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Typescript of James H. Gregg's Memoir, "Awesome Spring"

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0468

Scope and Content

A personal narrative typescript entitled "Awesome Spring" that describes the wartime experiences of a rifleman in Germany from March 2 to May 7 (V-E Day), 1944. Gregg's division entered western Germany from France, crossed the Saar River, and moved rapidly eastward through Saarbrucken, the Siegfried Line, crossed the Rhine and Neckar Rivers, passed through Heidelberg, crossed the Danube and was within a few miles of Munich, before being relieved in early May. He describes extensive combat, conditions among the troops, and some of the areas encountered. A photograph of his platoon, taken after V-E Day, is included.

The collection also includes a memorial brochure and a book of his pen and ink sketches titled "Animals, Aeroplanes, and Otherwise." The sketches chronicle his wartime experiences, his academic career and his love of flying.

Dates

  • Circa 1978

Creator

Access

The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

James H. Gregg (1920-1997) was a University of Florida professor of microbiology and an artist. During World War II, he was a rifleman in the 63rd Infantry Division, from 1944 to 1946, with wartime service in Germany. He earned a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1950 and was on the faculty of IFAS, University of Florida, from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. Photographs of his paintings and sculpture have been published in The Art of James H. Gregg (Gainesville, 2002).

Extent

0.05 Linear feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

A personal narrative typescript entitled "Awesome Spring" that describes the wartime experiences of James H. Gregg while serving as a rifleman in Germany from March 2 to May 7 (V-E Day), 1944.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Accruals

Additional materials including a memorial for Gregg and a compilation of photocopies of his drawings was added to the collection in March, 2013.

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Title
A Guide to the Typescript of James H. Gregg's Memoir, "Awesome Spring"
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Dept. Staff
Date
December 2011
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

Contact:
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America
352-273-2755