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Finding Aid Friday: Western Signal Corps School Collection

Main Reading Room, WSC

Main Reading Room, WSC

This week’s feature in our Finding Aid Friday series is the Western Signal Corps School Collection. From 1943-1944, in the midst of World War II, the UC College of Agriculture at Davis (now the University of California, Davis) was closed and converted to a training facility for the Western Signal Corps School (WSCS). The WSCS took over the dormitories, the gymnasium and swimming pool, the judging pavilions and most of the academic buildings. The library became the radio school

The WSCS collection contains the school newsletters, a student guide, commemorative album, farewell menu, as well as several photographs including the one below.

Be sure to check out the Yolo at War series in the  Davis Enterprise this week. The series, which focuses on how World War II affected the Davis community and the region, features two of the photographs from this collection.

 At the end of the WSCS activities, the Army returned the keys of the campus to Controller Ira Smith (right), chief acting university officer, 1944 October 31 At the end of the WSCS activities, the Army returned the keys of the campus to Controller Ira Smith (right), chief acting university officer, 1944 October 31