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Geographers in the U.S. Government in Washington, DC, during World War II

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Geographers in Washington, DC, during World War II and the agencies in which they worked are recalled through the naming of geographers engaged in wartime work during this seminal period in the development of the geography profession in the United States. The five agencies then employing the largest number of geographers were the Research and Analysis Branch of the Office of Strategic Services, the Topographic Branch of the Military Intelligence Division of the War Department, the Board of Economic Warfare (later the Foreign Economic Administration), the Board on Geographic Names, and the Office of the Geographer, Department of State. The impacts of this period on individual geographers, the professional organization of geographers, cartography, higher education, and the government are suggested.

Keywords: geographers in Washington, DC, in World War II; geographical organizations; history of geography; wartime work by geographers

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Chicago

Publication date: May 1, 1997

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