Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs, DeGolyer Library

Melvin C. Shaffer Collection

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Shaffer's Personal Accounts


The Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs and images depict the indigenous populations and local conditions of North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany from the years 1943 to 1945. Included are 19 images of Mt. Vesuvius that depict the volcano before, during and after its eruption in 1944.

The photographs in this web site are from Southern Methodist University’s Melvin C. Shaffer collection. The images are held by Central University Libraries'  DeGolyer Library.

DeGolyer Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU's Central University Libraries special collections.

Read more: Shaffer's Personal Account

Read more about Melvin C. Shaffer and this project in his autobiography. Read his personal, and often harrowing, account of his travels in North Africa, Italy/Southern France, and Germany.

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About the Collection

Holdings and Highlights

Digital Collections Guidelines and Procedures

Items in Central University Library Digital Collections are digitized following the SMU Central University Libraries Digitization Guidelines and Procedures. Digital collections are created under the guidelines of the SMU CONTENTdm Guide: Framework for Building a Collection, or through specialized metadata profiles tailored for the collection.

Related World War II Collections

Cassino (Italy) by Frank J. Davis

SMU has published two other digital collections of World War II materials: Historic Government Publications from World War II and the Frank J. Davis War II Photographs.

The Historic Government Publications collection contains reports, propaganda, and other materials distributed by the U.S. Government Printing Office during the Second World War.

Frank J. Davis’ frontline photographs and images portray life during World War II, including images from Washington, DC, Italy, France, and Saipan.


The files in this collection are protected by copyright law. No commercial reproduction or distribution of these files is permitted without the written permission of DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University. These files may be freely used for educational purposes, provided they are not altered in any way, and DeGolyer Library, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University is cited. A high-quality version of these files may be obtained for a fee by contacting

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