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Zig Boroughs papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-040

Collection Overview

The collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, and other papers of Zig Boroughs, an American soldier who served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. Two memoirs are included: one written by Edith Jakobs, a Jewish native of Germany who was liberated by members of Boroughs's unit while in hiding in the Netherlands; the other by Werner "Tom" Angress, also a Jewish native of Germany, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an interrogator with Boroughs's unit.

Dates

  • 1984-2008

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English and Dutch

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Ralph "Zig" Boroughs was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II along with his entire class at The Citadel. He volunteered for the paratroopers and served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After Boroughs completed parachute and demolition training at Fort Benning, Georgia, he arrived in England on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He participated in Operation Market Garden, an Allied military operation in the Netherlands and Germany. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.

Boroughs was discharged in November 1945. After returning home, he earned master and doctorate degrees in science education and taught math and science at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina.

Extent

0.25 linear feet (5 folders)

Abstract

The collection consists of correspondence, memoirs, and other papers of Zig Boroughs, an American soldier who served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment during World War II. Two memoirs are included: one written by Edith Jakobs, a Jewish native of Germany who was liberated by members of Boroughs's unit while in hiding in the Netherlands; the other by Werner "Tom" Angress, also a Jewish native of Germany, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and served as an interrogator with Boroughs's unit.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2005 by Ralph Boroughs.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, March 2012.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Zig Boroughs Papers, 1984-2008
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rebecca McClure
Date
2012
Description rules
DACS
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the processing of this collection and encoding of the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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