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World War II Scrapbooks and Photograph Albums

Identifier: MS-2898

  • Staff Only

This collection houses six photograph albums and scrapbooks compiled by several individuals during the course of World War II. In the cases of World War II Album 1 and World War II Album 2, the creator could not be identified. Album 1 has wooden covers and a picture of Mt. Fuji on the front. It contains undated photographs of U. S. soldiers, military camps, and fighter jets in Japan in addition to photographs of Japanese women and cities. Album 2 contains photographs of the Western United States taken between 1942 and 1943. It may have belonged to a military recruit who took pictures as he traveled through California, Oregon, and Missouri.

Two scrapbooks dating from 1942 and 1943 belonged to Mildred Curley, an Iowa native who served in the U. S. Navy's WAVES program. These two items house newspaper clippings, correspondence, telegraphs, photographs, cards, and other ephemera that Curley collected during her training. Another scrapbook belonged to Philip Edmondson and contains Christmas cards, wedding announcements and invitations, correspondence, and newspaper clippings. Finally, the collection houses a school photograph album whose owner could not be identified.


  • 1942-1944

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.


4.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains six photograph albums and scrapbooks compiled by various individuals during World War II. These volumes consist of such materials as photographs, newspaper clippings, letters, cards, telegraphs, and military records documenting the U. S. war effort.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mildred Curley was born in Davenport, Iowa in about 1917. During World War II, she served in the U. S. Navy's WAVES program.


This collection consists of four boxes.

Acquisition Note

This collection is property of Special Collections.

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA