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Manuals and Instructions: Subject Guide

A guide to the government and military manuals and instructions in the USU Archives collections.


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About the Manuals and Instructions in the USU Archives

The USU Archives has a number of U.S. Government and military bulletins, guidebooks, and manuals in its collections, ranging from medical officer reference books to aids for using pack animals. A number of these items have been scanned and can be viewed and downloaded via the Archives online collections, while others can be searched via their collection's finding aid and viewed in person.

Military Medical Manuals Collection

The Military Medical Manuals Collection spans the years 1912-1975 and includes many undated documents. The collection materials include manuals and instructional materials produced by the government to guide military procedures. They relate primarily to medical education within the military and sanitation, but also cover a wide range of medical topics dealt with in the military. The Finding Aid for this collection is linked below. 

The following are a selection of titles from this collection: 

  • The Bluejacket's Manual, United States Navy. 1902
  • Letterman General Hospital: Blood Chemistry for Laboratory Technicians. c 1940

  • Sanitation Instructions. 1942

  • Use of Gasoline Containers for Transportation of Drinking Water. 1943

  • Transportation of the Sick and Wounded. 1945

  • Damage from Atomic Explosion and Design of Protective Structures. 1950

  • Poisonous Fish-like Vertebrates. 1957

  • Lectures in Aerospace Medicine. 1963

  • Aeromedical Reviews: Pharmacology and Toxicology of Propellant Fuels. 1966

U.S. Army Technical Bulletins

The USU Archives has scanned several U.S. Army Technical Bulletins created by the U.S. War Department, from 1956-1957. These materials can be viewed and downloaded from the Archives' online collections. These bulletins deal with medical treatments dealing with diseases and the effects of heat. 

Military Medical History Documents in the USU Archives' Digital Repository

The Military Medical History Documents collection in the USU Archives' Digital Repository features a number of military medical handbooks and guidebooks. The following are a selection of those that have been scanned by the USU Archives. 

Civil War Materials

Military Handbooks

World War II Materials

Radiological Defense Materials

USU Archives Subject Guides