Camp Shows Publicity Records

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The USO Camp Show Records document, through photographs, the tours to American serviceman of performing artists from World War II up to and including the Korean War.
United Service Organizations (U.S.) (Creator)
Benny, Jack, 1894-1974 (Contributor)
Bolger, Ray (Contributor)
Brown, Joe E. (Joe Evan), 1892-1973 (Contributor)
Cornell, Katharine, 1893-1974 (Contributor)
Crosby, Bing, 1903-1977 (Contributor)
De Havilland, Olivia (Contributor)
Dietrich, Marlene (Contributor)
Falkenburg, Jinx (Contributor)
Garfield, John (Contributor)
Garland, Judy (Contributor)
Goddard, Paulette, 1911-1990 (Contributor)
Heller, Jackie (Contributor)
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003 (Contributor)
Ladd, Alan (Contributor)
Landis, Carole, 1919-1948 (Contributor)
Langford, Frances (Contributor)
Louise, Anita, 1915-1970 (Contributor)
Manning, Irene (Contributor)
Merkel, Una, 1903-1986 (Contributor)
O'Brien, Pat, 1899-1983 (Contributor)
Owen, Reginald, 1887-1972 (Contributor)
Rooney, Mickey (Contributor)
Sheridan, Ann, 1915-1967 (Contributor)
Shore, Dinah, 1917-1994 (Contributor)
Camp Shows, Inc. (Contributor)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1941 - 1955
Library locations
Billy Rose Theatre Division
Shelf locator: *T-Mss 1991-007
Korean War, 1950-1953 -- War work
Soldiers -- Recreation
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work
United Service Organizations (U.S.)
Annual reports
Biographical/historical: The USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) was formed in 1941, its purpose being "to aid in the war and defense program of the United States and its Allies by serving the religious, spiritual, welfare, and educational needs of the men and women in the armed forces and the war and defense industries..., and in general, to contribute to the maintenance of morale in American communities and elsewhere." (USO Constitution and By-Laws) During its initial years of operation (1941-1947) the Camp Shows brought entertainment to United States and Allied service men overseas, at home, in hospitals, and in occupied territories. Theater productions as well as entertainment featuring Hollywood personalities and novelty performers entertained servicemen all over the world.
Content: The USO Camp Show Publicity Records consist of reports, clippings, posters and photographs for the years 1941 through 1955. The records deal solely with the USO entertainment effort during World War II and Korea, as well as the USO entertainment effort in the veterans' hospitals during and after the war.
Content: Card catalog available.
Physical Description
Extent: 10 lin. ft. (25 boxes)
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11524069
MSS Unit ID: 21282
Archives collections id: archives_collections_21282
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 9ad76130-542b-0139-7779-0242ac110004
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