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Earlene Aytes Tennessee POW Camps Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CSWS-0114

This collection features resources about the Prisoner of War camps in Crossville and Tullahoma, Tennessee. Including personal narratives, documents, and later recounts and analyses, these materials present information and understanding of these two camps during WWII. The collection is arranged into three topical series:

Series I: POW Camp in Crossville, Tennessee includes personal narratives from German prisoners in the camp, as well as meeting minutes, maps, officers' cards, sales lists, and analyses of how prisoners were treated.

Series II: POW Camp in Tullahoma, Tennessee features a document about Camp Forrest during the 1940s.

Series III: News Articles contains two news articles about POW camps, dated 1943 and 1992.

Dates

  • 1943-1946, 1981, 1992-1993, undated

Language

English.

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

0.1 Linear Feet (4 folders)

Abstract

This collection features resources about the Prisoner of War camps in Crossville and Tullahoma, Tennessee. Including personal narratives, documents, and later recounts and analyses, these materials present information and understanding of these two camps during WWII.

Biographical/Historical Note

Both Camp Crossville and Camp Forrest (Tullahoma) were prisoner of war camps that housed Italian and German POWs during World War II.

Earlene Chandler Farris Aytes (January 3, 1916-July 22, 2008) lived in Crossville, Tenn. and worked as a secretary at the Prisoner of War Camp in Crossville during World War II. She later retired from the Atomic Energy Commission in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Aytes was married twice, to Herman Farris and Col. Glenn Aytes.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.2012. Earlene Aytes has been previously identified as "Erlene Aytes."

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult MS.2561, Crossville POW Camp Collection.

Repository Details

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

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