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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
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.)
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.
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.).
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
(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 number: 2015.002
The scrapbook was donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center on January 13, 2015, by Laura Yarbrough.
Processed by Lisa Meisch, 2015
XML markup by Irene Lule of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information, January 2017