University of Texas Arlington

Dott Smith Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Smith, Dott E.
Title: Dott Smith Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1929-1946
Bulk Dates: 1943-1946
Identification: AR129
Extent: 7 boxes (2.92 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Colonel Dott E. Smith commanded the largest prisoner of war facility in the United States from May 1944 to June 1946. He held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, and was Commanding Officer, Army Service Forces, Ninth Service Command, Prisoner of War Camp, Rupert, Idaho. The Ninth Service Command included branch camps in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington. The camps held German, Russian, Italian, and Japanese prisoners. Russian captives were repatriated to the Soviet Union through the camps after the war.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence; memos; statistics; minutes; special orders; transcripts of telephone conversations, conferences, and prisoner interviews; officer personnel, camp, and prisoner lists; security, intelligence, inspection, and activity reports; manuals; handbooks; camp newspaper typescripts; and notes. Includes a copy of the "Geneva Convention," a 1945 report on U.S. prisoner of war camps, and farm-labor conference materials. Focus of collection is on branch camps in Idaho, Montana, and Oregon.


 

Organization

The materials are organized by document type. In the first three groups, the folders are arranged in reverse chronological order. In the fourth group, the folders are in alphabetical order. All material within the folders is in reverse chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Smith, Dott E.--Archives.
Organizations
United States. Army Service Forces. Service Command, 9th--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American.
Prisoners of war--United States.
Prisoners of war--Soviet Union.
Prisoners of war--Germany.
Prisoners of war--Italy.
Prisoners of war--Japan.
Repatriation--Soviet Union.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Dott E. Smith, September 28, 1976.

Citation

Dott Smith Papers, AR129, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Processing Information

The material was received in good order. Original order was maintained in most cases. The majority of the material was in reverse chronological order, so the rest was changed to conform.


Container List

 

Box Folder
1 1 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 10 June - 1 June, 1946
2 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 May - 14 May, 1946
3 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 13 May - 1 May, 1946
4 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 April - 19 April, 1946
5 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 19 April - 1 April, 1946
6 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, March and February, 1946
7 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 January - 1 January, 1946
8 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 December - 1 December, 1945
Box Folder
2 1 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 November - 16 Nov., 1945
2 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 Nov. - 1 Nov., 1945
3 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 Oct. - 16 Oct., 1945
4 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 Oct. - 1 Oct., 1945
5 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 29 September - 17 Sept., 1945
6 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 Sept. - 1 Sept., 1945
7 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 August - 16 Aug., 1945
Box Folder
3 1 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 16 Aug. - 1 Aug., 1945
2 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 July - 21 July, 1945
3 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 20 July - 16 July, 1945
4 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 July - 1 July, 1945
5 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 June - 16 June, 1945
6 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 June - 1 June, 1945
7 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts 31 May - 16 May, 1945
Box Folder
4 1 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 May - 1 May, 1945
2 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 April - 1 April, 1945
3 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 Mar. - 1 Mar., 1945
4 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 28 Feb. - 1 Feb., 1945
5 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 Jan. - 1 Jan., 1945
6 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 Dec. - 1 Dec., 1944
7 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 Nov. - 1 Nov., 1944
8 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 October - 16 Oct., 1944
9 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 15 October - 1 Oct., 1944
Box Folder
5 1 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 Sept. - 1 Sept., 1944
2 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 Aug. - 1 Aug., 1944
3 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 31 July, 1944 - 1 July, 1944
4 Telephone Conversations, Transcripts, 30 June through 31 May, 1944
5 Conferences, Transcripts, 25 May - 1 April, 1946
6 Conferences, Transcripts, 20 Mar., 1946 - 22 June, 1945
7 Conferences, Transcripts, 22 June, 1945 - 10 June, 1944
Box Folder
6 1 Special Orders, 10 June, 1946 - 15 November, 1945
2 Special Orders, 14 Nov. - 13 Oct., 1945
3 Special Orders, 2 Oct. - 5 Sept., 1945
4 Special Orders, 4 September - 2 July, 1945
5 Special Orders, 30 June, 1945 - 10 May, 1944
6 List and Statistics, Prisoner of War Camps, 1945-1946
Box Folder
7 1 Prisoner of War Camps - Miscellaneous Records, 22 April, 1946 - 7 Oct., 1944
List of prisoners letter, labor contracts list inspections, report, memos, correspondence, etc.
2 Red Cross Convention between the U.S.A. and other Powers, Geneva, July 27, 1929
on Prisoners of War - Text
3 Reports from Security and Intelligence Officer, 17 Dec. through 9 April, 1945
4 Statistics, Prisoner of War Camps, 10 June, 1946 - 30 Oct., 1945
5 Statistics, Prisoner of War Camps, 29 Oct. - 20 June, 1945
6 U. S. Army Regional Conference, Prisoner of War Commanders, 1944 -
Handbook
7 U. S. Army, Technical Manual - Enemy Prisoners of War, 1945
(incomplete)
8 U. S. Army, Technical Manuals - Transporting Prisoners of War, undated
9 U. S. Army, Technical Manual - War Dogs, July 1, 1943