July/August update on the William D. Workman Jr. Papers Photographs

Good news! We have completed scanning all the images in the Workman Photograph collection, some 2,335 prints and negatives, give or take a few duplicates. We are eager to start uploading content so that the public may begin exploring all they have to offer. I mentioned in the last update that we were hoping to release new materials sometime mid-July. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone uploading. Digital Collections is currently in the process of switching from locally hosting the CONTENTdm client server to hosting at an offsite location. For those who do not know, CONTENTdm is the software we use to manage all of the digital collections the public views online. Do not be alarmed; the switch will not affect what is seen by the public on the collection’s website, only the information handled on the back end by staff.


“A soldier jumps over barbed wire with the aid of his teammate as part of a training exercise in Hawaii, 1945.”

Collection Highlights: 

The meantime, to give you a taste of what is to come, below are some images from the section titled ‘Pacific,’ which features a series of photos taken by Workman documenting the U.S. military training practices and life on base in Hawaii as well as out at sea in the Pacific during the Second World War. One unique snapshot highlighted below is an image taken below deck on one of the naval vessels. My favorite is the photo of the sailors sunbathing on the ship deck. You can read more about Workman’s military career here.



“Soldiers running across a bridge suspended over water as part of training exercise in Hawaii, 1945”


“Sailors gather on ship deck as they pull away from harbor and out to sea. Other navy ships can be seen in the distance, Hawaii, 1945.”

“A view from below deck of a nearby navy ship, Pacific, 1945.”

“A sailor caught checking the seas, Pacific, 1945.”

“A group of sailors sunbathing on the ship deck while out at sea, Pacific, 1945.”



Post and highlight selection by Chauna Carr 

Reprocessing and digitization of the William D. Workman, Jr. Papers photographs has been made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission. 

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