Guide to the Earnest Dwight Ringland papers
Collection number: HMC-1219.
Creator: Ringland, Earnest Dwight.
Title: Earnest Dwight Ringland papers.
Dates: undated, 1943-1945.
Volume of collection: 0.2 cubic feet.
Language of materials: Materials in the collection are in English.
Collection summary: Primarily photographs of a member of the Detachment Engineers who was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.
Earnest Dwight Ringland was born in Riverside California on August 6, 1922. After graduating from high school in 1940, Ringland attended Indiana Central University, with a major in mathematics and minors in physics and history. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and trained as a combat engineer. As a member of the Detachment Engineers stationed on Shemya, Ringland’s tasks included tarring roofs, spreading sand on runways, and planting trees. Ringland died on January 12, 2002.
The collection includes xerographic copies of the original albums, a photocopy of the booklet, So You’re Going Home, copies of 110 original black and white prints, and 8 contact sheets. Subjects of the photographs include Ringland’s training classmates at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, aircraft, scenes on Shemya, and individual and group shots of Ringland and other men serving with him on Shemya.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged by type of material.
Digitized copies: This collection has not been digitized. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.
Rights note: Archives and Special Collections does not hold copyright to materials in this collection.
Preferred citation: Earnest Dwight Ringland papers, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.
Related materials: Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers. HMC-0862.
Custodial history: Earnest Dwight Ringland’s original photographs were loaned to Hank Frese for copying. Frese’s copies were donated to the Archives as part of the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers.
Acquisition note: The photographs were originally part of the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers, presented to the archives on behalf of the Henry K. Frese Sr. family with the assistance of fellow Shemya veteran Dan Lange, in 2006.
Processing information: The photographs were removed from the Henry K. “Hank” Frese papers and described by Gwen Sieja in 2015.
Location of originals: The location of Ringland’s original photographs is unknown.