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Inventory of the Western Signal Corps School Collection
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  • Creator: University of California, Davis. Library
    Title: Western Signal Corps School Collection
    Date (inclusive): 1943-1944
    Extent: 1.2 linear feet
    Abstract: From 1943-1944, in the midst of World War II, the UC College of Agriculture at Davis (now the University of California, Davis) was closed and converted to a training facility for the Western Signal Corps School (WSCS). The collection contains school newsletters, a student guide, commemorative album, farewell menu, as well as several photographs.
    Physical location: Researchers should contact Special Collections to request collections, as many are stored offsite.
    Repository: University of California, Davis. Library. Department of Special Collections.
    Davis, California 95616-5292
    Collection number: AR-185
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English.

    Administrative History

    During the fall of 1942 the U.S. Army negotiated with university President Robert Sproul for the use of the Davis campus as a military training school. On January 1, 1943 the entire Davis campus was officially converted into a training facility for the Western Signal Corps School (WSCS).
    The WSCS, administered as a subunit of Camp Kohler by Lt. Col. E.A. Allen, took over the dormitories, the gymnasium and swimming pool, the judging pavilions and most of the academic buildings. The library became the radio school. Soldiers generally stayed one to six months for training in communications installation, maintenance, and repair, along with other military skills.
    In October 1944 the WSCS closed, having trained a total of about 1,800 men for active duty during the 22 months that the campus was under the jurisdiction of the Army.
    Source:
    Scheuring, Ann. Abundant Harvest: The History of the University of California, Davis. Davis: The Regents of the University of California, 2001.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains school newsletters, a student guide, commemorative album, farewell menu, as well as several photographs.

    Arrangement of the Collection

    The collection is arranged in two series: Printed Material and Photographs.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    United States. Army. Signal Corps. Western Signal Corps School
    University of California (1868-1952). College of Agriculture--History
    University of California, Davis--History
    World War, 1939-1945

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Processing Information

    Sara Gunasekara processed this collection.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], AR-185, Western Signal Corps School Collection, Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is protected by the copyright law, chapter 17, of the U.S. Code. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections, General Library, University of California, Davis as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.