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William A. Davis papers

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    Description
    The William A. Davis papers contain correspondence, instructions, memoranda, orders, and reports related to Davis’ work with the United States of America Typhus Commission in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark; an extensive report on typhus at Bergen‐Belsen; two newspaper clippings about the 1945 Belsen trial; Davis’ notes about his daily activities; his immunization register; and photographs of members of the Typhus Commission.
    A chronological file includes correspondence, instructions, memoranda, orders, and reports related to Davis’ work identifying and combating typhus in France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark. This file also contains Davis’ July 26, 1945 report detailing the typhus epidemic at Bergen‐Belsen with illustrative black and white photographs of Bergen‐Belsen, inmates, and the cleansing, delousing, and treatment process. A daily activities record contains Davis’ personal notes about his daily activities in Europe, lists the cities and camps he visited, and includes his frank impressions of the conditions at Bergen‐Belsen. Additional black and white photographs in the collection depict members of the Typhus Commission and the bestowal of Typhus Commission medals on Brigadier R. Galloway and Colonel J.S.K. Boyd.
    Date
    inclusive:  1944-1946
    Collection Creator
    William A. Davis
    Biography
    William A. Davis (1908-1999) served with the U.S.A. Medical Corps and was appointed to the United States of America Typhus Commission established by President Roosevelt’s executive order. He arrived in London in October 1944, was attached to the British 21st Army Group, and worked in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Denmark. In April 1945 he was ordered to report to the Deputy Director of Medical Services, Second Army, at Bergen-Belsen. He was put in charge of typhus control and made responsible for delousing the prisoners, vaccinating key personnel, helping with diagnosing cases, and isolating the typhus strain. He published articles about typhus at Bergen-Belsen in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1947 and the Annals of Internal Medicine in 1951. After the war, he worked at the Veterans Administration hospitals in Grand Junction, CO and Tucson, AZ.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Genre/Form
    Photographs.
    Extent
    1 box
    System of Arrangement
    The William A. Davis papers are arranged as five series: I. Chronological file, 1944-1945, II. Clippings, 1945, III. Daily activities record, 1944-1945, IV. Immunization register, 1944-1946, V. Photographs, 1944

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Material(s) in this collection may be protected by copyright and/or related rights. You do not require further permission from the Museum to use this material. The user is solely responsible for making a determination as to if and how the material may be used.

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received this collection from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Art and Artifacts branch on November 28, 2000. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Art and Artifacts branch received it from Nancy Ruhl on June 30, 2000.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this collection has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2023-02-24 13:58:47
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