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Special Collections: Guide to the Francis R. Fuller Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
March 2008

Collection title: Francis R. Fuller Papers
Collection number: MS 194
Dates of collection: 1918-1949
Size of collection: 1 box
Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Martha Fuller
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval


Francis Ruel Fuller was born in 1890 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, the son of Frank B. and Cordelia Newman Fuller. After a year of study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he won nomination to the United States Military Academy, graduating in 1913. After serving on Governor’s Island and in the Panama Canal Zone, he became a member of the American Expeditionary Force to France and served with the 10th Machine Gun Battalion, 4th Infantry Division during World War I. Between the wars he was a researcher in the field of weaponry and served as director of the Department of Experiment for the U.S. Army Infantry School from 1935 to 1939. He was also an assistant professor of military science and tactics at the University of Idaho from 1925 to 1930 and came to the University of Maine in 1941 serving as commander of the University of Maine R.O.T.C. During World War II, he served as chief of the Infantry Branch Development Division and with the Sixth Army Group headquarters, preparing the official history of the Sixth Army Group. After the war, he returned to the University of Maine as professor of military science and tactics. Francis R. Fuller died on October 10, 1966.

Scope and Content Note

The collection is arranged in chronological order and contains correspondence, photographs, lectures and speeches of Francis R. Fuller during his career as a member of the military as well as a professor of military science and tactics. It also contains a manuscript copy with photographs of a history he wrote about the Sixth Army Group in 1945. Various military instruction books, pamphlets, regulations, etc. are also found in the collection.

Contents of Boxes

Box 1


1          Letters, 1918
2          Correspondence, 4th Division, orders, citations, etc., 1918
3          Overseas service: notes, diary, 1918-1919
4          Memo re burial of 5 soldiers, 1919
5          4th Division history, 1919
6          History of 10th Machine Gun Bttn., 1918-1923
7          Photograph: Co. A, 10th Machine Gun Bn., 4th Div., Brohl, Germany, July 2, 1919
8          Photograph: Co. B, 10th Machine Gun Bn., 4th Div., Brohl, Germany, July 2, 1919
9          Photographs: military vehicles, machine gun practice, World War I?
10        Forms, letters, orders, 1920’s
11        Personal orders, 1920’s-1930’s
12        Musketry instruction book, Fort Benning, Ga., 1922-1923
13        Course work by Fuller for Advanced Officers Class, 1922-1923
14        Photograph: Class, 1924-25, G.S.S.
15        Speech: Army in peace, Moscow, Idaho, 1925-26
16        Post regulations, Fort McPherson, Ga., 1933
17        Lectures, 1934-35, at Army War College, Fort Humphreys, D.C.
18        Lectures cont.
19        Field exercise, June 1935, Fort Humphreys
20        Letters, 1931, 1939, 1940 plus photo of tank crossing stream
21        History, 6th Army Group, 1945
22-31    Manuscript for “History of the Headquarters Sixth Army Group”
32        War problem, Fort Benning, undated
33        War College problem, undated
34        Topographic map and aerial photographs of Monterey Bay, Calif., undated
35        History, 12th Machine Gun Battalion
36        Ivy-Leaves, 1919-1920
37        Army pamphlets, 1918-1919, 1934
38        The Taps, Aug. 15, 1919
39-40    War maps, undated
40        Time Magazine cover, Aug. 1, 1949

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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