William Henry Barrington Papers, 1921-1965 (1 Box)
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About William H. Barrington
Originally from Greensboro, VT, William Barrington was an outstanding varsity track athlete, capturing first place in the mile and half-mile in the 1924 Vermont state championship and earning first in the mile and second in the half-mile in the 1924 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association meet. He captained the 1925 Norwich University track team and served as a captain in the corps of cadets as well. For many years, he served in the Vermont and, later, Massachusetts State Guard. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and served in the Reserves until 1957. During the war, Barrington primarily served in training and technical service functions in the United States. Following the war, he held a variety of management positions in the automotive business before retiring as general manager of Carparts Inc. of Springfield, MA. He was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Holyoke, MA. He married Mary Henderson and the couple had two sons, David Barrington (class of 1959) and Donald Barrington (class of 1965), both of whom attended Norwich University. The control file included with the collection contains additional biographical information on William Barrington.
About the Collection
The collection consists of 9 files of photographs, 1921-1925 and 1955-1965, most of which pertain to Norwich University parades and formations, rook week and student life during William, David, and Donald Barrington’s tenures at Norwich. There are also a limited number of oversize photographs, including one panoramic group portrait of the NU Corps of Cadets in 1924. Additionally, photographs documenting William Barrington’s post-Norwich military career, including two rolled, panoramic group photographs, are included in the collection. There are also papers, 1921-1925, 1933, 1940-1948, and 1951-1957, the majority of which pertain to Barrington’s post-Norwich military career during World War II (in the United States) and in the Reserves. Both the 68th Army Air Force Training Detachment at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, and William Barrington’s time at Officer Training School is well represented in Barrington’s papers from 1942 to 1944. Personal notebooks and training manuals from the early 1940s are included as well as ephemera and diagrams and drawings (OSD2.2), possibly related to geometry, completed during his time as a Norwich student.
You can also browse for finding aids to the papers of other Norwich University alumni or other members of William Barrington’s class using the Alumni and Class of 1925 categories.
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