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Lawrence E. Marx photographs

Guide to the Lawrence E. Marx photographs

Collection number: HMC-0581.
Creator: Marx, Lawrence E. (Collector).
Title: Lawrence E. Marx photographs.
Dates: 1942-1943.
Volume of collection: 0.01 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Collection materials in English.
Collection summary: World War II-era photographs taken at the Nome Air Base.

Biographical note:
Lawrence Marx is a World War II veteran from Flint, Michigan. He is a former president of the Eleventh Air Force Association. Marx served at Nome Air Base, also called Marks Field, during the war. Marks Field was a United States Army Air Force base used for the Lend-Lease of aircraft to Russia during World War II, and later as a United States Air Force base until its closure in 1950.

Collection description:
The collection consists of photographs of Nome Air Base during World War II. The collection contains 19 black and white prints, 17 of which are official U. S. Army Air Force photographs. The photographs show scenes of the air base including buildings, a runway, mess halls, stockrooms, telephone switchboards, a garage, service club, a P-39 school class, men moving a Quonset hut, and a meeting of senior officers.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of 12 of the 19 images are available on the Alaska’s Digital Archives website. For information about obtaining copies please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Images created by the U.S. Army may have specific citation requirements, but are not under copyright.  The copyright to the two unidentified images is unknown.

Preferred citation: Lawrence E. Marx photographs, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Acquisition note: The collection was presented to the archives by Lawrence Marx through Vernon B. Duncan in 2002.

Processing information: This collection was described by Jeffrey Sinnott in 2002.  Captions from the photographs, where available, are provided in the item list in quotations. The guide was revised and links provided to the digitized images by Arlene Schmuland in 2009.

Photograph list:

Item Description Date
1 G1A3-3052J-NAB Interior view of empty mess hall. 1942 August 27
2 2-3052J-NAB “New Air Corps Supply.” Interior view of soldiers working in supply room. 1942 September 1
3 G16A4-3052J-NAB “Switchboard.” Soldier working telephone switchboard. 1942 September 4
4 01A2-3052J-NAB “Air Base Looking West, Hills 25 Miles Away.” Aerial view of air base with runway, tents, and buildings. 1942 September 16
5 G39A-3052J-NAB “New Switchboard.” Soldier working telephone switchboard. 1943 January 14
6 G43A1-3052J-NAB-SECRET “Ground Operations.” Distant view of buildings with tractor plowing snow and communications tower in background. 1943 March 1
7 G7A19-3052J-NAB-3-7-43-SECRET Signal Corps van in snow next to base building with observation tower in background. Undated
8 G7A25-3052J-NAB-4-2-3-CONFIDENTIAL “Garage.” Interior view of garage with soldiers working on a jeep. Undated
9 G9A2-3052J-NAB-4-7-43-RESTRICTED Interior view of soldiers working in operations center. Undated
10 G7A35-3052J-NAB-4-27-43-SECRET “Hut Showing Walkway.” Exterior view of Cold Storage No. 1 building. Undated
11 G16A31-3052J-NAB-5-3-43-CONF “Motor Pool Stockroom.” Interior scene of two soldiers working in stockroom. Undated
12 G3A88-3052J-NAB-5-12-43-SECRET “Fire Crew in Action.” Scene of several soldiers rolling heavy tank on airfield. Undated
13 PL-3G2 “Moving Quonset Hut Nome.” Large group of soldiers carrying Quonset hut in snow. Undated
14 PL-3G12-2 “Service Club, 11-28, Nome.” Interior scene of men gathered around soldiers playing a piano and an accordion. Undated
15 ATC 12-PL-3G16-5-12-4 P-39 “School, Nome.” Classroom scene of pilots seated and instructor standing next to airplane engine. Undated
16 ATC 12-PL-4G8-3-1/22 “ATC Dance, Nome.” Interior dance scene with soldier at microphone on stage, and men and women dancing. Undated
17 ATC 12-3G31-1-12/25 “Spec. Serv. Gr., Nome.” Interior scene of woman singing next to piano accompanist, with audience of soldiers in background. Undated
18 “Our mess. I am last at side table under X.” Interior scene of soldiers eating in officers’ mess. Undated
19 Five officers speaking in a semicircle next to tail of aircraft. Brigadier general in center. Undated

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