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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Naval School of Photography

Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613)

Pacific Atoll

Tarawa

Miscellaneous

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Clell Thorpe World War II Photographs, 1941-1960



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thorpe, Clell
Title: Clell Thorpe World War II Photographs
Dates: 1941-1960
Abstract: Clell Thorpe served as a Marine Corps photographer documenting the activities of Marines in the South Pacific during World War II. The bulk of this collection dates from the years 1943 through 1945.The material is arranged in five series: Naval School of Photography, Marine Bombing Squadron (VMB - 613), Pacific Atoll, Tarawa, and Miscellaneous.
Identification: 1971-003
Quantity: 4 boxes, 2.6 linear feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

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.

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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 4×5” 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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects(Persons)
Thorpe, Clell
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 -- Pictorial works.
Formats
Photographs

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Administrative Information

Acquisition

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

Processed by

Monika Zarzycka and Julie Grob, 2000 - 2001.

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Detailed Description

 

Naval School of Photography

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 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
2 Naval School of Photography. June 19, 1943
3 Naval School of Photography. Oct. 25, 1943
4 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
5 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
6 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
7 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
8 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
9 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
10 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
11 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
12 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
13 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
14 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
15 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
16 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
17 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
18 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
19 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
20 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
21 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
22 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
23 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
24 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
25 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
26 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
27 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
28 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
29 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
30 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
31 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
32 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
33 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
34 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
35 Naval School of Photography. Aug. 28, 1943
36 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
37 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
38 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
39 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943
40 Naval School of Photography. ca. 1943

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Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB-613)

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 Atoll.
box folder
2 1 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
2 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
3 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
4 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
5 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
6 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
7 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
8 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
9 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
10 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
11 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
12 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
13 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
14 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
15 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
16 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
17 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
18 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
19 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
20 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
21 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
22 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
23 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
24 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
25 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
26 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
27 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
28 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
29 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
30 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
31 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
32 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
33 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
34 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
35 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
36 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
37 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
38 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
39 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
40 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
41 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
42 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
43 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
44 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
45 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
46 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
47 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
48 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
49 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
50 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
51 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
52 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
53 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
54 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
55 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
56 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945
57 Marine Bombing Squadron 613 (VMB - 613). ca. 1944-1945

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Pacific Atoll

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 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
2 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
3 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
4 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
5 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
6 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
7 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
8 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
9 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
10 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
11 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
12 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
13 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
14 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
15 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
16 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
17 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
18 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
19 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
20 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
21 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
22 Pacific Atoll ca. 1945
23 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
24 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
25 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
26 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
27 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
28 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
29 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
30 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
31 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
32 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
33 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
34 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
35 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
36 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
37 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
38 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
39 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
40 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
41 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
42 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
43 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
44 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
45 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
46 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
47 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
48 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
49 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
50 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
51 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
52 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
53 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945
54 Pacific Atoll. ca. 1945

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Tarawa

This series includes a letter written by Clell Thorpe about the Battle of Tarawa, and a typescript titled Tarawa Today which describes a group of 4×5” negatives also found in this series. In addition there are four small black and white photographs of Tarawa Island.
box folder
4 1 Tarawa. July 13, 1945
2 Tarawa. 1945
3 Tarawa. ca. 1945
4 Tarawa. ca. 1945
5 Tarawa. ca. 1945
6 Tarawa. ca. 1945
7 Tarawa. ca. 1945
8 Tarawa. ca. 1945
9 Tarawa. ca. 1945
10 Tarawa. ca. 1945
11 Tarawa. ca. 1945
12 Tarawa ca. 1945
13 Tarawa ca. 1945
14 Tarawa. ca. 1945
15 Tarawa. ca. 1945
16 Tarawa. ca. 1945
17 Tarawa. ca. 1945
18 Tarawa. ca. 1945
19 Tarawa. ca. 1945
20 Tarawa. ca. 1945
21 Tarawa. ca. 1945
22 Tarawa. ca. 1945
23 Tarawa. ca. 1945
24 Tarawa. ca. 1945

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Miscellaneous

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 Miscellaneous. Nov. 26, 1942
26 Miscellaneous. July, 1943
27 Miscellaneous. undated
28 Miscellaneous. undated
29 Miscellaneous. July 20, 1947
30 Miscellaneous. Dec. 7, 1941
31 Miscellaneous. Dec. 8, 1941
32 Miscellaneous. Dec. 8, 1941
33 Miscellaneous. undated
34 Miscellaneous. Nov. 14, 1960
35 Miscellaneous. Nov. 16, 1960
36 Miscellaneous. [1886]

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