Russell P. Hartle Collection (Western Maryland Room)
The manuscript and photograph collection from the papers of Russell P. Hartle is available in the Western Maryland Room for scholarly research only. The researcher must supply a letter of recommendation documenting the nature of the project being researched and the credentials of the researcher. Please contact the Western Maryland Room at the Washington County Free Library at 301-791-5169 for details. What is available here online is a small portion of Hartle's papers.
Most of the photos were taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Some materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Anyone intending to use these images must be aware that they may be subject to copyright fees and other legal restrictions imposed by parties outside of the Washington County Free Library or the Western Maryland Regional Library.
Major General Hartle’s personal correspondence and pictures from 1939 through 1961 were given to the Washington County Free Library in 1969 by his widow, Lucille. The collection has been cataloged for use by researchers in the Western Maryland Room.
These papers cover primarily General Hartle’s service during World War II and include letters to and from Hartle, photographs, news clippings, awards, ephemera, publications and objects. The correspondence covers three periods. Some correspondence covers his assignment in Puerto Rico fortifying and training for a possible German invasion of the east coast of the U. S. A small collection of letters covers the aftermath of World War II and Hartle’s retirement. The bulk of the collection comprises correspondence from his postings to Puerto Rico, Louisiana, Northern Ireland, England and Texas, and all of the military campaigns and protocols. The correspondence gives a unique insight into camaraderie among military families, accounts from friends whose children were serving in Europe, North Africa and elsewhere, and the Washington County home front. Photographs cover his early years in the military and various training operations he was involved with during WWII and inspection tours both in England and Texas. Included are photographs from the visit of the King and Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the American troops stationed in Northern Ireland in 1942.
Prominent correspondents include:
* General Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) -- commander of the Allied Forces landing in North Africa in November 1942; he was Supreme Commander of the troops invading France on D-Day 1944.
* General George C. Marshall (1880-1959) -- Army chief of staff from 1939 to 1945.
* James Hamilton, 3rd Duke of Abercorn (1869-1953) -- Governor of Northern Ireland
* Sir Basil Brooke (1888-1973)-- Minister of Commerce and later Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, 1943.
* General Lesley James McNair (1883-1944) -- Commanding general of the U.S. Army ground forces, 1942.
* General Sir Harold E. Franklyn (1885-1963) -- Commander of British Troops in Northern Ireland.
* Major William Orlando Darby (1911-1945) -- Aide de camp to Hartle and recommended by him to head the new U.S. Ranger unit.
* John G. Winant (1889-1947)-- U. S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James, 1941-1946
Local correspondents include:
* William Preston Lane (1892-1967) -- Governor of Maryland 1947-1951.
* J. Vincent Jamison (1885-1954) -- Co-founder of Jamison Cold Storage Door Company in Hagerstown, MD.
Hartle Family members:
* Robert L. Hartle (brother)
* Robert L. Hartle, Jr. (nephew)
* John H. Hartle
* Rexford B. Hartle
* Janice Hoover Lallande (niece)
Western Maryland Room, Washington County Free Library
United States. Army, Biography; World War, 1939-1945, United States; Hartle, Russell P.