Guide to the United States V-12 collection, 1939-ongoing | MC055

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Title
United States V-12 collection
ID
MC055
Date
1939-ongoing
Extent
4.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
This collection is composed of material documenting the Navy College Training Program, known as V-12, located at Bates College, which trained naval officers for World War II.

Preferred Citation

United States V-12 collection, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

In April of 1943 Bates College was selected as a training site for the new Navy College Training Program known as V-12. The Bates program was commissioned on July 1, 1943 and began with 292 trainees; over the course of the program, 782 trainees were processed.

With the war resulting in a subsequent decline in enrollment, the program helped to relieve the financial burden on the College. The College changed to a trimester plan and adapted the curriculum to meet the needs of the trainees. The program was decommissioned on November 1, 1945.

Scope and Content Note

Among the items in the collection are two different Bates V-12 newsletters--the original one called "The Squall" (1944-45) and one compiled by Dana Smith, a former Bates V-12 member (1984-present). There is also extensive correspondence between Bates College administrators and Navy personnel regarding the establishment of the program and the issues that arose during its tenure at the College. Also included are various Navy V-12 publications as well as a booklet, compiled by the College, describing the physical facilities it had to offer the armed services.

Organization and Arrangement

Organized into four series: I. Newsletters; II. Papers; III. V-12 publications; and IV. Photographs.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

One folder contains restricted material.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

This collection is comprised of material gathered from the Batesiana subject files as well as material donated by Dana Smith, a former Bates College V-12 member. Accession No.: x-005, et al..

Processing Information

Processed by Elaine Ardia, 2003.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Bates College Class Letters, Class of 1945, "Bates '45: the War Years Class 1941-45" by Keith Wilbur, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College

Navy V-12 sailor hat, Bates Artifacts Collection, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College

Panoramic photographs, Bates Historic Photograph Collection, Edumund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--History
  • Navy V-12 Program (U.S.)--Archives
  • Navy V-12 Program (U.S.)--History
  • United States. Navy--History--World War, 1939-1945

Subject(s)

  • Education __ __ __ __ __MACON
  • Military and War __ __ __ __ __MACON
  • Naval education--United States

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Collection Inventory

 MC055/01 Newsletters 1944-2012   2.0 linear foot

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of issues of "The Squall," (1944-45) a newsletter published by members of the Bates V-12 program; it reported the news and social events of the unit. There are also issues of a newsletter compiled by Dana Smith, a former Bates V-12 member (1984-present). The Dana Smith newsletters are a mix of the past and present; they contain current information, letters, and photographs from former V-12 members as well as photocopies of "The Squall," personal photographs and photocopies of photographs from the Bates Historic Photograph Collection.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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 MC055/02 Papers 1939-2012, n.d.   2.0 Linear feet

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of a variety of papers relating to the Navy V-12 program at Bates College. There is correspondence between Lt. John Cass, Bates College V-12 Commanding Officer and various Navy personnel as well as extensive correspondence between Lt. Cass, various Navy personnel and President Clifton Gray, Harry Rowe, Assistant to the President, and President Charles F. Phillips. The correspondence centers around the establishment of the program at the College and issues that arose prior to and during its' tenure here. It also includes Navy-College contracts, commissioning expenses, bills for books and engineering drawing supplies, and monthly and term statements.

Other items in the series include an administrative history of the Bates College V-12 program written by Lt. Cass; a booklet compiled by the College, describing (in text and photographs) the physical facilities it had to offer the armed services; a Bates College Bulletin (September 1943) which tells about the Bates V-12 program and a certificate of commendation awarded to the College by the Navy Department. Also included is a regulations manual for the College's V-12 program, various V-12 screening forms, a news clipping concerning the 40 year reunion of Bates V-12 alumni and a copy of "Bates V-12 Memories" by Bob Witherill.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically when appropriate.

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 MC055/03 V-12 Publications 1942-1993 Bulk dates: 1942-1945 

Scope and Content Note

This series is composed of various Navy V-12 publications including five District V-12 Memoranda (July 1944-June 1945), three Navy V-12 Bulletins (1943), a U.S. Navy V-12 Film Catalogue (undated), an address entitled "The Future of Officer Training in the Navy" (February 1945), a publication entitled "What College Administrator's Want to Know About the Navy's V-1 Program" (1942) and a booklet entitled "50th Anniversary of the Navy-Marine V-12" (1993).

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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 MC055/04 Photographs 1943-1944, 2008-2014, n.d.   1.0 folder

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of orginals and copies of photographs of the trainees, including Leo J. Ryan, who became a California Congressman and was killed in Guyana in 1978 during the Jonestown massacre. Also includes photographs of V-12 reunion luncheons.

Organization and Arrangement

By subject.

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