Reports of the United States Strategic Bombing
survey regarding documentation of effects of aerial bombardment of cities and industrial
sites, chiefly in Japan during World War II. Manuals demonstrating the operation and
maintenance of pilot-less aircraft, type JB-2 "buzz" bombs. Reports and memoranda
regarding the construction of a special hangar at Eglin Field, Florida for testing
aircraft under controlled climatic conditions.
Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Manuscript Collection
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Collection materials are in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant,
Walter H. Gardner was born in Logan, Utah in the 1910s. After graduating from the common
schools of the area, Gardner studied soil physics at Utah State Agricultural College
(now Utah State University) and graduated in 1939 with a B.S. With the advent of World
War II, Gardner served as a member of the Army Air Forces Corporation, eventually
working for the US Military in Japan studying the general effects of war on the soil and
the radioactive contamination of soil near Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After completing his
work in the Pacific Gardner returned to Utah and continued his studies. In 1948 he
received his M.S. and in 1950 his Ph.D in physics. Thereafter, Gardner taught at
numerous universities in the West.
Agronomy News, in August of 1984, published the following
profile of Gardner:
WALTER H. GARDNER, professor emeritus, Washington State University, assumed the office
of president of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of
Science. Dr. Gardner is also presently serving as past president of the Soil Science
Society of America. He is widely known for his research and writing in soil physics and
soil-water-plant relations. His time-lapse motion picture, "Water Movement in Soil," is
used worldwide as a teaching aid. (p.5)
When Gardner retired in the 1980s, he returned to Logan where he has since resided.
This five box collection contains nearly sixty rare publications about World War II and
various government reports relative to US government projects after of war. Some of the
publications in this collection are connected to Gardner's research. These publications
consist of United States Strategic Bombing Survey reports published during 1944-1947.
The United States Strategic Bombing Survey organization was established in 1944 by the
Secretary of War and examined and amassed statistical and documentary material on World
War II bombing sites in Germany and Japan. Most of the reports in this collection
concern the effects of the United States' bombardment of cities and industrial sites in
Japan, containing numerous graphic photographs and illustrations. These reports yield
detailed information on the effects of bombing raids on the Japanese civilian
population, economy, electrical power structure, food supply, and other similar topics.
box 1 primarily contains reports and memoranda regarding the construction of a special
hangar at Eglin Field, Florida for testing aircraft under controlled climatic
conditions. This box also contains a government publication entitled Guide to Japan, and
a publication on a thermal spring in Japan, published partly in Japanese.
boxes 2-5 contain nearly sixty publications by the United States Strategic Bombing
Survey organization. Booklets 1 and 2 concern the European Theater, but the remaining 57
publications concern the war in the Pacific. These booklets have been organized by the
division that conducted the bombing surveys. United States Strategic Bombing Survey has
also been abbreviated as USSBS.
Following the inventory of this collection, a reference index of subjects and locations
has been provided for the aid researchers.
Use of the Collection
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from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of
Air Forces Proving Ground Command Papers and other
Climatic Hangar Project Memoranda
(A project entailing the construction and operation of a mammoth hangar at
Eglin Field in Florida to house the performance testing of large aircraft under
controlled climatic conditions.)
Climatic Hangar Project Memoranda
Climatic Hangar Project. Reports
Climatic Hangar Project. Specifications.
Climatic Hangar Project. Misc
Facilities Branch Proof Division. Report
(The function of this branch of the Army Air Forces Proving Ground Command was
to provide the latest testing methods and broad scientific methods of testing
for the service testing of Army Air Forces aircraft and auxiliary equipment.)
Pilotless Aircraft Project. Technical Orders
(These manuals demonstrate the methods of assembly, preparation and launching
of the pilotless aircraft type JB-2 jet bomb or "buzz" bomb.)
Report: The Period of Japanese Advance-Prior to
Allied Invasion of Guadalcanal
Guide to Japan, Cincpac-Cincpoa Bulletin 209-45
1945 September 1
Publication on Shirahama Thermal Springs in
Wakayama Prefecture, Japan