The Robert M. Briggs Papers (1943-2004) document Brigg's military duty during the Second World War and his paintings and personal writings. Highlights
include Briggs' scrapbook of photographs, newspaper clippings, sketches, and watercolors of fellow servicemen, local Okinawans,
landscapes, and battleships during World War II. Briggs drew many of the sketches rapidly while under enemy fire and painted
them in later. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of newspaper clippings, photographs, sketches, watercolors,
poems, essays about WWII and the Rocky Mountains, and an interview with Kathy Neal, Special Collections Librarian, discussing
his experiences during WWII. The majority of materials date from 1943-1945.
Robert M. Briggs was born and raised in Colorado. While in high school he worked as a ranger for the Rocky Mountain National
Park. At 19, Briggs joined the military and worked as a sharpshooter and communications sergeant during the Second World War.
He was stationed primarily in the Pacific Theatre, where he made sketches and watercolors of other servicemen, battleships,
local people, and landscapes. Many of his sketches were displayed in the mess hall and at the Officer's Club. Briggs also
painted insignias on military planes, including the insignia on Bockscar, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.
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