Wilbur Kenneth Bragg Collection

Manuscript Collection #1100

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Wilbur Kenneth Bragg Collection
    Creator: Bragg, Kenneth Wilbur
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1942-1946, 1957, 1989), including photographic prints, a scrapbook, a manuscript, and a recreational map of the U. S.
    Extent: 1.6 Cubic feet, 1.6 cubic feet 2 archival boxes, Collection (1942-1946, 1957, 1989), including photographic prints, a scrapbook, a manuscript, and a recreational map of the U. S.
  • Description
     

    The papers are divided into the series of Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints, Scrapbooks, Oversized Materials, Photographic Prints and Printed Materials. The photographs in this collection taken by Wilbur Kenneth Bragg reflect both military and civilian life in Europe during and after World War II, from 1942 to 1946. The subjects of the photographs in the scrapbook include civilians, soldiers, pets, landscapes, historic structures, military camps, bombers, and bomb damage in England, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, and Switzerland. Of particular interest are the photographs in the scrapbook showing bombing attacks in progress, bomb damage in England and Germany, the Glenn Miller Band and Dinah Shore at the 200th Mission celebration, the remains of Benito Mussolini and his mistress, and the VE Day celebrations at Connings. The collection also contains separate photographic prints of England, France, and Germany. Of particular interest are the aerial reconnaissance photographic prints of the Pinetree Camp in England. Printed materials within the collection include a 1945 pamphlet entitled Hitler Passed This Way: 170 Pictures from the London Times Evening News, that contains images illustrating the effects of the Blitzkrieg of 1940 on London; and a 1989 manuscript entitled History of the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion April 4, 1944 – November 20, 1945, World War II, European Theatre of Operations, by Robert des Granges. The manuscript contains a note from the author to Bragg: “Will, To a very good army buddy and friend of many years. Hope you enjoy the book. Bob des.” Also present is a 1957 Rand McNally recreational map of the United States. This map features national parks, recreational areas, national forests, Indian reservations, wild life game refuges, highways, trails and state parks. See container list for further details.

  • Biographical / Historical Note
     

    Wilbur Kenneth Bragg was born in Kansas on September 27, 1922, and grew up in California. He enlisted in the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion, 8th U.S. Air Force as a photographer on November 16, 1942. The job of this battalion included mapping, accessing, and photographing bomb damage, as well as acquiring military intelligence. Bragg next served in Bakersfield, California, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Lebanon, Tennessee, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Then, on March 1, 1944 he was assigned to leave for Bristol, England. From March 1944 until February 1946, Bragg documented the war and civilian life in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Germany and Switzerland with his photography. He returned to the United States on March 6, 1946 and was discharged on March 13, 1946. In 1968 Bragg moved to Rocky Mount, North Carolina to set up a photography studio, and died on October 6, 2004.

  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    August 21, 2007 12 items, 0.60 cubic feet; Collection (1942-1957) pertaining to the World War II service of Sgt. Wilbur Kenneth Bragg, a photographer, in the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion, 8th U. S. Air Force, from November 1942 to March 1946, in England, Scotland & Wales, France, Germany, and Switzerland, including manuscripts, photographic prints, scrapbook material & printed materials, that illustrate both civilian and military life during and after World War II in Europe; also a recreational map of the United States. Donor: Mrs. Jane Bragg

    October 3, 2007 (addition 1) 13 items, 0.60 cubic feet; Collection (1945) of World War II photographic prints and a pamphlet collected by Sgt. Wilbur Kenneth Bragg, a photographer, who served in the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion, 8th U. S. Air Force, in London, England, Laon & Paris, France, and Kassell, Germany. Donor: Mrs. Jane Bragg

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Jane Bragg

    Access Restrictions

    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

    Wilbur Kenneth Bragg Collection (#1100), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, December 31, 2007

    Processed by A. Keeny April 2009

Container List

  • Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints
     

    • Box 1
       
      Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints (ca. 1945) High Wycombe & Marlow, England. Black & White. 10" x 10" 5 items. 5 p. Note: Captioned "Compliments of 325th Recon. Wing." Includes views of Daw's House, High Wycombe, Pinetree Camp Work Area, & Medmanham House, Marlow, England.
      Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints (7 May, 5 June 1945) Pinetree Camp, England & Unknown City with bomb damage, #0035, #0061, #0085, #0104. Black & White. 10" x 10" 4 items. 4 p. Note: Captioned: "D-US 7GR/LOC.4D(LIB) 7 May 45 F12"(305.0) 10.1500 22 SQ"; "D-US 7GR/LOC.33B(LIB) 5 June 45 F12"(305.0)"; & "1945 'Pinetree' 942nd Topo. Engr."
  • Oversized Materials
     

    Rand McNally Recreational Area Map of the United States (February 1957) © Rand McNally & Co. Printed Map. Scale: 1:4,000,000. 1"= 65 miles (approx.) 34.5" x 52" 1 item. 1 p.
  • Photographic Prints
     

    • Box 2
       
      • Folder a
         
        Cathedral at Laon, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 1)
        Cathedral at Rheims, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
        Arc de Triomphe [Arch of Triumph] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
        Gardens at Palais de Versailles [Palace of Versailles] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 4)
        Palais de Chaillot [Palace of Chaillot] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 5)
        Eiffel Tower, View from base, Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 6)
        Eiffel Tower, Elevation view, Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 7)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 8)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 9)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 10)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 11)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 12)
  • Printed Materials
     

    • Box 2
       
      Hitler Passed This Way: 170 Pictures from the London Times Evening News, Compiled by Crawford Snowden. Printed by Alabaster, Passmore & Sons, Ltd., London and Maidstone and Published by The Evening News (Associated Newspapers Ltd. Carmelite House, London, E.C.4.) Pamphlet. 1 item. 50 p. Note: Autographed: "To Dick with Best Wishes From Joan." A selection of photographs taken before and after the Blitzkrieg of 1940, illustrating the extent of bomb damage to London during World War Two.
      History of the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion April 4, 1944 - November 20, 1945, World War II, European Theatre of Operations, by Robert des Granges San Diego, CA: Robert des Granges, 1989. Photocopy Typescript. Spiral Bound. 1 item. 194 p. Notes: Includes Technical History of the 942nd Engr Avn Topo Bn & Unit History 4 April 1944 to November 1945. Printing by Alphagraphics, San Diego, CA 92127. Note: Unit History was reproduced from a microfilm provided to the author by Russell Stradling. Autographed by author with sentiment: "Will, To a very good army buddy and friend of many years. Hope you enjoy the book. Bob des Granges."

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Container List

  • Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints
     

    • Box 1
       
      Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints (ca. 1945) High Wycombe & Marlow, England. Black & White. 10" x 10" 5 items. 5 p. Note: Captioned "Compliments of 325th Recon. Wing." Includes views of Daw's House, High Wycombe, Pinetree Camp Work Area, & Medmanham House, Marlow, England.
      Aerial Reconnaissance Photographic Prints (7 May, 5 June 1945) Pinetree Camp, England & Unknown City with bomb damage, #0035, #0061, #0085, #0104. Black & White. 10" x 10" 4 items. 4 p. Note: Captioned: "D-US 7GR/LOC.4D(LIB) 7 May 45 F12"(305.0) 10.1500 22 SQ"; "D-US 7GR/LOC.33B(LIB) 5 June 45 F12"(305.0)"; & "1945 'Pinetree' 942nd Topo. Engr."
  • Oversized Materials
     

    Rand McNally Recreational Area Map of the United States (February 1957) © Rand McNally & Co. Printed Map. Scale: 1:4,000,000. 1"= 65 miles (approx.) 34.5" x 52" 1 item. 1 p.
  • Photographic Prints
     

    • Box 2
       
      • Folder a
         
        Cathedral at Laon, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 1)
        Cathedral at Rheims, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 2)
        Arc de Triomphe [Arch of Triumph] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 3)
        Gardens at Palais de Versailles [Palace of Versailles] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 item. 1 p. (item 4)
        Palais de Chaillot [Palace of Chaillot] Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 5)
        Eiffel Tower, View from base, Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 6)
        Eiffel Tower, Elevation view, Paris, France (1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 7)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 8)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 9)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 10)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 11)
        Ruins of Kassell, Germany (October 1945) Photographic print. Black & White. 5.5" x 7.5" 1 (item 12)
  • Printed Materials
     

    • Box 2
       
      Hitler Passed This Way: 170 Pictures from the London Times Evening News, Compiled by Crawford Snowden. Printed by Alabaster, Passmore & Sons, Ltd., London and Maidstone and Published by The Evening News (Associated Newspapers Ltd. Carmelite House, London, E.C.4.) Pamphlet. 1 item. 50 p. Note: Autographed: "To Dick with Best Wishes From Joan." A selection of photographs taken before and after the Blitzkrieg of 1940, illustrating the extent of bomb damage to London during World War Two.
      History of the 942nd Engineer Aviation Topographic Battalion April 4, 1944 - November 20, 1945, World War II, European Theatre of Operations, by Robert des Granges San Diego, CA: Robert des Granges, 1989. Photocopy Typescript. Spiral Bound. 1 item. 194 p. Notes: Includes Technical History of the 942nd Engr Avn Topo Bn & Unit History 4 April 1944 to November 1945. Printing by Alphagraphics, San Diego, CA 92127. Note: Unit History was reproduced from a microfilm provided to the author by Russell Stradling. Autographed by author with sentiment: "Will, To a very good army buddy and friend of many years. Hope you enjoy the book. Bob des Granges."


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