Guide to the Raymond C. Fleming Collection, 1941-1946

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Raymond C. Fleming Collection
Dates: 1941-1946
Identification: SC/RCF
Creator: Fleming, Raymond C., 1916-
Physical Description: 0.42 linear feet
Language of Materials: English
Repository: Special Collections
Abstract: Raymond Fleming enlisted in the US Army on January 29, 1942 on Christmas Island, where he worked as an Assistant Engineer. He served in the Pacific Theater as an Army Engineer throughout 1942.The collection documents his experiences on Christmas Island in late 1941, especially on Pearl Harbor Day, and as an Army Engineer in the Pacific Theater in 1942. It consists primarily of diaries written by Fleming between November 1941 and June 1942, and one diary from 1946 that documents his experiences immediately following the war, including his civilian work and marriage.
Note:
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika Manders.

Biographical Information:

Raymond Creffield Fleming was born August 19, 1916 in Washington state. After he and his family moved to San Francisco, he attended the University of California, Berkeley where he served in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). In November 1941, he sailed on the SS Haleakala from Honolulu to Christmas Island, where he worked as an Assistant Engineer until enlisting in the US Army on January 29, 1942. He served in the Pacific Theater as an Army Engineer throughout 1942.
From 1944-1945 Fleming worked as an Assistant Mining Engineer for Kaiser Company, Inc. in Oakland, CA. After becoming engaged to Shirley Robertson in December of 1944, Fleming was transferred to Texas, where he and Shirley married in February of 1945. He worked in Blue Diamond, NV in 1946.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Ephemera
Paper records

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Conditions Governing Access:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], [date], Raymond C. Fleming Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

Scope and Contents

The Raymond C. Fleming Collection documents Fleming's experiences on Christmas Island in late 1941, especially on Pearl Harbor Day; his experiences as an Army Engineer in the Pacific Theater in 1942; and his experiences immediately following the war, including his civilian work and marriage. The collection consists primarily of diaries written by Fleming between November 1941 and June 1942, as well as one diary from 1946. The diaries written during the war include a lengthy entry on Pearl Harbor Day, descriptions of his work building an airstrip on Christmas Island, his daily activities, interactions with his fellow soldiers, leisure activities, and news and events on the island and beyond. The diary from 1946 includes a description of his courtship and marriage, and his civilian work as an engineer in various locations across the US. The collection also includes Fleming's US Army enlistment papers, hand-written notes, and ephemera.

Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Diary, Volume 1, 1941 November 23-1942 January 30

Box 1, Folder 2

Diary, Volume 2, 1942 January 3-1942 April 1

Box 1, Folder 3

Diary, Volume 3, 1942 April 2-1942 June 14

Box 1, Folder 4

Diary, Volume 5, 1946 January 8-1946 September 6

Box 1, Folder 5

Enlistment Record, 1942

Box 1, Folder 6

Notes and Ephemera, ca. 1942

Box 1, Folder 7

Salesman's Expense Reports, 1946