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Northeast Florida Regional Ephemera Collection. Wars and Military.

 Collection — Container: M12-4
Identifier: M12-4

Scope and Contents

The Northeast region of Florida has an extensive and rich military history, from its discovery and settlement by the Spanish and French, its occupation by Union troops four different times during the U.S. Civil War, and its important military role during both World Wars. In particular, the development of Camp Joseph E. Johnston (now Naval Air Station Jacksonville) from 1917 to 1918 signaled the beginning of a significant military presence in the region. Current military installations include: Camp Blanding, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and Naval Station Mayport. Another important United States military base, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, is located in adjacent southeastern Georgia. The primary source materials in the collection date from the mid-twentieth century and provide historical evidence and documentation of military activities and events in the region. The core of the collection are print ephemera, including certificates, event programs, folders, newsclippings, posters and artifacts.

Dates

  • Created: 1945-

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. For additional information and to make an appointment to view the collection, contact (904) 620-1533 or e-mail lib-special@unf.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to photograph, publish, quote or reproduce items must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder. The reproduction of materials is subject to the discretion of the Library. Materials may be restricted by donor limitations, compliance with copyright law, and the condition of the materials.

Extent

3.00 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Northeast region of Florida has an extensive and rich military history, from its discovery and settlement by the Spanish and French, its occupation by Union troops four different times during the U.S. Civil War, and its important military role during both World Wars. In particular, the development of Camp Joseph E. Johnston (now Naval Air Station Jacksonville) from 1917 to 1918 signaled the beginning of a significant military presence in the region. Current military installations include: Camp Blanding, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and Naval Station Mayport. Another important United States military base, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, is located in adjacent southeastern Georgia.

Arrangement Note

Collection arranged by military branch and base; sub-arranged alphabetically by title of item.

Source of Acquisition

Items acquired via the donations of Linda L. Smith, Valarie Lockwood, and Archives staff. It is anticipated that items will continue to be added.

Related Materials

CAMP BLANDING Camp Blanding, Florida : three unofficial histories. St. Augustine, Fla.: Florida Dept. of Military Affairs, [1988?] Camp Blanding Museum and Memorial Park. Smith, W. Stanford. Camp Blanding : Florida star in peace and war. Fuquay-Varina, N.C.: Research Triangle Pub., 1998. FLORIDA NATIONAL GUARD Hawk, Robert. Florida's Army : Militia / State Troops / National Guard 1565-1985. Englewood, Fla.: Pineapple Press, c1986. NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE (former Camp Joseph E. Johnston, 1917-1919) Williamson, Ronald M. NAS JAX : an illustrated history of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida. Paducah, Ky.: Turner Pub. Co., c1990. Camp Joseph E. Johnston Collection. The collection consists primarily of the World War 1 correspondence of Wesley "Lee" Bouslog, a soldier from Indiana who arrived at Camp Johnston in late December 1917. During his six month stay, Bouslog sent 106 letters to his girlfriend, Opal Valentine Baker, in Indiana. The lengthy letters provide extensive documentation on his life as a soldier in training; the wide-ranging topics cover descriptions of maintenance tasks, such as clearing away shrubbery from the banks of the St. John's River, to his daily meals and the Camp's popular songs. Additional items in the collection include postcards, a souvenir folder, and oversize photographs of the Camp's soldiers, buildings and sites. Overall, the collection provides printed and visual documentation of the Camp's activities and development from 1917 to 1918, which signal the beginning of a significant military presence in the Jacksonville region. The Florida Collection at the Jacksonville Public Libraries holds 19 postcards of Camp Johnston. The Florida Peace Officers School Collection at the Special Collections Dept. of Florida State University Libraries provides information on the history of the site, chiefly during its post-1928 years as Camp Foster. The Florida Photographic Collection, State Archives of Florida holds 71 visual images of Camp Johnston, including postcards and photographs. NAVAL STATION MAYPORT Overby, Joe Abb. Acres aweigh : a true story of the history of Naval Station Mayport. [s.l.]: Global Authors Publications, c2010. CIVIL WAR IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA Resources in Special Collections: The Civil War in Northeast Florida. The Guide lists general monographs, maps, theses and dissertations, video recordings and provides links to web resources and sites. Descriptions of individual items are available in the Container List. Information about related materials is available at http://www.unf.edu/library/specialcollections/manuscripts/containers/Northeast_Florida_Regional_Ephemera_Collection__Wars_and_Military_.aspx

Other Descriptive Information

Container list available. Additional information may be found at http://www.unf.edu/library/specialcollections/manuscripts/containers/Northeast_Florida_Regional_Ephemera_Collection__Wars_and_Military_.aspx
Title
Northeast Florida Regional Ephemera Collection. Wars and Military.
Author
Collection Description/Finding Aid prepared by Eileen D. Brady.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
eng

Repository Details

Part of the UNF Library Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1 UNF Drive
Jacksonville FL 32224 US
904-620-1533