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Glenn C. Ames Collection, 1927-1986, undated

Manuscript Collection #1158

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Glenn C. Ames Collection
Creator: Ames, Glenn Charles
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Extent: 1.0 Cubic feet, 598 items .

Administrative Information Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Accessions Information

December 7, 2009, (unprocessed) 598 items, 1.0 cubic feet; Collection (1927-1986, undated) compiled by Glenn Charles Ames, an intelligence officer, relating primarily to his service in the 41st Infantry Division, United States Army, during World War II, in Australia; Hollandia, New Guinea; Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines; Java, Shouten Island & Biak Island, & the Netherlands East Indies; also documenting his service as commanding general of the California National Guard, 1967-1975, including manuscripts, printed materials, & photographic prints & including two photographs of a Lockheed Explorer monoplane at the Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, Calif., in 1927, numerous scenes of combat during World War II, and of social events involving the National Guard. See preliminary inventory attached. 2 boxes. 598 items. 771 p. (ca. 1.0 cubic feet) Recd. 9/17/2009. Note: The donor received the collection as a gift from a descendant of Gen. Ames through the courtesy of his student Alex Jones, in Feb. 2004. After World War II, Ames (1913-1990) practiced law in California but remained an officer in the U. S. Army Reserve. In 1951, he switched to the California National Guard where he played an active role during the 1965 Watts riots. He retired in 1967 as a brigadier general but Gov. Ronald Reagan recalled him to duty four months later to head the California National Guard. He strengthened the Guard to control civil disturbances resulting from civil rights riots & protests against the war in Vietnam. He retired in 1975 with the federal rank of major general and the state rank of lieutenant general. Donor: William J. Rorabaugh

Access Restrictions

Researchers must obtain permission from the Assistant Director for Special Collections to access photographic prints in folder 2.d containing graphic images of enemy dead. Otherwise, no restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Glenn C. Ames Collection (#1158), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of William J. Rorabaugh

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Jonathan Dembo, December 07, 2009


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Glenn Charles Ames was born on 29 March 1913. A native of Wisconsin, Ames entered military service in 1935, when he received a commission as a second lieutenant in the Officers Reserve Corps on his graduation from the University of Illinois. After earning his law degree from the University of Southern California, in 1937, he served in what he termed "the old horse cavalry," patrolling the Mexican border. During World War II, he served as an intelligence in the 41st Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater. Ames served in Australia, New Guinea, the then Dutch East Indies and the Philippines, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. At the end of the war, he was the intelligence officer in a task force that occupied the Hiroshima-Kure area and accepted the surrender of the remaining Imperial Japanese Navy.

After occupation duty in Japan, he returned to the United States to practice law in Encino, California. He specialized in probate and corporate law. However, Ames remained an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. In 1951, he switched to the California National Guard. In 1965, Ames played an active part in the Guard's service during the Watts [Los Angeles, Ca.] riots. Ames also helped train Guard troops to assist local police officers if other civil disturbances erupted in California's major cities.

Gen. Ames retired from the California National Guard in 1966 with the rank of brigadier general. However, Gov. Ronald Reagan recalled him to duty in 1967 to serve as commander of the California National Guard with the rank of lieutenant general. Gen. Ames served to a tumultuous period in California history. He reorganized and strengthened the Guard, preparing troops to maintain order during demonstrations and civil disturbances. Ames retired from the Guard in 1975 with the federal rank of major general.

Gen. Ames died of heart failure on 2 October 1990 in Los Angeles, Ca. He was 77 years old. Gen. Ames left a wife, Maxine, a son, Glenn C. Ames Jr., a daughter, Jodi Ames Mulliniks, a sister, and two grandchildren.

Preliminary Inventory Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1#1158.1
    Photographic Prints
    • Folder a#1158.1.a
      California National Guard Officers & Social Events (1968-1969, undated) Photographic prints. Black and White. 8" x 10" 50 items. 50 p. Note: includes "Courtesy call on Gov. Ronald Reagan".
    • Folder b#1158.1.b
      California National Guard Officers & Social Events [ca.1968-1969, undated] Photographic prints. Black and White. 8" x 10" 36 items. 36 p. Note: includes "Courtesy call on Gov. Ronald Reagan"
    • Folder c#1158.1.c
      41st Infantry Division: Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines; Java; Hollandia, New Guinea (1945, undated) Photographic prints. Black and White. Various sizes: 1.5" x 2.25 - 8" x 10" 190 items. 190 p. Note: Includes scenes of Joe E. Brown's USO tour. Includes combat images.
    • Folder d#1158.1.d
      41st Infantry Division: Biak Island, Netherlands East Indies; Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, Ca. (1927, 1944, undated) Photographic prints. Black and White. Various sizes: 1.5" x 2.25 - 8" x 10" 36 items. 36 p. Note: Netherlands East Indies is also known as Dutch East Indies, is now known as Indonesia. Includes two prints of Donald Douglas, his step-father, Fred Bauman with Douglas Aircraft Company employees examining a Lockheed Explorer, Santa Monica, Calif., 1927.
  • Box 2#1158.2
    • Folder a#1158.2.a
      41st Infantry Division: Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines; Hollandia, New Guinea; California National Guard (1945, 1963-1968, undated) Photographic prints. Black and White & Color. Various sizes 1.5" x 2.25 - 8" x 10" 86 items. 86 p. Note: Includes several captured Japanese prints.
    • Folder b#1158.2.b
      41st Infantry Division: Australia; Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines; Hollandia, New Guinea; Shouten Island, Netherlands East Indies (1944-1945, 1962, undated) Photographic prints. Black & White & Color. Various sizes: ca. 2.5" x 2.5" - 4.5" x 3.5" 135 items. 135 p. Note: Includes combat images. Includes captured Japanese prints.
    • Folder c#1158.2.c
      41st Infantry Division: Australia; Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippines (1945, undated) Restricted Photographic prints. Black and White. Various sizes: ca. 2.5" x 3.5" - 4" x 5" 6 items. 6 p. Note: Restricted Access. Graphic images. Corpses. Body parts. Captions: "Formosan labor battalion soldier cannibalized by Japs." "Jap cannibalized by his own troops." Permission of Dept. Head required for access.
    • Folder d#1158.2.d
      ANACDUTRA: 40th Armored Division Report (1963) Photocopy typescript & Photographic prints 1 item. 34 p. Note: ANACDUTREA = Annual Tours of Active Duty for Training. Includes Division History, 1917-1963 & biographical sketches of division officers including Glenn C. Ames.
    • Folder e#1158.2.e
      Army Division Formal Dinner 20 September 1969 Protocol, Dinner Seating, Diagram, Mather AFB Officers Mess, Strip Map to Mather AFB (19 Sept. 1969) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 9 p.
    • Folder f#1158.2.f
      Comments of Major General Glenn C. Ames, Commanding General, State Military Forces, to the Senate Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs Committee, San Diego, Calif. (14 Nov. 1969) Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 7 p.
    • Folder g#1158.2.g
      Letters received (1967-1971) ALS, Photocopy TL & Printed. 7 items. 13 p. Note: Includes copy of letter dated 4 Aug. 1969 from Paul McCloskey, Jr. to Gov. Ronald Reagan regarding the situation at the University of California - Berkeley & mentioning his interview with Gen. Ames.
    • Folder h#1158.2.h
      Lt. Col. Andrew G. Wolf, Jr. Letters to Gen. Glenn C. Ames attaching California National Guard Newsletters (1969) ALS & Printed. 3 items. 10 p.
    • Folder i#1158.2.i
      Meet Your Commanders: Major General Glenn Charles Ames, Commanding General, State Military Forces [1969] Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 1 p. Note: Biographical article with photo.
    • Folder j#1158.2.j
      Newspaper & Magazine Clippings & Photocopies (1947-1986, undated) 31 items. 53 p.
    • Folder k#1158.2.k
      State of Colorado Department of Military Affairs. Letter to Mrs. Glenn C. Ames (23 April 1969) re: Ladies Activities at Adjutants General Association Conference. TLS. Mimeograph typescript. 1 item. 5 p.
    • Folder l#1158.2.l
      Printed Material (1967-1975) 12 items. 100 p.; Brochures & Leaflets: items 1 - 2; Pamphlets: items 3 - 8; Periodicals: items 9 - 11; Ephemera: item 12
      • Change of Command Ceremony: Commanding General California National Guard. MG Glenn C. Ames; MG Frank J. Schober, Jr. (17 June 1975) Program. 1 item. 2 p.  (item #1)
      • Income Tax Consequences of Political Contributions, by Ernest R. Mortensen and Peter M. Winkelman. Reprinted from the March 1969 Issue of Taxes -- The Tax Magazine Published and Copyrighted 1969 by Commerce Clearing House, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. All Rights Reserved. Printed. 1 item. 4 p. Note: Autographed "Glenn. I was a former associate of his [Peter M. Winkelman]. J."  (item #2)
      • Adjutants General Association of the United States. Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 12-14 May 1969. (1969) Program 1 item. 6 p.  (item #3)
      • Annual Conference of the Adjutants General Association of the United States, Denver, 12-14 May 1969: Colorful Colorado (1969) Program. Spiral bound. 1 item. 17 p.  (item #4)
      • California Army National Guard. Army Division Dinner 1969, Mather Officers Open Mess, Mather AFB [Air Force Base], California (1969) Program & Ephemera. 2 items. 9 p. Note: June Ames's identification label attached.  (item #5)
      • Dress and Address in the Nation's Capital, Compliments of The Madison, Washington's Correct Address [ca. 1969] Pamphlet. 1 item. 10 p. Note: Correct way to address federal officials; location of Washington tourist sites.  (item #6)
      • Governor's [Ronald Reagan] Second Inauguration Anniversary Reception, Dinner and Ball, Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles, Ca, 10 Jan. 1969 (1969) Program. 1 item. 8 p. Note: Autographs on back cover: Glenn C. Ames, Maj. Gen.; Vondell and Fred Wilson, Encino; Nanitta Pachmayr (Mrs. Frank); Frank Pachmayr; [Mapid Kyearoba i ied ?]; Babbie Stull; John Stull; Hugh C. Smith, Granada Hills; Jane Ames.  (item #7)
      • Western Governors' Conference, West Yellowstone, Montana, June 25-38, 1967: Governors of the Western States: Biographical Sketches and Portraits (1967) Pamphlet. 1 item. 12 p.  (item #8)
      • California National Guard Newsletter, Vol. 2, No.2 (April-May 1969) Mimeograph typescript.. 1 item. 8 p. Note: Photo and article: "General Ames Appointed to Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee."  (item #9)
      • California National Guard Newsletter, Vol. 2, No.5 (July 1969) Mimeograph typescript.. 1 item. 6 p. Note: Photo and article: "Highest SAR Award Present [to Gen. Ames.]" SAR = Sons of the American Revolution.  (item #10)
      • The Officer, Vol. 46, No. 4, Published by the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, Washington, D.C. (April 1970) Printed. 1 item. 16 p. Note: Article "Keynote Speaker [Gen. Ames] See Divers Challenges," p. 9.  (item #11)
      • Adjutants General Association of the United States. Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 12-14 May 1969. (1969) Military Department State of Indiana Guest Ribbon with Lapel Button 1 item. 1 p.  (item #12)
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