Guide to the Chester William Roemmelt Papers, 1917-1980
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Roemmelt, Chester W., 1902-1981 Title Chester William Roemmelt Papers Dates 1917-1980 Extent 2 Boxes (1.5 linear feet) About the Collection
The collection includes publications, 1917 and 1940-1945, primarily field and technical manuals related to Chester Roemmelt’s World War II service. There are papers and photographs, 1917-1980, relating to his time at Norwich University and which also reflect some of Roemmelt’s other interests, including Morgan horses and the Louisville, KY, flood of 1937. Several hand-colored photographs are included from Roemmelt’s time at Norwich. Also included are five photographs taken and signed by Margaret Bourke-White in the 1930s. A more detailed content listing of the collection is included in this finding aid.
About Chester W. Roemmelt
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Chester W. Roemmelt graduated with the Norwich University class of 1922. During his time at Norwich, he was a member of the track and fencing squads as well as the dramatic club. Following his graduation, Roemmelt held a commission in the U. S. Army Reserve and served in the Cavalry from 1923 to 1942. He was on active duty 1942-1946, serving at the Armored School at Fort Knox, KY. He retired from the Reserve in 1954 with the rank of major. Following the war, Chester Roemmelt was employed by the New York Central Railroad for twenty-five years. He moved to Vermont in 1953. Roemmelt served as a deputy sergeant-at-arms for the Vermont legislature until his retirment in 1967. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on Chester William Roemmelt.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Roemmelt, Chester W., 1902-1981
Bourke-White, Margaret, 1904-1971
Norwich University -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945.
Floods -- Louisville, Kentucky -- 1937.
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); Chester William Roemmelt 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 Chester W. Roemmelt from Dean Herbert Rufus Roberts of Norwich University, 14 April 1926. Chester William Roemmelt Papers, Box 1, Papers 1922-1926 file, Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library Northfield, VT.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chester Roemmelt’s cavalry whip (note cavalry service in biography above) was transferred to the Sullivan Museum and History Center on 20 January 2010.
Publications, 1917 and 1940-1945 (Also see Box 2)
Field service pocket manual, 1917
World War II field manuals, 1940-1944 (2 files)
World War II technical manuals, 1940-1943
World War II publications, miscellaneous, 1944-1945
Papers and Photographs, 1917-1977 (See Box 2 for additional papers)
Papers regarding Norwich University, 1917-1922
Papers, miscellaneous, 1918-1979 (2 files)
Papers, miscellaneous, undated
Photographs regarding Roemmelt’s time at Norwich, 1917-1922
Clippings on the Endurance Race, 1919
Clippings on Norwich University, 1922, 1963, 1973, 1980 and undated
Clippings on the Louisville, KY, flood, 1937
Clippings, miscellaneous, 1944-1946
Papers relating to Morgan horses, 1946-1948
Papers relating to the 50th class reunion of the class of 1922, 1972
Papers, 1919-1922 (See Box 1 for additional papers)
Norwich University scrapbook pages, undated
Photographs by Margaret Bourke-White, 1930s (all are signed)
Breadline following the Louisville, KY, flood of 1937
Hoover Dam, 1935-1940?
Statue of Liberty, 1930?
TWA airplane, 1935?
Radio transmitters, part of a photo mural done for NBC, 1934? Publications, 1942-1945 (Also see Box 1)
Armored command publications, 1942-1943
Miscellaneous publications, 1942-1945
World War II poster: “Tools are Weapons”
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