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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Overview

Administrative History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Artifacts and Documents, 1934-1945

Subject Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1958, 1972-1977, 1992-2010; bulk 1943-1945


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Collection, 1917-2012; Bulk, 1943-1945



Overview

Creator: Skiles, Bob, (Robert D.)
Title: Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1917-2012; Bulk, 1943-1945
Abstract: Located outside of Winona, Texas, near Tyler, Texas in Smith County, Camp Fannin Army Training Camp was in operation from 1943-1946. The Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Collection contains artifacts, subject files, and a draft Cultural Resources Report.
Identification: AR.268
Quantity: 12.7 Linear feet, (1 document box, 6 oversized boxes)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Administrative History

Located outside of Winona, Texas, near Tyler, Texas in Smith County, Camp Fannin Army Training Camp was in operation from 1943-1946. Primarily a WWII Infantry Replacement Training Center and prisoner of war camp, the camp also served as an Air Corps Replacement Center and a separation center for discharged soldiers.

In 2012 under the administration of the Veterans Land Board and the Texas General Land Office, the Watkins-Logan-Garrison Texas State Veterans Home opened on a portion of the old Camp Fannin site known as the cantonment area. Also known as the Tyler Veterans Home, the home incorporates a family-style design with ten cottages. As an archaeological dig would have uncovered few if any historic items, Bob D. Skiles, R.P.A., GLO/VLB Staff Archaeologist conducted an archival research project and wrote a Cultural Resources Report in lieu of an archaeological dig and report.

As described in the Cultural Resources Report, Skiles gathered materials from various archival repositories and libraries and kept digital copies for his subject files. Artifacts were generally purchased from eBay.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Collection contains artifacts, subject files, and a draft Cultural Resources Report. Artifacts and documents include a pin, an aerial photograph, correspondence, booklets, newsletters, a pennant, pillow shams, a bridge cloth, and panoramic photographs.

Subject files include copies of articles, books, reports, manuals, photographs, maps, aerial photographs, oral history interviews, and moving images.

Materials were collected in 2009-2010. The artifacts and documents are WWII-era, and subject files include resources from the WWI-era forward; however, the majority of materials date from 1943-1946.

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Arrangement

These records are organized into two series:
Artifacts and Documents, 1934-1945 (28 items)
Subject Files 1917-1919, 1934-1958, 1972-1977, 1992-2010; bulk 1943-1945 (1540 digital files). The subject files comprise the appendices to the Cultural Resources Report. Appendices are labeled A-Q and V-Z; letters R,S,T, and U were skipped and appendices do not exist for these letters.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Digital files exist on DVD and an internal server. They may be accessed on-site upon request.

Use Restrictions

Materials may be under copyright protection. US copyright law does allow for reproduction of materials under copyright for uses such as critique, criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.

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Index Terms

Camp Fannin (Tex.).
Texas. Attorney-General's Office.
Texas. Veterans' Land Board.
Watkins-Logan-Garrison Veterans Home (Tyler, Tex.).
Artifacts
Correspondence
GIF
JPEG
Manuals
Maps
MHTML
Moving Images
MPEG-1
MPEG-4 PART 14
PDF
Photographs
PNG
Reports
Smith County (Tex.)
Sound recordings
Texas State Veterans Home Program
TIFF
Training camps, military
Tyler (Tex.)
Veterans’ homes
Winona, Texas
World War II
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Collection (AR.268). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Accession Information

Materials were deposited in the archives upon Bob Skiles’ retirement in 2011.

Processing Information note

With the exception of the Cultural Resources Report and “Camp Fannin Reminiscences,” all of the subject files exist in digital format only. The processing archivist kept the creator’s folder structure and file names. The following file formats found in the materials were maintained: PDF, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, MHTML, MPEG-4 Part 14, and MPEG-1. RealMedia and Flash Video files, while not standards, were also kept. Microsoft Office Word and Rich Text Format documents were converted to PDF.

Digital Copies

Texas General Land Office employees can access the Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Draft Report and Appendices on the Docushare server: http://docushare.glo.state.tx.us/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-33784

External customers must visit the GLO Archives & Records Reading Room at 1700 N. Congress Ave. Suite 935 Austin, Texas.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Artifacts and Documents, 1934-1945

Box Envelope
OS 65 1 Lapel Pin, “Take It and Follow Me,” blue and silver, 1 in. x 1 ¼ in., ca 1940’s
2 Aerial Photograph, Camp Fannin grounds, “4004-5-59”, 7 ¼ in. x 8 ¾ in., June 26, 1934
3 Letter, Harold Boch, Camp Fannin, Texas to Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Boch, Prioria, Illinois, 7 ¼ in. x 10 ½ in., May 14, 1944
4 Postcard, [?], Camp Fannin, Texas to Barbara Healy, Bakersfield, California, February 7, 1944
5 Postcard, Roy E. Weidenmoysn, Camp Fannin, Texas to Elmer A. Koch, Manoa / Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, September 29, 1945
6 Envelopes sent from Camp Fannin, 1943-1945
7 Newsletter, The 15th Regiment Dog Tag, No. 10, 8 in. x 10 ½ in., 6 pages, September 28, 1944
8 Booklet, Handbook of Information, Camp Fannin, Texas, 4 ½ “ x 6”, 48 pages. Includes map of Camp Fannin, June 1943
9 Booklet, Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center. Camp Fannin, Texas, Camp Robinson, Arkansas: The Story of Training in Photographs, 6 in. x 9 in., 36 pages, 1940s
10-11 Booklet, IRTC [Immaterial Replacement Training Center]: I am a Doughboy, 6in. x 9in., 64 pages. Includes autographs, 1940s
Oversized Box Folder
OS 66 1 Panoramic photograph. “A 81- Tr – Bn - Camp Fannin, Texas. Morehead and Ward, Gladewater, Texas.” 27 in. x 10 in., October, 1943
2 Panoramic photograph. “Co. D 55 Tr – Bn - Camp Fannin, Texas. November, Morehead and Ward, Gladewater, Texas.” 28 ½ in. x 10 in., 1943
3 Panoramic photograph. “Co. C 52 Tng – Bn - Camp Fannin, Texas. M. Kuhn, Gladewater, Texas.” 20 ½ in. x 10 in., March 3, 1945
4 Panoramic photograph. “Pay and Records Division, Personnel Section, Headquarters, Camp Fannin, Texas.” 31 ½ in. x 10 in., January 14, 1944
5 Panoramic photograph. “Co. B 68 Bn, Camp Fannin, Texas. M. Kuhn, Gladewater, Texas.” 30 in. x 10 in., November 14, 1945
Oversized Box Folder
OS 67 1 Newsletter, Camp Fannin Guidon, Vol. 1 #13, Camp Fannin, Texas, 11 ½ in. x 17 in., 1 sheet (folded) 4 pages, February 1944
2 Pamphlet, Farewell C-82, 82nd Special Training Battalion, Communication and Intelligence, 12 in. x 18 in., opened flat, 4 pages. Includes panoramic photo with recruits identified by name, February 1944
Oversized Box
OS 68 Pillow sham, “Wife: A Darling Little Wife,” poem and US Army Seal, pink with blue fringe, 20 in. x 20 in.
Oversized Box
OS 69 Pillow sham, “Wife: A Darling Little Wife,” poem and US Army Seal, light blue with yellow fringe, 20 in. x 20 in.
Oversized Box
OS 70 Bridge cloth, “Camp Fannin, Texas,” with US Army Seal, purple with gold lettering and fringe 37 in. x 37 in.
Oversized Box
OS 71 Pennant, “Camp Fannin, Texas,” with US Army Seal, purple, red, and white. 8 ½ in. x 26 in.

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Subject Files, 1917-1919, 1934-1958, 1972-1977, 1992-2010; bulk 1943-1945

Box Folder
OS 65 12 Appendices A-Q and V-Z
(2 DVDs, 1540 digital files)
13 Camp Fannin Cultural Resources Report - Draft, February 2010

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