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William Harrington, III papers

Call Number: RH MS P846


The William Harrington III papers are those of a long time Kansas resident and former Buffalo Soldier who served in the U.S. Army for 30 years.


  • Creation: 1986 and 1994


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of William Harrington

William Harrington III was born Nov 27, 1894 in Atlanta, Georgia. He entered the U.S. Army in 1913 and, after being sworn in at Ft. Hayes, Ohio, he was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas where he was assigned to the 9th Cavalry Regiment. There he was a member of the 9th Cav. Headquarters and the Mounted Service School (Black); he also reached the position of Sergeant Major. In 1940, Harrington was transferred from the Cavalry to field artillery; he moved to Camp Livingston, Louisiana where he was Sgt. Maj. of the 46th Field Artillery Battalion. He retired Sept. 30, 1943. Harrington went on to work for a Monterrey, California company outfitting Army troop ships for the World War II Pacific theater. In 1965 he returned to Kansas.

William Harrington died March 19, 1994 at Ft. Riley.


4 folders

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Scope and Contents

The William Harrington III papers date from 1986 and consist entirely of photocopied typescripts. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic.

Physical Location

RH MS P846

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, William Harrington, 1988.

Guide to the William Harrington, III Collection
William Harrington, III papers
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
William Harrington III Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS P846, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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