John R. Winchester Papers
Collection consists of military papers, photographs (copies), newspaper clippings (copies), memoirs of H. Robert Krear, and correspondence regarding Winchester.
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Biographical / Historical
John R. Winchester was born on June 22nd, 1921. He served with the 10th Mountain Division where he attained the rank of 1st Sargent. Winchester was stationed at Camp Hale, Camp Swift, Italy, and Camp Carson. He was assigned to the 86th Infantry Regiment, Company B during combat operations in Italy. Winchester was awarded two Silver Stars for his actions in Sassomolare and S. Benedetto.
After the war Winchester decided to pursue land claims and federal recognition for his tribe, the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. He was an Indian rights activist who lectured at the state and federal levels fighting for higher education for Native Americans. Winchester joined Michigan State University and the Center for Urban Affairs to focus on recruiting Native Americans to the University. He had over fifty native students enrolled on campus at the time of his death in September of 1973. The annual Michigan State University Pow Wow is held in honor of Winchester and the proceeds fund the John R. Winchester Memorial Scholarship Program. Lastly, during his time at Michigan State University he worked with fellow educators to develop the framework for the Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver that became Law in 1976.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Michael T. Winchester; 2018. Gift; Susan Raymond; 2019.
Items are in good condition
- Copies (documents) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Indian soldiers -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Military records Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Michigan and Indiana Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ski troops. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United States. -- Army. -- Infantry Regiment, 86th -- Archival resources.
- United States. -- Army. -- Mountain Division, 10th -- Archival resources
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Indians Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- John R. Winchester Papers
- Keli Schmid
- November 29, 2019
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