The Resource Yuma Proving Ground collection, (manuscript)

Yuma Proving Ground collection, (manuscript)

Label
Yuma Proving Ground collection, 1943-2012
Title
Yuma Proving Ground collection
Inclusive dates
1943-2012
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This collection is an eclectic mix of materials donated by individuals associated with the Proving Grounds, and records copied from the National Archives. Topics include automotive testing detailing vehicle tests as well as the test drivers, quality control documents outlining testing procedures and methods, personnel papers, meeting minutes, and test reports. There is also archeological information about areas within the Proving Grounds, as well as information about the Hackworth monument, an ornate paint storage shed built by volunteer Italian Prisoner of War troops. Included are newspaper clippings, videos, and a scrapbook with memorabilia. Photographs, in both black and white and color, cover a large time frame from the first tests run by the army during WWII up to circa 1985. There are a number of photos from the Yuma Test Station, the precursor of the Yuma Proving grounds, which date from the 1950s to the early 1960s. There are also several transparencies. Also present are issues of The Sidewinder and The Outpost, newspapers produced by the Yuma Proving Ground, as well as photocopied blueprints of the grounds
Note
Related material: Yuma Proving Ground Oral History Project, in the Oral History Collection.
Biographical or historical data
Yuma Proving Ground is a military testing area for new technologies. It began in 1943 as the Special Bridge Test Section to assist in the development of floating bridges by testing them in the swiftly flowing Colorado River. The bridge tests were also used to train engineering troops in using the finalized bridges in the European theatre of WWII. In 1944, due to lack of man power, the testing was carried out by volunteer Italian Prisoner of War troops. Near the end of the war testing was also done on placing roads across rice paddies in preparation for invading Japan. After the war ended it was decided to place a permanent test section, called the Yuma Test Branch, in the area with the intent of testing army equipment against desert conditions. The test section would also continue various river testing activities. However in 1949, damage to the Gila sluice basin brought a halt to the major tests in the area. Repairs were planned but were delayed for various reasons, and in October, 1949 the Yuma Test Branch was shut down. In 1951 the Army decided to create another testing area in Yuma and created the Yuma Test Station. The station was used by a variety of different Army branches for testing including the Ordnance, Signal, Quartermaster and Chemical Divisions. In 1963 the station underwent a major reorganization and was renamed the Yuma Proving Grounds. Since then it has been a test area for many technologies in use by both the military and civilian companies, including a number of technologies used in space exploration.
Cataloging source
ZP3
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  • United States
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Military education
  • Yuma Proving Ground (Ariz.)
Label
Yuma Proving Ground collection, (manuscript)
Instantiates
Note
Processed by John Irwin and Benjamin Findley, 2014
Control code
40379
Extent
  • 10
  • (11
Organization method
This collection is organized into nine series: Series I - Documents; Series II - General; Series III - Historical Preservation; Series IV - Newspaper Articles; Series V - Personnel; Series VI - Photographs; Series VII - Publications; Series VIII - Videos; Series IX - Oversize.
Type of unit
  • linear ft.
  • boxes)
Label
Yuma Proving Ground collection, (manuscript)
Note
Processed by John Irwin and Benjamin Findley, 2014
Control code
40379
Extent
  • 10
  • (11
Organization method
This collection is organized into nine series: Series I - Documents; Series II - General; Series III - Historical Preservation; Series IV - Newspaper Articles; Series V - Personnel; Series VI - Photographs; Series VII - Publications; Series VIII - Videos; Series IX - Oversize.
Type of unit
  • linear ft.
  • boxes)

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