Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library

Camp Fannin, Texas
Detail from Camp Fannin 50th Anniversary Reunion Poster 1993
Scene from UTHSCT mural depicting Camp Fannin Station Hospital, by Larry Kitchens.
The mural is on display in UTHSCT's Center for Biomedical Research.
The campus of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler is located on the former grounds of the Station Hospital of Camp Fannin, an Infantry Replacement Training Center opened by the Army in 1943. In addition to operating as a training base, Camp Fannin was home to a prisoner of war camp housing mainly German prisoners captured in the North African campaign of World War II. The Camp was subsequently closed, with various parts of the 14,000-acre facility reverting to private property or to the State of Texas as a tuberculosis sanatorium. Hence the Station Hospital area's development as the East Texas State Tuberculosis Sanatorium (sometimes referred to as the East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium), East Texas Tuberculosis Hospital, East Texas Chest Hospital, the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler.

A list of Library resources is as follows::

Books:

  • Nazis in the Pineywoods, Mark Choate, Lufkin, TX, Best of East Texas Publishers, 1989
  • Camp Fannin, Texas ... A 50 Year Perspective, Gordon J. Neilsen for the Camp Fannin Association, Tyler, TX, Tyler Press, 1993
  • The Lone Star and the Swastika: Prisoners of War in Texas, Richard P. Walker, Austin, TX, Eakin Press, 2001
  • Findings: Ordnance and Explosive Waste Archives Search Report for Camp Fannin, Tyler, Texas, September 1994 (includes: photocopies of pictures of some existing sites of ordnance damage; some locational information; maps and surveys; and descriptions of the types of weapons and ordnance in use at Camp Fannin)
  • Replacement & School Command, Historical Section, Army Ground Forces, 1946
  • Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center: Camp Fannin, Texas & Camp Robinson, Arkansas: The Story of Training in Photographs (located in Original Documents folder)
  • Handbook of Information, Branch Immaterial Replacement Training Center, Camp Fannin, Texas, 1943 (located in Original Documents folder; also at http://www.campfannin.com/Publications/Handbook/handbook.htm)
  • Your Guide to Camp Fannin (driving tour guide using existing roads)

Archives:
  • History & Memoirs
  • Maps & Guides (includes driving tour of Camp Fannin on existing roads)
  • News, Reunions & Veterans
  • Ordnance & Artifacts
  • Original Documents
  • Pictures (buildings and a few personnel)
  • AV Archives (includes video of M-3 Lee tanks found at Camp Fannin in 1987 and lost in 1991, plus film clips of Camp Fannin personnel during WW II)
Related Materials:
  • An Oriental View of American Civilization (book from Camp Fannin Station Hospital Library)
  • Medical Department Soldier's Handbook, War Department Technical Manual TM 8-220, March 5, 1941 (used at Camp Fannin)
Web Sites: Other Resources
  • Camp Fannin Association, P. O. Box 132024, Tyler, TX 75713, 903-533-9232
  • Camp Fannin display (located across from the Library on 3rd floor of UT Health Northeast Academic Center)
  • Camp Fannin - A Trainee's Memoir, by Elmer T. Horne.
  •     Located in World War II Collection MS-2012, Folder 48.
        University Archives and Special Collections
        Hoskins Library
        The University of Tennessee
        Cumberland Ave. at 15th St.
        Knoxville, TN 37996-4000
        Phone: (423)974-4480
        Fax: (423)974-0560
        E-mail: special @aztec.lib.utk.edu
  • Board of Control, RG 303, AC 1991/16, 1916-1979 (bulk 1935-1953), 83.05 cubic feet.
  • Records transferred from the Texas State Purchasing and General Services Commission to the State Archives Oct. 10, 1990.
    Box 1991/16-62, Camp Fannin-East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium
        Camp Fannin, 1947
        East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1948-1949
        Camp Fannin, cold storage plant, 1947-1948
    Box 1991/16-63, Camp Fannin-East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium
        Camp Fannin, interim period, 1947-1948
        Camp Fannin, inventory, 1949
        Camp Fannin, 1947
        Camp Fannin deed, signed copy, 1948 and plat maps
        Camp Fannin, 1948 (plat maps)
        East Texas Tuberculosis Sanatorium, 1949
  • Camp Fannin Files, Tyler Public Library
  • Smith County Historical Society Museum
Many thanks to those who have provided resources for the Camp Fannin Archives, including:
  • John Anderson, Camp Fannin Association
  • Dale Hawbaker
  • Elmer T. Horne, Jr., Camp Fannin Association
  • Archie P. McDonald, Stephen F. Austin State University and East Texas Historical Association
  • Office of Institutional Advancement, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
  • Texas Monthly magazine
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


Watson W. Wise Medical Research Library
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler
11937 US Highway 271
Tyler, TX 75708-3154

Phone: (903)877-2865
Fax: (903)877-8839 

Last update: September 12, 2014
Questions/comments to: library@uthct.edu