Partial Inventory of the William P. Miller Papers

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Title: William P. Miller papers
Date (inclusive): 1943-1974
Collection Number: 77074
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4 manuscript boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 15 envelopes, 5 motion picture film reels, memorabilia (4.5 linear feet)
Abstract: Letter, biographical information, motion picture film, and photographs, relating to United States Army Signal Corps operations in North Africa, Germany, Italy and France during World War II. Includes a Nazi flag.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Miller, William P., 1905-1973.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William P. Miller papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1977.

Accruals

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Biographical/Historical Note

Miller, a lieutenant colonel in command of the US Army Signal Corps personnel division, served for two and half years in North Africa, Italy, Corsica, France, and Germany with the Sixth Army Group.

Scope and Content of Collection

Letter, biographical information, motion picture film, and photographs, relating to United States Army Signal Corps operations in North Africa, Germany, Italy and France during World War II. Includes a Nazi flag.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Motion pictures.
World War, 1939-1945--Pictorial works.

 

Motion picture films, circa 1943-1945

Scope and Contents note

Five unique amateur films, made from approximately 1943 to 1945, featuring footage of the North African and European theaters during World War II. Included are remote landscapes in Morocco seemingly untouched by war intercut with battle-scarred cities at the center of conflict. Shot on silent 16mm Kodachrome film.
Reel 1

Moulay Idriss, Khenifra motion picture film, circa 1943

Note: 16mm reversal original, silent, edited, color

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Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 77074_f_0010696.

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Scope and Contents note

Scenes of the Moroccan cities, Moulay Idriss and Khenifra. Footage includes shots of local inhabitants; cityscapes; a remote village with thatched huts; and ancient ruins. The ruins are likely the remains of the Roman city Volubilis in Morocco. The ruins are also pictured among the unstamped photographs in the collection and identified as Volubilis in Miller’s list. Reel 1 also includes shots of US servicemen riding in jeeps in the Moroccan countryside and sharing tea with their hosts in what appears to be the home of a local Khenifra townsman.
Reel 2

Casablanca, Marrakech, Meknes motion picture film, 1943

Note: 16mm reversal original, silent, edited, color

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 77074_f_0010692.

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Scope and Contents note

Scenes of Casablanca, Marrakech, and Meknes. Footage includes shots of local villagers and townspeople both inside and outside of the city walls; flower gardens, homes, mosques, and other buildings; Moroccan soldiers marching in formation and riding on horseback; a group of children in tattered clothing huddled in a doorway in a city; a man in a fez hat posing for the camera just outside the city; a US serviceman walking on a busy city street alongside local townspeople; women in traditional attire with baskets on their heads on a village road; a Moroccan officer patrolling a city street; and a child among livestock at a watering hole.
Reel 3

Africa, Algeria, Corsica, St. Tropez, Toulon motion picture film, 1944

Note: 16mm reversal original, silent, edited, color

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 77074_f_0010694.

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Scope and Contents note

Scenes of Algiers, Corsica, and the port cities of Saint Tropez and Toulon in southern France. Footage includes battle ships in the Bay of Algiers and in the port of Saint Tropez; the Notre Dame d’Afrique (Our Lady of Africa), a Roman Catholic Church built by French colonists in Algiers in 1872; a child and two adults on a cliff watching what appears to be a damaged warship in the Bay of Algiers; US servicemen in front of the Hotel Napoleon Bonaparte; a German minefield, most likely in France; a sign with skull and cross bones and the words “Achtung Minen” (Warning Mines) next to a field barricaded by barbed wire; and a downed aircraft in a field.
Reel 4

Germany motion picture film, circa 1945

Note: 16mm reversal original, silent, edited, color

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Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 77074_f_0010687.

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Scope and Contents note

Scenes of bombed cities in Germany. The cities featured are Ludwigshafen and Mannheim. Footage includes shots of military trucks driving through rubble-lined streets with rows of heavily damaged buildings; a collapsed railway bridge over the River Rhine between Mannheim and Ludwigshafen; a pontoon bridge with soldiers in the foreground and military trucks on the bridge heading into the city; and the damaged Rosengarten concert hall in Mannheim. The US Corps of Engineers likely constructed the pontoon bridge to allow access to the city after the main bridge was compromised. Miller’s film features the damaged bridge before the Ernie Pyle Memorial Bridge was constructed in 1945.
Reel 5

Germany, Austria motion picture film, 1945

Note: 16mm reversal original, silent, edited, color

Access

Use copy available on-site for immediate use. Use copy reference number: 77074_f_0010684.

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Scope and Contents note

Scenes of Germany and Austria. Footage includes Adolf Hitler’s mountain home Berghof, in the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany, with armed soldiers patrolling the grounds; US servicemen gathered in a German town and walking along an overpass in the Alps; two destroyed bridges; and a sign for Brenner Pass.
 

Photographs, 1939-1945

Scope and Contents note

1326 prints in 15 envelopes, 1 album, 3 framed documents, 2 framed photographs
Photographs A

132 prints of Germany, Austria, France, primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs B

77 prints of Germany, Austria, France, primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs C

74 prints of Germany, Austria, France, primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs D

65 prints of Germany, Austria, France primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs E

74 prints of Germany, Austria, France primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs F

93 prints of Germany, Austria, France primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May 1945

Photographs G

142 prints of North Africa, 1943

Photographs H

58 prints of North Africa, 1943; 15 unidentified people; 34 prints of Germany, 1945; 11 postcards of Germany (5 of Berchtesgaden) undated

Photographs I

89 prints of Austria, Germany, Italy, primarily U.S. Signal Corps photos, April-May, 1945

Photographs J

97 prints of North Africa, circa 1943. 5 prints of William P. Miller; 2 prints of William Miller with others; 3 prints of unidentified people; 4 prints of General Mark W. Clark with others, undated

Photographs K

10 prints of William P. Miller; 12 prints of William Miller and others; 10 prints of scenes in Germany (?), 2 prints of Brigadier General G.F. Wooley; 2 miscellaneous prints, undated

Photographs L

5 prints of Heinrich Himmler's summer home on the Tegern Sea, Germany, 1945; 1 print of Wernher von Braun and Megnus von Braun surrendering to American troops, Reutte, Austria, 1945; 3 prints of Brigadier General Carl A. Baehr receiving the Croix de Guerre from General Lattre de Tassigny; 1 print of Edouard Daladier and jean Daladier; 1 print of General Maxime Weygand, Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr., General Maurice Gamelin; 1 print of Edouard Daladier, lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr., and Paul Reynaud; 1 print of Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr. and Paul Reynaud; 1 print of Maurice Gamelin, Edouard Daladier, and Payl Reynaud; 1 print of Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr. and Maruice Gamelin; 1 print of Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr. with others; 1 print of Jefferson Coffrey and Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr.; 65 prints of Germany, Austria, France, 1945

Photographs M

71 prints of Italy, Germany, Austria, 1945; 7 prints of Congressional group's visit to Germany, 1945 (prints include Rep. Edward Izac, Sen. Everett Saltonstall, Rep. Dewey Short, Rep. James W. Mott, Maj. Gen. Lowell W. Rooks, Lt. General Alexander M. Patch, Jr.; 1 print of Polish General Komoruski Bor; 1 print of Francois Comte de la Roque; 1 print of Maj. General Anthony M. McAuliffe and gen. Maxime Weygand; 1 print of Gen. Komoruski Bor and others; 1 print of Maj. General Anthony M. McAuliffe and Edouard Daladier; 1 print of Paul Reynaud; 1 print of Paul Reynaud, maj. Gen. Anthony M. McAuliffe, Gen. and Mme. Maxime Weygand, Gen. Maurice Gamelin, and Edouard Daladier; 1 print of General Komoruski Bor and others

Photographs N

60 prints of Germany and Austria, 1945; 1 print of Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, Jr. and Gen. Jean de Lattre de Tassigny; 1 print of Maj. Gen. J.T. Lewis, Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, and Gen. Jean de Lattre de Tassigny; 1 print of Undersecretary of War Robert P. Patterson, Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, Jr., and Lt. Gen. Wade H. Haislip; 1 print of Patterson and Lt. Gen. Wade Haislip; 1 print of Lt. John G. Winant (son of U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain); 1 print of Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, Jr., King Leopold III of Belgium and Princess de Rethy (wife of King Leopold), Lt. Gen. Wade Haislip; King Leopold III of Belgium, Lt. Gen. Wade Haislip, and Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, Jr.; 4 prints of Under-secretary of War Robert R. Patterson, Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch, Jr., and Brig. Gen. Patrick H. Tansey; 7 prints of American Ambassador to France Jefferson Coffrey's visit to Dachau, 1945

Photographs O

9 negatives, undated

Photographs fP

1 album of prints of World War in Germany and France, 1939-1945

 

Remainder of collection not yet described.