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DDO Prisoners of War Collection

Identifier: MS-284


The DDO Prisoner of War Collection was created from materials gathered for the POW exhibit created by Special Collections in the Stewart Library in 2006. It is broken up into two main series, POW Collection and POW Exhibit and OHI.

The POW Collection series were items gathered after the exhibit that deal specifically with the camp. There are correspondence in the form of letters and postcards with a few translations included. There are photographs, an Italy patch, and embossed cigarette case. There are also newsletters which were created by the prisoners. Unser Leben was the German prisoner’s newsletters, and Domini was the Italian Newsletter put together by Guiseppe Baltisi.

The POW Exhibit and OHI contains material collected for the exhibit, this includes photographs, exhibit captions, news articles, oral history interviews and items contained from the interviewees.


  • Creation: 1940 - 2007

Biographical / Historical

The Prisoners of War at Defense Depot Ogden oral history project is the documentation of the lives of the Italian and German prisoners that were held at DDO during World War II. The Ogden Defense Depot, designated as a POW camp on October 11, 1942, was one of the first ten camps in the country. An estimated 5,000 Italian prisoners and approximately 4,000 German prisoners were sent to the facility. The prisoners worked in local warehouses, farms, and orchards. After Italy surrendered in 1943, Italian Service Units were created which allowed the Italians greater freedom than the Germans, including visits to downtown Ogden. The camp closed during the summer of 1946 after the 10,000 prisoners were shipped home.

This project contains interviews from people who had interaction with the Italian and German POWs, including the community of Weber County and POW widows. They discuss the daily lives of the prisoners which includes conditions at the camp, work related issues, and the feelings of the community surrounding the POW camp.


4 Boxes

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Box 1

POW Collection

FD 1 Artifacts- Cigarette Case

FD 2 Correspondence- Letters sent form camp

FD 3 Correspondence- Postcards sent from camp with some translations

FD 4 Microfilm- Population Lists, June 1942-June 1945

FD 5 News Articles


FD 6 Domani, N. 5 9-10- 44

FD 7 Domani, N. 17 15 Genn. 1945

FD 8 Domani, N. 18 1 Feb. 1945

FD 9 Domani, N. 19 5 Feb. 1945

FD 10 Domani, N. 20 1 Mar. 1945

FD 11 Domani, N. 21 15 Mar. 1945

FD 12 Domani, N. 22 1 Aprile 1945

FD 13 Domani, N. 23 15 Aprile 1945

FD 14 Domani, Unknown Date

FD 15 Domani, Miscellaneous

FD 16 Unser Leben, April 1945

FD 17 Unser Leben, Mai 1945

FD 18 Unser Leben, Juli 1945

FD 19 Unser Leben, August 1945

FD 20 Unser Leben, 1 Hälfte Sept. 1945

FD 21 Unser Leben, 2 Hälfte Sept. 1945

FD 22 Unser Leben, Oktober 1945

FD 23 Unser Leben, 2 Ausgabe November 1945

FD 24 Unser Leben, 1 Ausgabe Dezember 1945

Box 2

POW Collection


FD 1 Unser Leben, 2 Ausgabe Dezember 1945

FD 2 Unser Leben, 1 Ausgabe Januar 1946

FD 3 Unser Leben, 2 Ausgabe Januar 1946

FD 4 Photographs

P1 Escorts of WWII Dead

P2 Italian Prisoners

P3-8 World War II Prison Camps, Ogden Internment Camp

P9-10 Two copies of photographs from Boyd L. Rasmussen

FD 5 Miscellaneous- Italy Patch, Musical Show program, Goodbye Card from Italians

POW Exhibit and OHI

FD 6 Exhibit, Audio Visual

FD 7 Exhibit, Captions 1 of 6

FD 8 Exhibit, Captions 2 of 6

FD 9 Exhibit, Captions 3 of 6

Box 3

POW Exhibit and OHI

FD 1 Exhibit, Captions 4 of 6

FD 2 Exhibit, Captions 5 of 6

FD 3 Exhibit, Captions 6 of 6

FD 4 Exhibit, News Articles

FD 5 Exhibit, Notes

FD 6 Exhibit, Opening Photo

FD 7 Exhibit, Photos

Box 4

POW Exhibit and OHI

FD 1 Baker, Mae and Walter

FD 2 Baltisi, Cleone and Guiseppe

FD 3 Busico, Robert

FD 4 Elliott, Bud

FD 5 Fallows, Madelon Besso

FD 6 Fernelius Carl

FD 7 Giordano, Beth and Guisseppe

FD 8 Gillman, Glade and Dean

FD 9 Grant, Bergetta and Benjamin

FD 10 Kososik, Eleanor and Erich

FD 11 Larsson, Gary

FD 12 Lawler, Gene and Allie

FD 13 McFarland, Charles

FD 14 Meacham, Jack

FD 15 Nebeker, Lucille

FD 16 Painter, Eleanor

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Repository Details

Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

3921 Central Campus Drive Dept 2901
Ogden UT 84408