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Earl D. Reed Collection. World War II photograph albums, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Marine Corps material.

Identifier: MSC 0347

Scope and Contents

The Earl D. Reed Collection contains Mr. Reed's two photograph albums and related printed material. The two photograph albums, which document his career with the U. S. military in the 1930s and 1940s, are particularly interesting, since these include photographs of the fighting between the Japanese and Chinese forces in China in the years before World War II. The collection, housed in two boxes, was a gift of Judy Cowden in December 2005. The collection includes: U.S. Naval Academy, two publications. Regulations Governing Admission…March 1931, and Examination Papers for Admission…Feb. 1922-April 1931; The North China Upheaval 1937. A complete pictorial record of the North China Upheaval with a survey by W.V. Pennell; "Chaumont Morning Breeze" (San Francisco-Honolulu-Guam). Ship newsletter. 1937: May 22 (2 copies), May 23, May 24, May 27, and June 6; American Embassy Guard, Peiping, China. Christmas, Dec. 25, 1937. Program with menu, rosters, illustrations. Earl D. Reed is listed under Company "C," U.S. Marine Corps.; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, Graduation Exercises program, Class of 1942. December 19, 1941; Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin. May 1943 and January 1944 (front cover missing); 11 postcards of Annapolis, MD, and the U.S. Naval Academy; one photo postcard of bear, "Nehi"; two small typed pages, one of L.A. Times transcribed article 'The Lexington-An Epitaph,' June 18, 1942, and 'what soldiers are made of' article; one small tinted photograph of woman (no ID); one small photograph of man (no ID); USS Coral Sea calendar cruise book, 1953 (blank). Two photograph albums: One photograph album is signed Earl D. Reed, Annapolis, MD. It includes a group photograph of the Graduating Platoon, NTS Norfolk, Va. in November 1938. The second album has an embroidered cover with the words 'U.S. Marine Corps.' Both albums include pictures from China. Other locales include Puerto Rico; Guantanamo Bay and Havana, Cuba; Norfolk, Va.; the 1939 World's Fair in New York; Patapsco Lake; Annapolis, MD; Peiping, China; and other locations. The dates range approximately from the late 1930s to the mid-1940s. Two articles: Life, July 5, 1943. "Killed In Action" article. Philadelphia Inquirer Picture Parade, May 2, 1943. One Ocarina ("Sweet Potato") musical instrument. Made in the U.S.A. With original box and instructions. 'Reed, E.D.' stamped on bottom of box.


  • 1930-1945

Conditions Governing Access

Material is available for research. Prior arrangement MUST be made by contacting the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection at


2 boxes

Earl D. Reed Collection. World War II photograph albums, U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Marine Corps material.
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

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