Ernest Nason Harmon Records, 1912-1992 (21 Boxes)
©2012 Norwich University Archives
About Ernest N. Harmon, President of Norwich University, 1950-1965
Ernest Harmon was a graduate of Bradford (VT) Academy. He attended Norwich University for one year before being appointed to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, from which he graduated in 1917. His military career spanned two world wars. As a young lieutenant, he commanded F Troop, 2nd Cavalry, A.E.F., in World War I. He commanded the 2nd Armored Division, “Hell on Wheels,” in Africa and France, and the 1st Armored Division in Italy during World War II. After the war, Harmon organized and commanded the U.S. Constabulary, the function of which was to restore law and order to war-torn Germany. Upon his retirement from the army, Ernest Harmon began a new career as president of Norwich University, 1950-1965, during the period of its greatest expansion. Please see the biographical files in Box 2 and the files of articles about E.N. Harmon in Box 18 for further biographical information.
About the Collection
This collection consists primarily of files created and accrued by Ernest Harmon during his tenure as president of Norwich University, 1950-1965. Photographs, photograph albums and scrapbooks (Boxes 19-21) document some of his wartime experiences, 1942-1948. Memoirs, certificates, commissions, and biographical articles are the only other records in the collection that are related to General Harmon’s military career. Both Harmon’s activities as university president and his interactions with the university community, including faculty/staff, alumni, various departments, and the board of trustees, are documented in the collection. An alphabetical content listing of files can be found below.
When searching for information on specific campus buildings it may be helpful to look at files for both “Buildings and grounds” and “Fund raising.” Likewise, if searching for faculty/staff correspondence, it may be useful to check files under both “Faculty/staff” and under “Correspondence.”
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these terms in the library catalog:
- Harmon, Ernest Nason, — 1894-1979 — Archives.
- Norwich University — History — 20th century.
- Norwich University. — President (1950-1965 : Harmon).
- World War, 1939-1945 — Personal narratives.
You can also browse for finding aids to the papers of other Norwich University presidents using the President category or for information about other alumni or member’s of Ernest Harmon’s class using the Alumni and Class of 1916 categories.
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