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This blog showcases treasures of the SHSU Special Collections, Digital Collections, and University Archives at Sam Houston State University. We will provide a peek into the wonderful materials in our holdings as well as useful finding aids to collections from SHSU Special Collections and SHSU Archives.

About the Authors

James Williamson
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James Williamson is the Digital Resources Librarian at Sam Houston State University. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University with two degrees. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2009 and a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. He currently lives in Huntsville with his wife Felicia Williamson, Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston. He enjoys the works of famed author Richard Castle, playing ice hockey, and cheering on the bad guys in professional wrestling.

Felicia Williamson
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Felicia Williamson is the Special Collections Librarian at Sam Houston State University. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BA in History and German in 2003 and of Louisiana State University with a Masters of Library and Information Science in 2011. She currently resides in Huntsville, TX with her husband James Williamson. She enjoys historical dramas, throwing lavish theme parties, and the accordion.

Barbara Kievit-Mason

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Barbara has worked for the Newton Gresham Library for 20 years, 18 of those years as the University Archivist/Library Associate. Barbara is a graduate of Amarillo College, member of the National Scholars Honor Society and  2005 SHSU Sammy Award winner.  Her current hobbies include genealogy, reading, and Words with Friends.

Recent Posts

1943 Library Stamp, POWS, and SHSU’s Country Campus

#TBT – In recent months the Newton Gresham Library has started to weed through the collection of books in the library.

This 1943 library stamp found in a book called, Stories for Men an Anthology by Charles Grayson, 1925, played an important part in the history of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, and Walker County.

The seventy-four year old library stamp was used to identify books that were from the library of the Station House Hospital in the Enemy Alien Internment Camp, Huntsville, Texas. Commonly known as the Huntsville Alien Internment Camp or the Huntsville Prisoner of War Camp. Built in 1942 the camp held German POWs and later on Japanese prisoners of war. POWs and servicemen who were there were allowed to borrow books from the library while they were in the hospital.

In 1946, the camp was closed and then SHSU President Dr. Harmon Lowman acquired the camp, later reopening it to house returning veterans who would receive the G.I. Education Bill that enabled them to go to college or vocational school. Renamed, “Country Campus,” in 1946 the camp became a small city and housed classes for the Josey Vocational School. The “CC” had its own post office, church, baseball diamond, and food facilities.

The University owned the, “Country Campus,” until 1993. Country Campus was than purchased by a SHSU alumnus whose family was one of the original landowners who sold the land for the internment camp to the US government in 1942. A small plot of land donated by this same family to SHSU holds the university’s observatory used by students to observe the stars and night sky events. #SHSULibrary

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