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African American Military Photograph Albums

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2881

A collection of photographs of African Americans in or around Knoxville from 1941-1969. These photographs come from three photo albums, one being a Historical and Pictoral Review of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a year book for the year 1941. It includes all of the soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg in 1941 and the different activities inside of the base.

The second album is made up of images of a family that lived in or around Knoxville. The photos include group and individual portraits. It is unkown what the family name is. The third photo album is from a tour of duty in Germany and Sweden. The album consists of pictures of what the soldiers did in their free time. No specific dates are given for these materials, but are circa WWII era.

Dates

  • 1941-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet

Abstract

A collection of photographs of African Americans in or around Knoxville from 1941-1969. These photographs come from three photo albums, one being a Historical and Pictorial Review of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a year book for the year 1941. It includes all of the soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg in 1941 and the different activities inside of the base.

The second album is made up of images of a family that lived in or around Knoxville. The photos include group and individual portraits. It is unknown what the family name is. The third photo album is from a tour of duty in Germany and Sweden. The album consists of pictures of what the soldiers did in their free time. No specific dates are given for these materials, but are circa WWII era.

Biographical/Historical Note

During World War II 2.5 million African-American men registered for the draft, and black women volunteered in large numbers. While serving in the Army, Army Air Forces, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, they experienced continuing discrimination and segregation. Despite these impediments, many African-American men and women met the challenge and persevered. They served with distinction, made valuable contributions to the war effort, and earned well-deserved praise and commendations for their struggles and sacrifices.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged in chronological order from 1941-1969.

Acquisition Note

Collection was purchased by Special Collections in August 2006.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480