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Bernarr Cresap Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0022

This collection consists of a photocopied manuscript for Mementos of World War II, photographs, and press clippings from Bernarr Cresap's service in the United States Air Force during WWII. The manuscript includes copies of his military documents, correspondence, and photographs of the aircrafts. The photographs included pictures of his bomber group, bomber aircrafts, and accidents. Most of the press clippings pertain to WWII, his crews, and other soldiers he knew personally.

Dates

  • circa 1944-1945, 1983-1989

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Manuscript and University Archives collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is 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

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection consists of a photocopied manuscript for Mementos of World War II, photographs, and press clippings from Bernarr Cresap's service in the United States Air Force during WWII.

Biographical/Historical Note

Bernarr Cresap was born on November 29, 1913, in Scotia, Nebraska. He was the son of Rev. Joseph Ord and Nora (Manning) Cresap. He attended and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1942. In October of that year, Cresap entered the 8th Air Force and was deployed to the European Theater. He served as Staff Sergeant in the 709th Bomb Squadron 447th bomb group. In November of 1945, he was honorably discharged from the Air Force.

After WWII, Cresap attended Vanderbilt University for his M.A. and Ph.D. Cresap became a history professor at the University of North Alabama. He served as the president of the Alabama Historical Society and the Tennessee Historical Society. After retiring to Gallatin, Tennessee, Cresap became the president of the Sumner County Historical Society and was an active volunteer at the Sumner County Archives.

Cresap married Dorothy Hix and the couple had one son.

He died on February 20, 1997.

Previous Citation

This collection was originally listed as part of MS.1314 (World War II Collection) and MS.1764 (World War II Collection). It was then listed as CSWS.WWII.1.0022 until receiving its current number.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections acquired this collection via the Center for the Study of War and Society

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