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Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters

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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid

Correspondence to Captain O.C. McDavid

Newsletters

Memorabilia

Sketch

Newspaper Clippings

Compilation of Materials



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Collection Overview

Title: Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters, 1943-1945View associated digital content.

ID: 10/2011-008

Primary Creator: McDavid, O. C., 1911-1998

Extent: 2.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 06/02/2011

Subjects: McDavid, O. C., 1911-1998, World War, 1939-1945, World War, 1939-1945 - Pacific Area

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Programs (documents), Sketches

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection primarily consists of correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid during his service in World War II in the South Pacific.  The collection also includes a handful of correspondence addressed to Captain McDavid, newsletters from his service, memorabilia collected while abroad, a sketch drawn by Captain McDavid, newspaper clippings, and Letters from OC: The War Years--1940 through 1945, compiled by Gene McDavid.

Correspondence from Captain McDavid is arranged chronologically while letters addressed to Captain McDavid have been arranged alphabetically by author.  The remaining materials have been arranged chronologically.

Related Materials:

Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/mcdav)

Biographical Note

O.C. McDavid was born on May 30, 1911 in Ruth, Mississippi.  At the urging of his high school English teacher, McDavid forged a non-traditional path into a career in the newspaper industry.  He secured his first job sweeping up the print shop at the Enterprise Journal while in high school.  As his responsibilities grew to include running the print shop as well as writing, he attended high school part-time so that he could pursue his new career full-time.

McDavid’s career took an unexpected turn as the United States’ involvement in World War II became imminent.  As a member of the National Guard, McDavid received his federal induction and was quickly tapped to publish a camp newspaper named The Dixie.  After the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, McDavid was stationed in the South Pacific.  There, in New Guinea, McDavid was placed in charge of establishing village governments with the local population and helped to provide local services such as sanitation, security, and health.

Following the war, McDavid returned to the newspaper industry, finally retiring at the age of 70.  He turned his time and energies to sculpting and painting, earning the George Ohr Public Service Award (honoring Mississippians who have supported crafts as art) in 1976.

He died on March 12, 1998 in Jackson, Mississippi.  The following year the Mississippi Press Association established an annual student journalism conference in his name.

Subject/Index Terms

McDavid, O. C., 1911-1998
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 - Pacific Area

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Donated by Gene McDavid

Preferred Citation: Captain O.C. McDavid World War II Letters. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid, 1943-1945, undated],
[Series 2: Correspondence to Captain O.C. McDavid, 1944],
[Series 3: Newsletters],
[Series 4: Memorabilia],
[Series 5: Sketch],
[Series 6: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 7: Compilation of Materials],
[All]

Series 1: Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid, 1943-1945, undated
Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid is arranged chronologically and primarily focuses on his tour of duty in the South Pacific during World War II.  Many of the letters are illustrated with cartoons and drawings.
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence, Sept. 1943-Oct. 1943View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Jan. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Correspondence, Feb. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Correspondence, March 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Correspondence (1 of 2), April 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Correspondence (2 of 2), April 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence (1 of 2), May 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Correspondence (2 of 2), May 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Correspondence, June 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Correspondence, July 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 11: Correspondence (1 of 2), Aug. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 12: Correspondence (2 of 2), Aug. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 13: Correspondence, Sept. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Correspondence, Oct. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 15: Correspondence, Nov. 1944View associated digital content.
Folder 16: Correspondence, Dec. 1944; 1944View associated digital content.
Box 2
Folder 1: Correspondence, Jan. 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Feb. 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Correspondence, March 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Correspondence (1 of 2), April 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Correspondence (2 of 2), April 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Correspondence (1 of 2), May 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Correspondence (2 of 2), May 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 8: Correspondence, June 1945, Aug. 1945View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Correspondence, undatedView associated digital content.
Series 2: Correspondence to Captain O.C. McDavid, 1944
Correspondence addressed to Captain O.C. McDavid is arranged alphabetically by author.
Box 2
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1944View associated digital content.
Series 3: Newsletters
Newsletters and a fragment of a newsletter collected by Captain O.C. McDavid during his tour of duty are arranged chronologically.
Box 2
Folder 11: Newsletters, 1944-1945, undated
Series 4: Memorabilia
Memorabilia include items acquired by Captain O.C. McDavid during his time abroad serving in World War II.
Box 2
Folder 12: Memorabilia, 1944-1945, undated
Series 5: Sketch
Included is a sketch drawn by Captain O.C. McDavid depicting facilities constructed in their military camp.
Box 2
Folder 13: Sketch of facilities, undated
Series 6: Newspaper Clippings
Clippings include portions of articles related to soldiers in World War II, including a portion of a letter from Captain O.C. McDavid, and a cartoon.
Box 2
Folder 14: Clippings, 1944, undated
Series 7: Compilation of Materials
Binder, assembled by O.C. McDavid’s son, includes photocopies of the various items in the collection as well as some items unavailable as originals in the collection.
Box 3
Item 1: Letters from OC:  The War Years--1940 through 1945, compiled by Gene McDavid

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[Series 1: Correspondence from Captain O.C. McDavid, 1943-1945, undated],
[Series 2: Correspondence to Captain O.C. McDavid, 1944],
[Series 3: Newsletters],
[Series 4: Memorabilia],
[Series 5: Sketch],
[Series 6: Newspaper Clippings],
[Series 7: Compilation of Materials],
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