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Finding aid for the California State Military Forces letters, photographs and portfolio

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2014 May

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
California. State Militia. 1st Aero Squadron.
Title
California State Military Forces letters, photographs and portfolio
Collection no.
7023
Date
1942
Extent
1.29 linear ft., 1 box
Language
English
Mixed materials [Box]
1
Abstract
This small collection consists of a ceremonial book documenting the School of the Line and Staff of Camp Hopkins, October Session 1942; letters to and orders for the officers of the 1st Aero Squadron of the California State Militia, headquartered in Griffith Park, regarding a program for enlisting recruits, the operation of an air base at Manzanar, and promotion orders; and photographs, presumably of members of the Squadron. The collections appears to have been assembled by Captain John F. B. Carruthers, who served as chaplain at Camp Hopkins School of the Line and Staff. Camp Harry L. Hopkins, located in the Santa Monica Mountains, was the training center for the California State Guard. The School of the Line and Staff was established in September 1942.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], California State Military Forces letters, photographs and portfolio, Collection no. 7023, Regional History Collection, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

This small collection consists of a ceremonial book documenting the School of the Line and Staff of Camp Hopkins, October Session 1942; letters to and orders for the officers of the 1st Aero Squadron of the California State Militia, headquartered in Griffith Park, regarding a program for enlisting recruits, the operation of an air base at Manzanar, and promotion orders; and photographs, presumably of members of the Squadron.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 May
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • California. State Militia. 1st Aero Squadron. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Letters
  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Camp Hopkins (Los Angeles, Calif.)--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • Carruthers, John F.B., Captain -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Soldiers--California--20th century--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

 "Line and Staff/Camp Hopkins/1942/October Session/School of the Line and Staff" 1942 

Scope and Content

This graduation portfolio celebrates the School of the Line and Staff, located at Camp Hopkins and operated by the California State Guard. It contains a history of the School, which was founded to provide 30 days of training and study in military tactics and related subjects for 24 commissioned officers of the line, detached from the 12 regiments of the California State Guard; a roster of faculty; photographs of the student corps and faculty; and the names of the graduates. It is inscribed on the front end paper to Polly Carruthers, daughter of Captain John F.B. Carruthers, and dated "Christmas/1942/Pasadena".

 Letters 1942 July-August 

Scope and Content

List of names and addresses of non-commissioned officers, dated July 5, 1942. Includes typed and handwritten names; 5 carbon copies of Special Orders, dated July 19, 1942, appointing officers to posts at the First Aero Squadron, California State Militia; carbon copy of letter dated July 31, 1942 from Major William Dunn, California State Guard, to John Lubken, Inyo County Board of Supervisors, regarding the Guard's request to maintain and operate an air base at Manzanar airport; 2 carbon copies of a Special Order, dated August 2, 1942, for a promotion of a non-commisioned officer; and a typed letter from Staff Sargeant Hosler to the Officers of the 1st Aero Squadron, California State Militia, regarding a program for enlisting recruits for the Squadron.

 Photographs circa 1942 

Scope and Content

Photographs of soldiers, presumably members of the 1st Aero Squadron. Each has penciled notations on the reverse, including some names.

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