Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George W. Ingram Collection, 1941-1945

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, July 2012

Summary Information
Title: George W. Ingram collection
Creator: Ingram, Sadie
Inclusive dates: 1941-1945
Bulk dates: 1943-1945
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection contains approximately 50 letters that Private First Class George W. Ingram wrote to his mother and siblings in Boyne City, Michigan, while he served with the United States Army between 1943 and 1945. Ingram corresponded with his family while in training in the United States and while stationed in North Africa, Italy, and southern France with a military police unit. The collection also includes a document, 2 postcards, photographs, a photograph album, and ephemeral items.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2005. M-4482.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

George W. Ingram Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series:

  • Series I: Correspondence
  • Series II: Photographs
    • Subseries: Individual photographs
    • Subseries: Photo Album
  • Series III: Printed items and ephemera
  • Series IV: Realia

The Correspondence series is arranged chronologically.


Biography

George W. Ingram was born in Michigan around 1921, the son of Charles H. and Sadie Ingram. His family lived in Boyne City, Michigan, and he had at least six siblings: Astella, Marjorie, Ella, Fred, Guy, and Bob. Ingram entered the United States Army before January 1943, and trained at Camp Grant, Illinois, and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, before being deployed overseas in July 1943. He served in North Africa, Italy, and southern France with the 149th Provisional Military Police Detachment, where his duties included guarding prisoners of war. He returned to the United States before December 1944, and married a woman named Betty in Toledo, Ohio, late that year. Between January and February 1945, Ingram served with the Army Service Forces at Camp Peary, Virginia. He attained the rank of private first class.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately 50 letters that Private First Class George W. Ingram wrote to his mother and siblings in Boyne City, Michigan, while he served with the United States Army between 1943 and 1945. Ingram corresponded with his family while in training in the United States and while stationed in North Africa, Italy, and southern France with a military police unit. The collection also includes a document, 2 postcards, photographs, a photograph album, and ephemeral items.

The Correspondence series contains George Ingram's letters to his family, as well as 2 postcards and 1 document. He wrote regularly to his mother, Sadie Ingram, and less frequently to his siblings, Bob and Guy, between January 1943 and February 1945. In his earliest letters, he commented on his experiences at Camp Grant, Illinois, and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, where he attended basic training. By March, he relocated to Camp River Rouge, Michigan, and anticipated being sent to military police training. In July 1943, he reported that he had been deployed overseas as a member of the "149th Prov. M.P. Det.," and that he would help guard prisoners of war.

Ingram wrote about his service in North Africa, Italy, and southern France, and he frequently responded to news of friends from home. He occasionally mentioned his religious habits. After his return to the United States in late 1944, Ingram discussed his wife Betty, expressing hopes that his family would approve of her and inquiring about their opinions of her. He shared some of his postwar plans and related his efforts to obtain a medical discharge from the army. Ingram spent much of early 1945 as a member of the Army Service Forces at Camp Peary, Virginia. Throughout his service, he occasionally wrote on illustrated stationery, and he sent his mother 1 postcard from Wisconsin, which includes an image of two Mongolian pheasants. The series holds a "War Savings Bond Pay Reservation Application," signed by George W. Ingram in January 1943.

The Photographs series includes 4 individual photographs, a photographic negative, and 1 photo album. The photo album (52 pages) contains snapshots and portraits taken primarily in and around Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, Michigan, between 1941 and 1943. Most pictures depict soldiers, young women, and a baby. Other scenes include St. Petersburg, Florida; Niagara Falls; and the United States Capitol.

The Printed items and ephemera series contains newspaper clippings of a poem and an image of a bride, a certificate for Bob Ingram's service in the United States Crop Corps Victory Farm Volunteers program in 1945, and a booklet illustrating methods for creating shadow illustrations with one's hands.

The Realia series consists of a pair of iron ice tongs.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boyne City (Mich.)
    • Camp Grant (Ill.)
    • Families of military personnel--United States.
    • Fort McCoy (Wis.)
    • Soldiers--Religious life.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • United States. Army--Military life.
    • United States. Army--Military police.
    • United States. Army Service Forces.
    • United States. Crop Corps.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Africa, North.
    • World War, 1939-1945--France.
    • World War, 1939-1945--Italy.
    Subjects - Visual Materials:
    • Ann Arbor (Mich.)
    • Brides.
    • Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.)
    • Pheasants.
    • Sailors--United States.
    • Saint Petersburg (Fla.)
    • Shadow puppets.
    • Soldiers--United States.
    • United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
    • Ypsilanti (Mich.)
    Contributors:
    • Ingram, George W., b. ca. 1921.
    Genre Terms:
    • Black-and-white negatives.
    • Documents.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Photograph albums.
    • Photoraphs.
    • Postcards.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
     
    Correspondence [series]
    Box   1 Folders   1-9
     January 8, 1943-February 25, 1945
     
    Photographs [series]
     
    Individual photographs [subseries]
    Box   1 Folder   10
     1945 and  undated
     
    Photograph album [subseries]
    Box   1 Folder   11
     1941-1943
     
    Printed items and ephemera [series]
    Box   1 Folder   12
     1945 and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Alternate Locations

    The ice tongs are housed in the Clements Library's Graphics Division.