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Thank you so much for the material. It really helped me in understanding my topic more and making my case about the importance of training at that time. Do you know of any online sources that might aid in my search about the reasons certain areas were chosen over other areas for training camps around that time? I need more archival material about Camp Wolters (later to be Fort Wolters). The boxes of material I need to go through are there in Maryland, but this pandemic has delayed my ability to engage with them. I appreciate any help that you can offer.
Thank you! I'll start looking through those asap.
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Correspondence of Secretary of War Stimson, 1940 - 1945 in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of War (Record Group 107) that may contain a file copy of Stimson's letter to Brees. We also located Decimal Files, 1930 - 1946 in the Records of Headquarters Army Service Forces (Record Group 160) and the General Correspondence, 1920 - 1940; General Correspondence, 1940 - 1941; Historical Reports Relating to Post Planning, 1920 - 1941; and General Correspondence of the Construction Division, 1921 - 1942 in the Records of U.S. Army Continental Commands (Record Group 394). These were created by the VIII Corps Area and may contain a copy of the received letter or a reference to it. For the series arranged by the War Department Decimal File System, correspondence about acquiring or leasing the land around Camp Wolters may be filed under decimal number 601 - Acquisition of Real Property and Land. These records have not been digitized and are not available online. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at Archives2reference@nara.gov.
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