946, 1995, with the bulk dating 1944-1945. Subjects of the photographs include: Partlow and other servicemen and servicewomen, camp life, scenes and people from various locations he was assigned or visited, including Marseilles and Versailles, France; Bad Mergentheim, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where he was assigned with the 116th Evacuation Hospital.
Quantity: 0.25 cubic ft.
Location: These records are housed at the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow was born in Liberty, Texas, on August 16, 1922, the son of Ross Gerald Partlow and Voe Botkin Calhoon Partlow. He attended Liberty High School, Tarleton Junior College, and Southern Methodist University.

Partlow served as a medic in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in World War II and was assigned to the 116th Evacuation Hospital, one of the first units to liberate the Dachau concentration camp. After the war, he returned to Liberty and worked as a farmer and rancher. He was a member of the Longhorn Breeders Association, Sons of the Republic of Texas, and First United Methodist Church of Liberty. He was a lifelong bachelor.

(Sources include: The Vindicator, September 1, 2004.)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The scrapbook, compiled by Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, documents his military experiences in Europe primarily through black-and-white photographs, along with details of Partlow's military service and newspaper clippings concerning Nazi concentration camps, all dating 1942-1946, 1995, with the bulk dating 1944-1945. The scrapbook is one created especially for service members, entitled "Snaps and Scraps: My Life in the Army." The pages are bound together between two olive drab leather covers with braided cord. The first few pages have pre-printed headings and record information such as Partlow's induction and discharge dates, unit assignments, promotions, medals he received, and countries he visited during his service, covering the years 1942-1946.

The majority of the scrapbook consists of black-and-white photographs pertaining to his World War II service from the period 1944-1945. Subjects of the photographs include: Partlow and other servicemen and servicewomen, camp life, scenes and people from various locations he was assigned or visited, including Marseilles and Versailles, France; Bad Mergentheim, Germany; Zurich, Switzerland; and the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where he was assigned to the 116th Evacuation Hospital. Most of the pages have typewritten labels at the bottom identifying and/or dating the photographs. A few pages have no labels and some individual photographs are not identified. At the back of the scrapbook are newspaper clippings from the May 1945 Houston Post and Houston Chronicle pertaining to the Nazi concentration camps and Dachau specifically.

Loose inside the scrapbook are three different World War II-era photographic studio portraits of Sam Partlow, in uniform, and a section of the April 2, 1995, Beaumont Enterprise that includes an article on the Nazi concentration camps and their liberation by U.S. soldiers.

Note: Several of the photographs in the scrapbook pertaining to the Dachau concentration camp are extremely graphic and may be disturbing to researchers.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Organization of the Collection

The scrapbook has been left intact. Within the scrapbook the photographs are attached to the pages with photo corners and are in roughly chronological order (apparently arranged by Sam Partlow). The loose photographs and the 1995 newspaper section were removed from the scrapbook and filed in separate folders in the same box as the scrapbook.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center reading room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects (Persons)
Partlow, Sam, 1922-2004
Subjects:
United States. Army. Evacuation Hospital, 116th.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration Camps--Germany--Dachau.
World War, 1939-1945--Veterans--Texas.
Places:
Bad Mergentheim (Germany)--Pictorial Works.
Dachau Concentration Camp--Pictorial Works.
Marseilles (France)--Pictorial Works.
Versailles (France)--Pictorial Works.
Zurich (Switzerland)--Pictorial Works.
Document Types:
Scrapbooks.
Photographs.
Clippings (information artifacts).

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
June Steusoff McGuire Collection, 1900-1990, 2 cubic ft. [Includes World War II-era photograph of Sam Partlow and May 1945 letter from him pertaining to the Dachau concentration camp.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow U.S. Army scrapbook. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2015.002

The scrapbook was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on January 13, 2015, by Laura Yarbrough.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa Meisch, 2015

XML markup by Irene Lule of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, January 2017

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Thomas Samuel "Sam" Partlow U.S. Army scrapbook, 1942-1946, 1995, bulk 1944-1945,
0.25 cubic ft.

Box Folder
2015.002-1 1. Scrapbook, "Snaps and Scraps: My Life in the Army",1942-1946
2. Photographs of Sam Partlow,about 1941-1945
[3 black-and-white photographs]
3. Beaumont Enterprise section, April 2, 1995
[Includes article, "And GIs Wept: Allied Soldiers Entered, Closed Nazi Death Camps 50 Years Ago."]

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