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Albert William Jennings Papers

 Collection
Identifier: ARL233

Scope and Contents

The collection contains papers that span the years 1918 to 1948. It includes military cards, records, reports, permits, notices, passes, photographs, newspaper articles and photographs. The material also documents Jennings’s personal life, his wife and his civilian career with the Colorado Department of Life Science.

SERIES 1 MILITARY RECORDS 1918 to 1948

The series comprises of military enlistment records, military honorable discharges, military qualifying primary and secondary records, military appointments, newspaper article regarding his military life, military permits, passes, privileges, and furlough permits, notice of wages and payments.

SERIES 2 PHOTOGRAPHS 1918 to 1948

The series comprises photographs pertaining to Jennings’s military career and his personal life.

Dates

  • 1918-1948

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Albert William Jennings was born in Denver, Colorado in 1900. He grew up in a house at 2926 Williams Street. Jennings attended Manual Training High School, where he graduated in 1915. He later attended Parks Business College for one year. Following his year at Parks Business College, Jennings enlisted in the Army of the United States of America. His 40 years of service with the U.S. government included 30 years in the Army. In 1918, Jennings participated in the U.S. Army’s operation that drove Pancho Villa out of Juarez, Mexico. In 1924, he served as corporal and company clerk at Fort Benning, Georgia.

During World War II Jennings was stationed in England, France and Okinawa, Japan. He recalled the military invasions of Normandy Beach, France and Okinawa, Japan, respectively. In England Jennings represented his military unit at a grand ball hosted by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. The King and Queen received him at Buckingham Palace where the ball was held. In France Jennings was assigned officer rank to oversee African American soldiers voting in France during the 1944 elections being held in the U.S. Lieutenant Ben Lear shadowed Jennings in France during this election year process.

Jennings was the recipient of service medals for his contributions to the Mexican border campaign and World War II. He is credited with receiving more military honors and decorations than any other member of Denver’s Wallace Simpson American Legion Post, of which he was an adjutant member.

After retirement from the Army, Jennings continued to serve in a government capacity with the Colorado Department of Life Science at the Military Academy in Denver. There he was employed 10 years as a lab technician.

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

English

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Paul E. McMullen, 2015.

Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Repository

Contact:
2401 Welton St.
Denver Colorado 80205