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Fort Devens Film Collection, ca. 1940-1971 : Guide

Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: hfa00005
Repository: Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Fort Devens Film Collection, ca. 1940-1971 : Guide.
Date(s): 1936-1984
Quantity: 1 collection (91 16mm film prints)
Language of materials: Material is in English.
Abstract: American soldiers were among the best informed in the world on developments in war material and in the problems and progress of their comrades on various world fronts. Motion pictures played a major part in disseminating this information by providing not only entertainment, but also keeping troops up to date on current events, advances in war technology, teaching the history of the armed forces, and training soldiers on getting along in foreign cultures. The 16mm film in the Fort Devens Film Collection represent the types of motion pictures soldiers viewed both overseas and back home during and following World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.

Acquisition Information:

This collection was donated to the Harvard Film Archive in memory of Richard Sherry.
Fort Devens was the last American home many soldiers saw before they were shipped to Europe or the Pacific during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After Fort Devens U.S. Army camp was officially closed down in 1996 after 79 years of service, the films stored there spent several years in the basement of Richard Sherry, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who rescued the 91 films when they were discarded during the dismantling of Fort Devens.

Processing Information:

Encoded by: Amy Sloper, April 2010

Access Restrictions:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the staff of the Harvard Film Archive.
Film prints are made accessible by appointment only and in close consultation with HFA staff. Although films do not circulate for individual use, students, filmmakers, artists, and researchers are encouraged to use the collections on-site. If their condition allows, prints from the HFA collection may be viewed on a flatbed viewer at the HFA's Conservation Center.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation:

Fort Devens Film Collection, ca. 1940-1971. Harvard Film Archive, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University.

Arrangement

Films are listed alphabetically by title. Filmographic information, including year, director, and description, are included when available.

Scope and Content

The Fort Devens Collection came to the HFA from the Fort Devens Historical Museum in Groton, MA, located on the site of the former U.S. Army base. Originally called Camp Stevens, the base was built in 1917 for the demands of World War I and named for General Charles L. Devens (Harvard Law 1840). It was designated at the onset of World War II as a reception center and training camp for all men drafted in New England who would serve in the U.S. Army. The nearly seven square mile camp comprised more than 1200 wooden buildings and an airfield, and was home to the 1st, the 45th, and the 32nd divisions during World War II and the 7th Infantry during the Vietnam conflict. It also housed a prisoner of war camp for German and Italian prisoners from 1944 to 1946. After WWII, Harvard had so many veterans attending Harvard under the G.I. bill that barracks at Fort Devens were used as temporary housing for Harvard students in the years immediately following the war.
Fort Devens was the last American home many soldiers saw before they were shipped to Europe or the Pacific during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. After Fort Devens U.S. Army camp was officially closed down in 1996 after 79 years of service, the films stored there spent several years in the basement of Richard Sherry, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who rescued the 91 films when they were discarded during the dismantling of Fort Devens. The film in this collection represents the types of motion pictures soldiers viewed both overseas and back home during and following World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
The following categories describe the types of films found in the Fort Devens Collection:
Descriptions adapted from Hoban, Charles Francis. Movies That Teach. New York: The Dryden Press, 1946.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Armed Forces in motion pictures.
Australia -- History -- 20th century.
Boxing -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Canada -- History -- 20th century.
China -- In motion pictures.
China -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Civil defense -- Equipment and supplies.
Cold War in motion pictures.
Communism.
Communism -- Soviet Union.
Communism -- United States.
Germany -- History -- 1933-1945.
Germany -- In motion pictures.
Greece -- In motion pictures.
Greece -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Hungary -- In motion pictures.
Hungary -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Italy -- History -- 1933-1945.
Italy -- In motion pictures.
Korea -- In motion pictures.
Korea -- History -- 20th century.
Latin America -- In motion pictures.
Marshall Plan
Medicine in motion pictures.
Motion pictures.
Motion pictures -- United States -- history -- 20th century.
Military education -- United States -- 20th century.
Motion pictures in propaganda.
Phillipines -- History -- 20th century.
Phillipines -- In motion pictures.
Portugal -- History -- 20th century.
Portugal -- In motion pictures.
Propaganda.
Sports in motion pictures.
Survival and emergency rations.
United States -- History.
United States -- Social life and customs.
Yugoslavia -- In motion pictures.
Yugoslavia -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Vietnam -- History -- 20th century.
Vietnam -- In motion pictures.
West Point (N.Y.) -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Pacific Area.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front.
Civilian defense -- Films.
Documentary Films.
Government Films.
Historical Films.
Motion pictures (visual works).
Nonfiction Films.
Short subjects.
Sponsored Films.

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