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DDO Prisoners of War Collection

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DDO Prisoners of War Collection

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Collection Overview

Collection Inventory+/-

    Biographical Note/Historical Note

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    Collection Overview +/-

    Title: DDO Prisoners of War Collection
    Dates: 1941-2007 (inclusive)
    Collection Number: MS 284
    Summary: This collection contains oral histories, photographs and artifacts collected during the oral history project conducted by Special Collections during 2006-07.
    Repository: Stewart Library Special Collections
    Address:
    Weber State University
    2901 University Circle
    Ogden UT 84408

    Collection Inventory +/-

    Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

    The Prisoners of War at Defense Depot Ogden oral history project is the documentation of the lives of the Italian and German prisoners that were held at DDO during World War II. The Ogden Defense Depot, designated as a POW camp on October 11, 1942, was one of the first ten camps in the country. An estimated 5,000 Italian prisoners and approximately 4,000 German prisoners were sent to the facility. The prisoners worked in local warehouses, farms, and orchards. After Italy surrendered in 1943, Italian Service Units were created which allowed the Italians greater freedom than the Germans, including visits to downtown Ogden. The camp closed during the summer of 1946 after the 10,000 prisoners were shipped home.

    This project contains interviews from people who had interaction with the Italian and German POWs, including the community of Weber County and POW widows. They discuss the daily lives of the prisoners which includes conditions at the camp, work related issues, and the feelings of the community surrounding the POW camp.

    Content Description +/-

    This collection contains oral histories, photographs and artifacts collected during the oral history project conducted by Special Collections during 2006-07.

    Collection Use +/-

    Restrictions on Access:

    Open to public research.

    Administrative Information +/-

    Arrangement:

    This collection is arrranged by subject group. This collection is unprocessed.

    Processing Note:

    This collection was processed by a Special Collections processor.

    Creator:

    Defense Depot Ogden

    Language:

    Collection materials are in English.

    Sponsor:

    Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

    Quantity:

    3 box

    Language of the Finding Aid:

    Finding guide is in English in Latin script.

    Author of the Finding Aid:

    Finding aid created by Sarah Langsdon.

    EAD Creation Date:

    2011

    Standard:

    Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).

    Subjects +/-

    Corporate Names:

    Defense Depot Ogden

    Subject Terms:

    World War, 1939-1945
    World War, 1939-1945--Prisons and prisoners
    Oral history
    Politics, Government, and Law
    Military

    Geographical Names:

    Ogden, Utah

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