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Joseph E. Frederick papers and photographs

Identifier: BUSC-2014-002

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs of various sizes created and distributed by the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. It also includes the complete service record and miscellaneous war-related ephemera belonging to Joseph E. Frederick, a native of Broome County, New York, and chemical technician in the Army.

The photographs cover events in the European and Pacific theatres during WWII, as well as the subsequent Nuremberg trials and Potsdam Conference. Prominent people featured in the photographs include President Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Harry S. Truman, Winston Churchill, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Marlene Dietrich, Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Eva Braun, Rudolf Hess, and Hermann Göring.

The materials related to Joseph E. Frederick include his service record and ephemera such the Amended GI Bill of Rights, a prayer book, and an Army songbook.

See the Container List for a detailed inventory.


  • Creation: 1941 - 1948


Biographical Note

Joseph E. Frederick, a native of Johnson City, Broome County, New York, was born December 15, 1912 and died June 11, 1998. He was a graduate of Binghamton High School and studied chemistry at the University of Iowa and physics at Cornell, although he did not graduate. He joined the ROTC as a cadet in August 1934, and later worked as a chemistry teacher at Binghamton Central High School and a shoe inspector at the Endicott Johnson Corporation before joining the Army and beginning basic training in March 1942. Frederick was a chemical technician and later became part of the Army’s Chemical Warfare Service. He likely served in the Army until 1945.

The U.S. Army Signal Corps was a branch of the Army created by Congress on March 3, 1863. It was responsible for communications during World War II—first by semaphore, then telegraph. It was later responsible for telephone and radio communications, and eventually radar and sonar technology. The Signal Corps’ photographic division was established in 1917. During WWII, the Signal Corps increased from 27,000 to over 350,000 personnel. The photographic division captured many historic moments with the purpose of furthering the Allied cause; it also created training films and documented combat missions. In addition to providing news, training, and promotional materials, Signal Corps photographers aided in documenting Nazi atrocities during WWII. The Signal Corps was abolished on February 28, 1964.


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This collection consists primarily of WWII photographs created by the photographic division of the United States Army Signal Corps. Photographs cover events in the European and Pacific theaters during WWII, as well as the subsequent Nuremberg trials and Potsdam Conference. A small portion of the collection are WWII service records and ephemera of Broome County, New York, native Joseph E. Frederick, who worked as a chemical technician for the United States Army. See the Container List for a detailed inventory.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Sophie Frederick, 2014.

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Repository Details

Part of the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Binghamton NY 13902 USA