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Wayne L Elston Collection

 Unprocessed — Box: 04836 C
Identifier: H2012-104

Content Description

The collection consists of twenty-five photographs and one certificate belonging to Wayne Elston who served during World War II in the United States Army. The photographs date to the 1940s during the war. It is believed that Mr. Elston did not take these images, but had acquired them at some point. Included are seven photographs of the liberation of concentration camps in Germany. The photos show, in graphic detail, the deplorable and malnourished condition of the camp workers; including images of deceased workers. Also included are seventeen photographs of various World War II military scenes featuring: a military cemetery, dead soldiers, destroyed bridge and town scenes in Germany, tanks, soldiers in combat, and a downed Messerschmidt Me 262 Schwalbe (Swallow). The collection also features a World War I era photo of soldiers parading down a street. The image is not identified and may be a company of the South Dakota National Guard. The collection also contains a certificate honoring the memory of Wayne Elston and his service to the United States signed by President Barack Obama.

Acquisition Type


Restrictions Apply



  • ca. 1910s
  • ca. 1940s


0.1 Cubic Feet