Guide to the Ritchie Garrison Papers, 1933-1999
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Garrison, Ritchie Title Ritchie Garrison Papers Dates 1933-1999 Extent 2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet) About the Collection
The collection contains materials regarding the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) and Task Force 9156, 64th Regiment of Armor, including clippings, postage stamps, photographs, correspondence and other papers. Other topics of interest included in the collection are aviation in the form of Garrison’s pilot logs from 1958 to 1981, the Norwich University Board of Fellows and Alumni Association, genealogy, including a transcription of the 1867 diary of John Ritchie (1836-1919), and Ritchie Garrison’s military service records, including commissions. Also included is a photograph album, 1936-1939, documenting Junior Week activities, 1937, the summer hikes of 1936 and 1937, and 1st Squadron 3rd Cavalry at Fort Ethan Allen and Underhill, VT, 1938-1939. Other photographs in the collection document events on the Norwich University campus, 1933-1941 and include some images taken by Ritchie Garrison during his brother George’s time at NU. Other personal photographs date from Ritchie Garrison’s post Norwich years and mostly feature visits made to the campus, ca. 1970s-1990s. Materials within the collection date from 1933 to 1999.
About Ritchie Garrison
Ritchie Garrison (1911-1997) of Waban, MA, graduated with the Norwich University class of 1937. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity, the Drill Team and the Rifle Club. He also served on the staffs of the War Whoop and the Guidon. During World War II, Garrison served as an intelligence officer with the Third Island Command in the South Pacific. His experiences in the New Hebrides area form the basis for his book, Task Force 9156 and III Island Command, published in 1983. Upon his return from the South Pacific, Garrison served with the Armored Battalions of the U. S. After the war, he served abroad in Germany and in the Mediterranean, later returning to the U. S. to work at the Pentagon. Ritchie Garrison retired from the Army in 1964. He was an avid aviator. He served on the Norwich Board of Trustees from 1972-1977 and was active in other university organizations. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Ritchie Garrison.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Ritchie, John, 1836-1919.
United States. -- Navy. -- Task Force 9156.
United States. -- Army. -- Island Command, III.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Vanuatu -- Efate.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Ritchie Garrison Papers, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter to Ritchie Garrison from Loring E. Hart, 14 October 1975. Ritchie Garrison Papers, 1970-1975 file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library.
Extent: 2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet) Collection Location: Archives 501 Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, email@example.com
The following objects were transferred to the Sullivan Museum and History Center in November 2008: College Rifle League emblem; aviator’s pins; World War II medals (in framed case with photograph of Ritchie Garrison) including: 1939 Croix de Guerre with one Star, Bronze Star, World War II Service Medal, and American Defense Medal (limited emergency 1939 and 1941); “Norwich Forever,” a 33 1/3 RPM record by the Norwich Band and Glee Club, undated; major’s gold leaf; Lt. Colonel’s silver leaf; and lieutenant’s silver bars.
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