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This collection is primarily composed of aerial reconnaissance photographs of ballistic missile bases taken during and immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis in October and November, 1962. These photographs feature extensive captions and labels that became part of the report, ““Cuba Know, Yankee See! A Picture Story with an Object Lesson: Castro had his 10,000 words, but we got the picture.” and was used as part of a Department of Defense Special Cuba Briefing by Robert S. McNamara in February 1963. Other less significant portions of the collection include constructions reports on the Thule Air Base in Thule, Greenland (the United States Armed Forces’ northernmost installation) and a World War II era handbook on China, including language lessons focusing on military vocabulary and culture, and a press photo from NASA in 1965.

To view materials from this collection that are digitized and available online, search the James R. Shephard Papers, 1942-1965 here.


Special collections material is obtained from many sources and is intended primarily for research and educational purposes. Certain works may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not governed by the department. It is up to the researcher to verify that they have permission to use these materials for publication or other activities.

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For more information or to use any of these collections, contact:
Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
(304) 696-2343


Span Date: 1942-1965