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Paul Overall WWII Collection

Identifier: A-0226

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the photographs taken by Overall from the liberation of a World War II concentration camp and his honorable discharge certificate.


  • 1946
  • Event: Donated 9/21/1992


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Paul Harrell Overall was born in the Nat community in Nacogdoches County, Texas on July 14, 1921. He was the son of Arthur and Flonnie Mullins Overall. After being inducted into the Army on Oct. 14, 1943 he participated in battles and campaigns in Northern France, Rhineland, and Central Europe serving with the 385th Field Artillery Battallion, 104th (Timberwolf) Division. He was discharged from the Army on January 15, 1946. Overall worked for the Brown and Root Company in Houston for twenty one years, before he and his wife Nathalee retired to the Cushing community in Nacogdoches, County. He died March 28, 1990. Overall received the American Theater Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal and the Purple Heart. He was wounded during the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign in November of 1944. While in the army he took photos depicting the liberation of a World War II concentration camp. Visible in the photographs are rows of dead prisoners who were starved and tortured by Nazi soldiers. American GIs are seen surveying the scene following the liberation of the camp. Civilian men and women are also seen in the photos, possibly looking for family members among the dead. Overall stipulated in his will that these photos be cared for by somone who would see that they were never destroyed or forgotten. The executor of his estate decided to give the photos to VFW Post 3893 in Nacogdoches. Members of that organization later made the decision to give the photos to the East Texas Research Center where students, faculty, and any interested members of the public would have access to them.


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This collection consists of twelve items described in three folders. The discharge certificate is organized in one folder and housed with another collection (A-0227) in a clamshell box. The photographs are organized in two folders and housed with other photographs in a banker's box.

At one point the collection was much larger (25 folders housed in two clamshell boxes). Overall served in Europe, but the other 24 folders were about the China-Burma-India theater of the war. These materials should have been processed as part of the Robert Fagelson Collection (A-0247). The mistake was noticed in January 2019 and fixed. For cross-referencing by researchers that might have cited this collection , here are the changes in location:

Box 1, Folders 2-8 are now A-0247, Box 1, Folders 57-63.

Box 1, Folder 9 is now A-0247, Box 2, Folder 14a.

Box 1, Folder 10 is now A-0247, Box 2, Folder 1a.

Box 1, Folder 11 is now A-0247, Box 2, Folders 7b, 13, 14b.

Box 1, Folders 12-16 are now A-0247, Box 2, Folders 14c-16.

Box 1, Folder 17 (Registration and Envelopes) is MISSING.

Box 2, Folders 1-8 are now A-0247, Box 1, Folders 43-46b.

Separated Materials

The concentration camp photographs were transferred to the ETRC Photograph Collection when the collection was processed. To see these images, request see folders P96Q:1-6 and P96Q:7-11.

Guide to the Paul Overall World War II Collection
Linda Reynolds
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository