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About this collection

This collection consists of photographs collected by Lamar Q. Ball for his multivolume history of World War II in Georgia.  Only one volume of this history, Georgia in World War II: A Study of the Military and Civilian, vol. I, 1939, was published.  These photographs date from 1934 to 1945.

 

Historic Background

 

Lamar Q. Ball worked as a reporter for the Atlanta Constitution in the 1930s and 1940s.  In 1946, Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall appointed him World War Historian and commissioned him to write a multi-volume history of World War II in Georgia.  Only one volume of this history, Georgia in World War II: A Study of the Military and Civilian, vol. I, 1939, was published.

 

In researching his history, Ball gathered a collection of reference material and photographs from a wide variety of sources, which he arranged by subject.  His research collection was eventually transferred to the Georgia Archives.  A large selection of photographs from the collection is presented here which cover many aspects of both the military effort and the home front in Georgia from roughly 1939 to 1945.

 

To see photographs grouped together by story, sort the collection by Record ID.  Often the photograph selected for the story is labeled “Newspaper caption.”  The following topics are an example of the broad range of subjects covered by the collection:

 

  • Fort Benning
  • The Infantry School, Fort Benning
  • The Parachute School, Fort Benning
  • The American Red Cross
  • Georgia Tech’s Naval ROTC program
  • Souther Field
  • Fort McPherson
  • Fourth Service Command
  • President Roosevelt (who had close ties in Georgia through the Warm Springs Foundation)
  • Induction
  • Military training
  • War production
  • Ship building
  • Rationing, conservation and shortages
  • Fashion
  • Wartime weddings
  • Recovery and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers
  • Entertainment
  • War bond rallies
  • Blood drives
  • Military training grounds at Toccoa

 

Ball's collection includes photographs from the European and Pacific Theaters, some of which include subjects from Georgia.  He also had access to captured German photographs and postcards.  The captions of these have been translated and are included in this online collection.

 

Usage Note: Users may download the images for personal or educational use – students may include images in reports, for instance, and teachers may use the images in the classroom – if the following credit line is included with the image: Courtesy of the Georgia Archives.

 

Ordering:To order reproductions and apply for permission to publish, please contact Reference Services. Refer to a photograph by the collection name, its county code, and identification number (e.g. "Lamar Q. Ball lball0199").

 

Contact:

Reference Services
archives-photos@usg.edu
Georgia Archives

 

Copyright and Publication: Copyright clearance is the responsibility of the user.  See the “Source” field for copyright holders.  For further information, contact steve.engerrand@usg.edu.

 

 

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