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Mickey Dorsey papers

 Collection
Identifier: Mss 1065-046

Collection Overview

The collection consists of letters, photographs, negatives, and other papers of Mickey Dorsey, an American soldier with the 71st Infantry Division, who participated in the liberation of Gunskirchen Lager, a German concentration camp in Austria. Photographs and negatives taken by Joe Daurer, the photographer for Dorsey's unit, show victims and survivors in the camp.

Dates

  • 1944-1946, 1999

Creator

Language of Material

Materials in English

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Copyright Notice

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Biographical Note

Mason "Mickey" Dorsey was born on July 22, 1925, in Chester, South Carolina. He attended Clemson University on scholarship until his sophomore year, when he left to join the U.S. Army. Dorsey started basic training in February 1944 at Camp Blanding, Florida, then received additional communications training at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Dorsey's unit, the 71st Infantry Division, arrived in France in February 1945. The division fought in France, Germany, and Austria, and on May 4, participated in the liberation of Gunskirchen Lager, a German concentration camp near Lambach, Austria. Photographs and negatives taken by the unit's photographer, Joe Daurer, were given to Dorsey by Daurer's widow Rosemary after his death.

After the war, Dorsey resumed his studies in textile engineering at Clemson University. He worked for companies in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Hazlehurst, Georgia, then returned to Charlotte and started his own company, Lubromation, Inc.

Extent

1.0 linear feet (8 folders)

Abstract

The collection consists of letters, photographs, negatives, and other papers of Mickey Dorsey, an American soldier with the 71st Infantry Division, who participated in the liberation of Gunskirchen Lager, a German concentration camp in Austria. Photographs and negatives taken by Joe Daurer, the photographer for Dorsey's unit, show victims and survivors in the camp.

Collection Arrangement

Materials are described at the folder level.

Acquisitions Information

Materials donated in 2007 by Mickey Dorsey.

Related Material

Related materials in Special Collections include a 2006 oral history interview with Mickey Dorsey (Mss 1035-037).

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca McClure, May 2012.

Creator

Source

Title
Inventory of the Mickey Dorsey Papers, 1944-1946, 1999
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by: Rebecca McClure; machine-readable finding aid created by:
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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