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University of Maine War Records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA RG 0017-001

Scope and Content Note

The record group contains correspondence, 1917-1918, of university president Robert J. Aley and registrar James A. Gannett with students serving in the military as well as correspondence of the alumni association in its effort to raise funds for a memorial building to be erected on campus. Biographical information about each student killed in the war is also found in the records.

The record group also contains correspondence, 1942-1945, of university president Arthur Hauck with students in the military, lists of students and alumni who served, copies of the volume "University of Maine, World War II: In Memoriam" and biographical information used to compile this volume. A card file for those who were called or recalled to service in the Korean War is also included.

There is material from a reunion for veterans of the University of Maine Army Specialized Training Program held on September 28 & 29, 2001.

Box 6 contains a letter from Warren B. Randall in 1994 regarding the fact that Mike Habern's name had been previously misspelt in the Memorial Book. The letter had been in the files of former head of special collections Richard Hollinger and was transferred to the Library Annex in 2021.

Boxes 8-11 contain war register forms compiled by the University of Maine of students who served in World War I and World War II. The forms contain biographical details including their service dates.

Boxes 12 & 13 contain World War II era propaganda from Allies and Axis powers and European countries.

Dates

  • 1897-2001
  • Majority of material found within 1917-1950

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Collection kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.

Use Restrictions

Information on literary rights available in the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department.

Historical Note

The University of Maine saw approximately 1,000 students and alumni serve in World War I and 3,900 serve in World War II. Both wars had a strong effect on the university and its students; the desire to honor those who had served and to memorialize those who had died led to various activities on campus. After the end of World War I, funds were raised to erect the Memorial Gymnasium and Armory and after World War II, those who had died were honored in a volume titled "University of Maine, World War II: In Memoriam." The Alumni Association sent questionnaires to all who had served and maintained files of their service.

Extent

5 boxes

8 boxes (Half size boxes)

Abstract

The record group contains correspondence between University presidents and students serving in the military in World War I and World War II. Also, contains biographical information about each student killed in World War I. And lists of students and alumni who served in World War II, along with copies of the volume "University of Maine, World War II: In Memoriam" and biographical information used to compile this volume. A card file for those who were called or recalled to service in the Korean War is also included.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Item 1 in Box 6 a bound copy of the University of Maine, World War II: In Memoriam publication was transferred to Special Collections by Zach Fields, University of Maine Veterans Education and Transition Services.

Folder 9 in Box 5 was transferred to Special Collections by Richard M. Glidden on November 9, 2001. The material had been in the files of former head of special collections Richard Hollinger and was transferred to the Library Annex in 2021.

Folder 10 in Box 5 was transferred to Special Collections by Barbara Colby Syster (Class of 1937) on July 5, 1984. The material had been in the files of former head of special collections Richard Hollinger and was transferred to the Library Annex in 2021.

Some of the World War II publications and propoganda material in boxes 12 & 13 are addressed to University of Maine professor Ethan Allen Hurd, Department of History of History & Government and Lawrence L. Pelletier, secretary of the Department of History of History & Government.

Related Materials

There is material regarding World War I, World War II, Korean War, and the Vietnam War in the record group Office of the President Records (UA RG 0003). There is also a Class of 1944 Advanced Infantry ROTC Records that contains material on UMaine ROTC students who served in World War II.

Physical Description

Some of the items in Boxes 8-11 are in poor physical conditions, including signs of water damage.

General

Formerly SpC MS 0544.

Processing Information

Processed by Matthew Revitt and volunteer Marian Dressler, April-May, 2019 and May-June 2022 Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department. Processing involved a collection survey and the creation of this finding aid. Material was rehoused into appropriate archival containers and the boxes and folders numbered and titled using information from ArchivesSpace.

Title
University of Maine. War Records
Status
Completed
Author
Matthew Revitt
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Edition statement
Revised in 2019 and 2022.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library University Archives Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686