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William R. Lueders collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 05.0070

Scope and Contents

The collection of William R. Lueders contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. Lueders served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a cameraman in the 163rd Signal Photo Company in the North African, Mediterranean, and European (ETO) Theaters. The collection also includes two photographs of an unnamed concentration camp in France and a Veteran's questionnaire.


  • Created: 1933-1946
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1941
  • Other: Date acquired: 04/12/2005


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

William R. Lueders was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 20, 1915. He graduated from high school in 1933, and the "Great Depression" kept him from going to college. He worked for a German motion picture laboratory prior to World War II. He was drafted into the US Army in 1941.

After Officers' Candidate School at Fort Monmouth, NJ, Lueders became an officer with the rank of Second Lieutenant.  Lueders underwent Signal Corps training and worked in the Training Film Production Laboratory at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. He first landed in North Africa on his way to Italy. His company recorded film coverage of the Fifth Army entering Rome, Italy which he details in the oral history interview. He explains a photographer’s typical operation. Lueders describes how some of the men played American jazz music in their free time. His company joined the Seventh Army in southern France. He was in Austria when the war in Europe ended. He returned to the US in November 1945, but he was not officially separated until January 1946.  Lueders passed away on Feburary 16, 2015.


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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Source of Acquisition

William R Lueders

Method of Acquisition


William R. Lueders collection
Craig Whittington
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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