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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Collection TitleCL 84 Keith Turner ScrapbookCreatorChemung County Historical Society
Processed ByRachel Dworkin
Date Completed:December 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Ruth Turner in 2014. 
Terms:United States Army; World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - New Guinea; World War, 1939-1945 - Campaigns - Philippines
Historical:Keith Turner (1921-2000) - Son of Harry and Estella Keith Turner of Elmira, New York.  During World War II, he served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1946 with the 32nd Infantry Division.  He saw action in New Guinea and the Philippines.  Before and after the war, he worked for Bendix-Eclipse and Ingersol Rand as a tool designer. 
Scope:The Keith Turner Scrapbook contains items compiled by Harry Turner concerning his son's military service.  It includes photographs, picture postcards; correspondence, newspaper clippings, official documents and miscellaneous items.
Notes:Due to poor condition, all items were removed from the scrapbook and placed in folders.  Shares a box with CL 83 and CL 85. 
Extent.25 Linear Feet
Date Span1942-2001
AbstractThis collection contains Keith Turner's papers and photographs from his military service during World War II. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Order to report for military induction sent to Keith Turner, August 15, 1942. Document010101
Special Oder calling 63 men, including Keith Turner, to active duty at the Ft. Niagara Reception Center, August 27, 1942. Document010102
Extract from the Articles of War distributed to army recruits, September 10, 1942. Document010103
(6) Letters from Keith Turner to his parents regarding the reception center and boot camp, September 10-October 2, 1942. Correspondence 010104
Newspaper, The Reveille, Camp Shelby, Mississippi: October 21, 1942.Newspaper010105
Photograph of Battery "C" 243 Field Artillery Battalion, Camp Shelby, Mississippi, November 1942. Photograph010106
(10) Letters from Keith Turner to his family regarding his army training in Florida, February 9-July 25, 1943. Correspondence010201
Military pass issued to Keith Turner, ca. 1943. Pass010202
(25) Picture postcards of Florida, 1943, including: Daytona Beach (11); Pigeon Key (1); Miami Beach (6); Camp Blanding (3); and misc. Florida views (2). Postcards010203
(10) Illustrated postcards depicting life in the army, ca. 1943. Postcards010204
Photographs taken by Keith Turner while stationed at Fort Sill, Florida, 1943, including: (20) on leave at Daytona Beach; (29) view from around camp; (3) tourist shots; (1) Keith Turner in his uniform. Photographs010205
(10) Letters from Keith Turner to his family regarding his experiences fighting in the Pacific, February 20-December 22, 1944. Includes account of the Philippines, New Guinea and Dutch East Indies. Correspondence010301
Letter from Corporal Jack E. Duhl to Harry Turner regarding conditions in England, January 7, 1945. Letter010302
(3) Letters from Harry Turner to Keith Turner with news from Elmira, February 8-20, 1945.Correspondence010303
(2) Photographs of Keith Turner in New Guinea, 1944. Photographs010401
Money from Australia, Dutch East Indies, the Philippines and Japanese occupied Philippines, 1940s. Money010402
(5) Picture postcards of unidentified Asian country, possibly New Guinea, ca. 1940s. Postcards010403
Poem about New Guinea written by unidentified soldier, ca. 1944. Poem010404
Sketch of military camp in New Guinea by Keith Turner, ca. 1944. Drawing010405
Certificate issued to Keith Turner upon crossing the equator aboard the U.S.S. General T.H. Bliss, May 1944. (2 versions) Certificate010406
32nd Infantry Division General Orders No. 104 - Unit citation issued to Red Arrow Division for fighting in the Ormoc Valley, December 22, 1944. Document010407
Christmas Menu for the 32nd Infantry, Red Arrow Division, December 25, 1945. Menu010408
Newspaper - Sixth Army News Pictorial Review, 32nd Division Edition, Spring 1945. Newspaper010409
Newspaper clippings about fighting in the Philippines, 1944-1945. Newspaper Clippings010410
Certificate of Retention and Customs Declaration for captured war material issued to Keith Turner, December 7, 1945. Certificate010501
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