Capps, Arthur V., Papers, 1941-1985 and undated

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Creator: Capps, Harold

Collection #:S 1890.1

Language: English

Biographical Sketch

Arthur V. Capps was born in Tucumcari, Quay County, New Mexico, on April 18, 1915 to his parents Fred and Nettie Capps. He had four siblings. Sisters Nola, Nova, and Annie, and a brother who died as a toddler named Fred. He began work on Wake Island during World War II in fall of 1941 as a civilian contractor. He was captured on Wake Island by the Japanese in December of 1941 and was not released until September 1945 at the end of World War II.

Arthur Capps married Lutie Neal in 1946 and had their son Harold R. Capps who organized and donated this collection. Arthur and Lutie also had a daughter, Nancy, and another son, Joseph.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence mainly between Arthur V. Capps and his family: mother, Nettie Capps; father, Fred Capps, and his sisters and their families. Other correspondence comes from outside of the family, such as military officers and friends, reporting information about Arthur V. Capps’ internment. This collection also includes photos of the family and military documents including honorable discharge documents.

Accruals to the collection in 2022 include personal collections from Lutie Neal Capps’ travel in 1945 including notebooks and brochures, biographical information from Harold R. Capps, and magazines and newspaper clippings collected by Arthur V. Capps after his release from internment.


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Related Material

Dr. Harold R. Capps oral history interview [abstract], June 19, 1997.

Many archival collections related to World War II, prisoners of war, and closely related topics can be found via a search among our finding aids on Texas Archival Resources Online. More oral histories may be found among our oral history abstracts as well as among our oral history transcripts.


Arthur V. Capps Papers, 1941-1985 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s): 2019-0097-B, 2022-0198-B

Gift, 2019, 2022 t

Processing Information

Processed by: Sarah Alexander, 2022

Collection Inventory

Box 1

Correspondence to Arthur Capps after Internment

Letters from Family, Friends, and others to Fred and Nettie Capps concerning Arthur Capps, 1941-1945

Letters from Family to Arthur Capps, 1941-1945

Letters from people who heard about Arthur Capps on shortwave radio, etc.

Lutie Neal Capps Travel, 1945

Newspapers Clippings

Pacific Contractor Letters

Pacific Island Employee's Foundation Letters

The Saturday Evening Post

War Department Letters


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