3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 16, 2018 11:58 AM by LOC Manuscript Division

    Materials on the 92nd Division in Italy World War II

    Christian O'Connell Newbie

      Hello, I am looking for materials/holdings that relate to the operations of the 92nd Infantry Division, the 'Buffalo Soldier' division of African American soldiers that served in Italy during World War II. I know that many researchers have used materials such as Record Groups 107, 165 and 337. I am particularly interested in records pertaining to rest and recuperation, non-military affairs such as tourism, the period of stay in Italy following victory and encounters with Italians.


      Any help locating the best sources for materials of this kind would be most appreciated.


      Christian O'Connell

        • Re: Materials on the 92nd Division in Italy World War II

          Mr. O'Connell,


          Thank you for your inquiry to History Hub.  Archives II does indeed have many records germane to your interest in the 92nd Infantry Division and its time in the Italian theater.  While a cursory search revealed nothing within the three record groups you referenced in your question, there are two specific entries which will likely bear fruit for you.


          First in Record Group 407 (Records of the Adjutant General), Entry NM-3 427: World War II Operations Reports, 1941-1948 contains a range of materials on the 92nd Infantry for the entirety of their engagement in the conflict.  These include the operations reports themselves along with more details of their service in the various theaters, including Italy.  If you come up with less than what you need there, you can also look into the Fifth Army records in the same entry, which may include additional details about the 92nd.


          In Record Group 338, (Records of U.S. Regular Army Mobile Units) look into entry UD 37042, the Unit Histories between 1943 and 1967.  A catalog search for "Italy" within that entry is appended to get you started. https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q=*:*%20italy&f.ancestorNaIds=895216

          Finally, Record Group 492 (Records of Mediterranean Theater of Operations, United States Army) also contains pertinent materials to your search.  Along with Entry UD-UP 49 "Italian Reports," details on US Army operations in Italy along with those of the 92nd, are likely spread out among the various unit history and decimal file entries.


          In short, there's much to delve into here regarding the 92nd Infantry.  What's above is likely only a portion of what we actually have.  Additional searches in the record groups you originally supplied may also turn up relevant material.


          If you are interested in looking into this further before paying us a visit, get in touch with the Textual Reference Branch here and they can conduct a more detailed search to zero in on what you want to look at before you arrive. They can also refer you to researchers you can hire or provide an estimate for reproductions if you are unable to make it here in person.  They can be reached at Archivesiireference@nara.gov.  More information on the services they provide is available at https://www.archives.gov/research/order/textual-records-dc.html.


          Best of luck on your search!

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          • Re: Materials on the 92nd Division in Italy World War II
            LOC Manuscript Division Tracker

            Dear Christian O'Connell –


            Greetings from the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, apologies for the tardy reply, but the Manuscript Division has just started to participate on History Hub.

            The Manuscript Division holds the United States Army 92nd Infantry Division Collection which is described in a finding aid available at http://rs5.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2008/ms008096.pdf?locr=hhub.

            We also hold the papers of Eugene Edwin Johnston, an officer with the 92nd.  The finding aid for this collection can be viewed at http://rs5.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2016/ms016012.pdf?locr=hhub.


            Finally, we also hold the African American soldiers in World War II collection which includes recollections of soldiers from the 92nd Infantry Division.  This collection was recently processed so the finding aid is not available online.  You can view the catalog record for this collection at https://lccn.loc.gov/mm2018086243?locr=hhub.


            I also suggest searching our Veterans History Project files at http://www.loc.gov/vets/?locr=hhub.  The Veterans History Project is run by the American Folklife Center and any questions about their holdings should be directed to them at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-vets.html?locr=hhub.

            With the exception of the digital files, all of these collections are stored on-site at the Library and can be accessed without advance notice.  If you wish to access digital files you should contact us at http://www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/ask-mss.html?locr=hhub at least a week in advance. 


            If you have not been to the Library of Congress in the last two years, please proceed to the Reader Registration Station, LM 140, prior to visiting the Manuscript Reading Room, LM 101. At the station you will be asked to present a valid photographic identification, such as a driver's license or passport. Please see the following Web site for more information about reader registration http://www.loc.gov/rr/readerregistration.html?locr=hhub.


            For further information about the Manuscript Reading Room you may wish to visit our Web site at http://www.loc.gov/rr/mss?locr=hhub.


            Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.




            Patrick Kerwin

            Manuscript Reference Librarian

            Manuscript Division

            Library of Congress


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