University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Clell Thorpe World War II Photographs



Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector Thorpe, Clell
Collection Title Clell Thorpe World War II Photographs
Dates 1941-1960
Identification 10/1971-003
Physical Description 2.50 linear feet
Other Information:
Uploaded to TARO, 2005.
Additional information may be found at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhsc/00003/hsc-00003.html
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Clell Thorpe served as a Marine Corps photographer documenting the activities of Marines in the South Pacific during World War II. During the period [1944?]-1945, he traveled to several islands that had been taken from Japanese in earlier battles, such as Tarawa (captured in November 1943) and Kwajalein (captured on February 1944).

In 1943, Thorpe trained as a Marine Corps photographer at the Naval School of Photography in Pensacola, FL (the Marine Corps is administratively part of the U.S. Navy).

One of Thorpe's assignments involved photographing the Marine Bombing Squadron (VMB-613). The squadron trained in Boca Chica, Florida and Newport, Arkansas during 1944, then went to the home base for the VMB-613 as the squadron participated in operations in the Marshall Island throughout the war.

Thorpe took many photographs on a Pacific atoll in the Marshall Islands, which was not identified due to wartime censorship.

Thorpe also photographed on Tarawa Island in 1945.

Thorpe is known to have lived in Houston, Texas during 1947, and probably other years.


Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection dates from the years 1943 through 1945. The collection mainly contains black and white photographs taken by Clell Thorpe, as well as some 4x5" negatives, one letter, one manuscript, and some miscellaneous items.

The material is arranged in five series: Naval School of Photography, Marine Bombing Squadron (VMB-613), Pacific Atoll, Tarawa, and Miscellaneous.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. 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. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms
Genre/Form of Material:
Photographs
Personal Name:
Thorpe, Clell
Topical Term:
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Clell Thorpe World War II Photographs. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated to the UH Libraries by Clell Thorpe in 1971.


Detailed List of Contents

Naval School of Photography

Scope and Contents
This series contains black and white photographs taken at the Naval School of Photography in Pensacola, FL. The series includes pictures of airplanes, the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, and Clell Thorpe himself.
Box Folder
1 1 approximately 1943
2 June 19, 1943
3 Oct. 25, 1943
4-34 approximately 1943
35 Aug. 28, 1943
36-40 approximately 1943



Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613) approximately 1944-1945

Scope and Contents
One hundred forty-one black and white photographs document life for the Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613), probably on Kwajalein Island. Subjects include various buildings used by the squadron, the men in various departments such as the Engineering Department and the Medical Department, and squadron sports teams. Also included are photographs of planes with their crews, and planes flying with a convoy near Eniwetok Atol.
Box Folder
2 1 Administration
Administration
1 Bakery
Bakery
2 Barber Shop
Barber Shop
2 Ordinance Bomb Crew
Ordinance Bomb Crew
3 Commanding Officer
Commanding Officer
3 Preparing Depth
Preparing Depth
4 Communications
Communications
Communications
5 Construction and Maintenence
Construction and Maintenence
Construction and Maintenence
6 Cooks and Bakers
Cooks and Bakers
6 Dental Examination
Dental Examination
7 Electric
Electric Generator
Electrical Supply
8 Changing a Number One Stack
Changing a Number One Stack
9 Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Specialists
Engineering Specialists
10 Fleet Marine Theatre staff
Fleet Marine Theatre staff
10 Galley
Galley
11 Galley
Galley
11 Squadron Office
Squadron Office
12 Intelligence
Intelligence
13 Library
Library
13 Line Crew at Work
Line Crew at Work
14 Machine Shop
Machine Shop
15 Mechanic-Aircrewmen
Mechanic-Aircrewmen
15 Physical Examination
Physical Examination
16 Cooks and Bakers
Cooks and Bakers
16 Metalsmiths
Metalsmiths
17 Mess
Non-Commissioned Officer's Mess
Officers' Mess
18 Officers' Mess
Officers' Mess
18 Ordnance Aircrewmen
Ordnance Aircrewmen
19 Parachute Maintenance
Parachute Maintenance
19 Parachute Riggers
Parachute Riggers
20 Operations
Operations
20 Ordinance
Ordinance
21 Loading Rockets
Loading Rockets
21 Photo Section
Photo Section
22 Photography
Photography
22 Squadron Members at the Sea
Squadron Members at the Sea
23 Plumbing Shop
Plumbing Shop
23 Police Shed
Police Shed
24 Post Office
Post Office
24 Projectionists
Projectionists
25 Acting assistant quartermaster
Acting assistant quartermaster
25 Acting assistant quartermaster
Acting assistant quartermaster
Quartermaster
26 Radio-Radar Shop
Radio-Radar Shop
Radio-Radar Shop
27 Red Cross Unit
Red Cross Unit
27 Transportation
Transportation
28 Turret Shop
Turret Shop
28 Water Supply
Water Supply
29 Fleet Marine Theater
Fleet Marine Theater
29 Front Area
Front Area
30 Officers' Club Veranda
Officers' Club Veranda
30 Senior NCO Barracks
Senior NCO Barracks
31 Officers' Club
Officers' Club
Officers' Club Interior
32 Barracks and Showers
Barracks and Showers
32 Squadron Area
Squadron Area
33 Enlisted Men's Barracks
Enlisted Men's Barracks
33 Recreation Hall
Recreation Hall
34 Barracks and Storage Building
Barracks and Storage Building
35 Commanding and Executive Officer's Quarters
Commanding and Executive Officer's Quarters
35 Transportation Area
Transportation Area
36 Squadron Sign
Squadron Sign
37 Isdland Softball Champions
Isdland Softball Champions
37 Trojans
Trojans
38 Baseball Team
Baseball Team
38 Basketball Team
Basketball Team
39 Officers' Club
Officers' Club
39 Recreation Hall
Recreation Hall
40 Basketball Game
Basketball Game
40 Beergarden
Beergarden
41 Arsenic and Old Lace
Arsenic and Old Lace
41 Arsenic and Old Lace
Boris Kareloff
42 Forest Rangers
Forest Rangers
42 Horizontal Bar
Horizontal Bar
43 Ping-Pong
Ping-Pong
43 Rings
Rings
44 Rings
Rings
44 Squadron League Volleyball
Squadron League Volleyball
45 Amber-Spicer crew
Amber-Spicer crew
45 Riblet-Thomas crew
Riblet-Thomas Crew
46 Clenn-Kingman Crew
Clenn-Kingman Crew
46 Danser-Crowley Crew
Danser-Crowley Crew
47 Barton-Litzau Crew
Barton-Litzau Crew
47 Calder-Haroldson Crew
Calder-Haroldson Crew
48 Feakins-Varner Crew
Feakins-Varner Crew
48 Hanckock-Davis Crew
Hanckock-Davis Crew
49 Brotherton-Cooper Crew
Brotherton-Cooper Crew
49 Youngren-Haselnus Crew
Youngren-Haselnus Crew
50 Allen-Simmons crew
Allen-Simmons crew
50 Bennett-Mileson crew
Bennett-Mileson Crew
51 Cotton-Holtvedt Crew
Cotton-Holtvedt Crew
51 Love-Houston Crew
Love-Houston Crew
52 Feid-Padach Crew
Feid-Padach Crew
52 Jackson-Saving Crew
Jackson-Saving Crew
53 Newton-Spaulding Crew
Newton-Spaulding Crew
53 Twohy-Parks Crew
Twohy-Parks Crew
54 Ligon-Malone Crew
Ligon-Malone Crew
54 McMillin-Meschke Crew
McMillin-Meschke Crew
55 Shipping Lane Patrol
Shipping Lane Patrol
Shipping Lane Patrol
56 Shipping Lane Patrol
Shipping Lane Patrol
Shipping Lane Patrol
57 Shipping Lane Patrol
Shipping Lane Patrol
58 Work on the line
Work on the line
59 Tent city
Tent city
60 Island Chapel
Island Chapel
61 Squadrons' sports
Squadrons' sports
62 Certificate of clearance
Certificate of clearance
Certificate of clearance
Certificate of clearance
Certificate of clearance
63 Interior of Officers Club veranda
Interior of Officers Club veranda
64 Recreation area
Recreation area
65 Medical and Dental
Medical and Dental
65 Radio-Radar
Radio-Radar
66 Darkroom
Darkroom
66 Executive officer
Executive officer
67 Carpenter shop
Carpenter shop
67 Parachute loft
Parachute loft
68 Schatan-Crews crew
Schatan-Crews crew
68 Work on the line
Work on the line
69 Line machanics and plane captains
Line machanics and plane captains
69 Nevils-Manning crew
Nevils-Manning crew
70 Cunningham-Kline crew
Cunningham-Kline crew
71 Rogers-Noble crew
Rogers-Noble crew
71 Smith-Beggs crew
Smith-Beggs crew
72 Cleaning the canon
Cleaning the canon
72 Police
Police
73 Cleaning the canon
Cleaning the canon
73 Loading rockets
Loading rockets
74 Contemplative squadron member
Contemplated squadron member
75 Returning to Majuro
Returning to Majuro



Pacific Atoll

Scope and Contents
Fifty-four small black and white photographs in this series depict Japanese soldiers surrendering to American Marines, and the daily life of island natives on an unidentified atoll in the Marshall Islands. While a number of these pictures have typed captions glued on the bottom of the print, the names of people given in the captions are mostly satirical. This series also includes photographs of dead bodies after a battle, and some negatives.
Box Folder
3 1-54 approximately 1945



Tarawa

Scope and Contents
Twenty-four small black and white photographs in this series depict Japanese soldiers surrendering to American Marines, and the daily life of island natives on an unidentified atoll in the Marshall Islands. While a number of these pictures have typed captions glued on the bottom of the print, the names of people given in the captions are mostly satirical. This series also includes photographs of dead bodies after a battle, and some negatives.
Box Folder
4 1 July 13, 1945
2 1945
3-24 approximately 1945



Miscellaneous

Scope and Contents
This series includes miscellaneous photographs and other materials. The front sections of the Houston Chronicle and Houston Post with headlines about the bombing of Pearl Harbor are part of this series.
Box Folder
4 25 Nov. 26, 1942
26 July, 1943
27-28 undated
29 July 20, 1947
30 Dec. 7, 1941
31-32 Dec. 8, 1941
33 undated
34 Nov. 14, 1960
35 Nov. 16, 1960
36 [1886]