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Vahan Ouzoonian U. S. Army Signal Corps photographs
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Vahan Ouzoonian U. S. Army Signal Corps photographs
    Dates: February-March 1905
    Collection Number: 1991.0001
    Extent: 248 photographic prints
    Repository: UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography
    Riverside, California 92501
    Abstract: The Vahan Ouzoonian U. S. Army Signal Corps photographs collection is comprised of 248 photographic prints dating from the final year of World War II. The prints depict the progress of the U.S. Army through Central and Western Europe in the months before Axis surrender.
    Language of Material: English


    The collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder (if applicable).

    Preferred Citation

    Vahan Ouzoonian U. S. Army Signal Corps photographs. UC Riverside. California Museum of Photography

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was donated to UCR/CMP in 1991 by Vahan Ouzoonian.

    Biography/Administrative History

    The U.S. Army’s Signal Corps had the enormous task of managing communications for the Army’s ground and air forces throughout World War II. As part of this effort, hundreds of photographers were sent into the field to capture motion picture and still photographs documenting all aspects of the war. The film was used for training, historical documentation, and publication. Private Vahan Ouzoonian, of the 3908 Signal Corps Battalion, offered up many of his own cameras for the use of the Signal Corps. He served in Europe from 1943-45 before returning to his native California, where he died in 2001.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The photographs in this collection were taken in February and March of 1945. They follow the U.S. Army on the warfront in Belgium, Germany, France, and Holland. A myriad of subjects were photographed by Vahan Ouzoonian--from the daily operations of the American soldiers to civilian evacuees and prisoners of war. Often captions on the back of each photo identify the individuals pictured and give a short contextual description.