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McDuff's Studio, Camp Shelby World War I panoramic photographs

 Collection — Folder: OBF018
Identifier: OBF018

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 20 black-and-white panoramic photographs taken by McDuff's Studio of Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Camp Shelby during 1917-1918. The photographs feature group photographs of various organizations from the 38th Division, including 150th Ambulance Company of the 113th Sanitary Train; 149th Machine Gun Company; 139th Field Artillery Band; Battalion C and the Headquarter and Supply Companies of the 139th Field Artillery; Company A, 137th Machine Gun Battalion, and Companies C and D of the 139th Machine Gun Battalion. There are also shots of the living quarters of the 113th Sanitary Train; 137th and 139th Field Artilleries; and the 151st and 152nd Infantry Regiments. A few of the photographs are duplicates.


  • 1917-1918


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

Camp Shelby is a military base that was established in 1917 after the United States entered World War I. It is located military post at the southern boundary of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on United States Highway 49. The post was named in honor of Isaac Shelby, a Revolutionary War hero and the first governor of Kentucky, by the 38th Division, which was the first to train at there.

The 38th Infantry Division is one of the eighteen divisions of the United States Army, and one of eight National Guard divisions. After the U.S. entered the First World War in 1917, the division was formed from National Guard from Kentucky, West Virginia, and Indiana at Camp Shelby, Mississippi. The division's special designation as "Cyclone Division" was decided upon when its training camp was damaged during a tornado. The division was comprised of the 149th, 150th, 151st and 152nd Infantry Regiments; 137th, 138th and 139th Machine Gun Battalions; 137th, 138th and 139th Artillery Regiments (63rd Field Artillery Brigade); 113th Trench Mortar Battery; 113th Engineer Regiment and Train; 113th Field Signal Battalion; 113th Ammunition Train; 113th Supply Train; 113th Train Headquarters and Military Police; and the 149th, 150th, 151st and 152s Ambulance Companies and Field Hospitals of the 113th Sanitary Train.

The 38th Diviision was deployed to the Le Mans area of France in late 1918 toward the end of the war, with the division broken up to fill in gaps in combat formations. After the division's demobilization following the war, it was reconstituted and reorganized in the National Guard on March 16, 1923. Presently, the 38th Division is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and contains Army National Guard units from Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Delaware, Michigan, Tennessee and other states.


Thomas, Shipley. The History of the A. E. F. New York: George H. Doran, 1920. Accessed March 28, 2022. Google Books.

Wikipedia. "Camp Shelby." Accessed March 28, 2022.


0.15 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digitized materials from the collection are available online in the ISL Digital Collections:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/29 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/29 by Brittany Kropf.
McDuff's Studio, Camp Shelby World War I panoramic photographs
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