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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.01.0046

460th Heavy Bombardment Group Society papers, 1943-2015

41 boxes
The collection of the 460th Heavy Bombardment Group Society contains a unit history of this B-24 U.S. Army Air Corps Group, 55th Wing, 760th, 761st, 762nd, 763rd Squadrons and Group Headquarters, which served in the Italian Campaign. This collection primarily focuses on the memory of the war and those who served in the 460th. Included is a listing of the airmen who were held as prisoners of war, including their squadrons, positions on the plane (e.g. pilot, gunner), the date, mission, and what country or stalag in which they were held. Also included is a booklet, "Remembering the 460th Bomb Group (H)," which contains photographs, personnel lists, and maps, and was prepared as a gift from Duane and Betty Bohnstedt to their members. There are mission lists, target details, flight records, and crew searches. The collection includes issues of the society's veterans' association magazine, "Black Panther" from mid-1990 to their final issue, December 2005.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.10.0016

Abraham Lifschitz collection, 1942-1946

2.00 boxes
Abraham Lifschitz, a Polish native, served in the US Army from 1942-1945. He served in Europe with the 100th Infantry Division until the end of the war. Collection is 1/2 box of 7 folders containing military service records, wartime publications, a few religious articles, and brief correspondence with his neice, Roberta, who donated this collection. Additionally, Lifschitz's artifacts are housed in the Artifact Collections. They consist of a veteran hat and handkerchief from an unknown relative who served in WWI, as well as Lifschitz's unit patch, cigarette case, marksmanship badge, a bracelet of French francs, his dog tags, and a banner commemorating his unit's history.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.14.0022

Andre Laurensius van Assenderp and Carol Lee Johnson van Assenderp collection, 1927-1945, bulk 1940-1943

5 boxes
This collection consists of mostly Dutch language civil and military administrative documents and military training booklets from André Laurensius van Assenderp's career as a Dutch colonial administrator (1932-1947) and his service as a Dutch Colonial Army (KNIL) reserve-major in the Netherlands Indies Civil Administration (NICA) during and immediately after WWII. Photographs include: official dutch military photos of the Allied Merauke Force at Merauke, New Guinea (1944-1945) and the Allied invasion of Balikapapan, Borneo (July 1945), photos of André, his wife Carol, and their children, photos from the early lives of André and Carol. Artifacts include a Dutch Colonial Army (KNIL) officer's dress uniform with hat and sword, two Japanese military style swords, individual portrait paintings of André L. van Assenderp and Carol van Assenderp, a British pith helmet and other items. The collection also has personal letters from family members in Holland and the US as well as documents from André's teaching career at the Florida State University (1949-1958). Scope and contents written by Tulie Wheeler Taylor January 20, 2020, Tallahassee, Florida
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.09.0054

Apalachicola Tent and Awning Company Records, 1941 - 2009, bulk 1941 - 1942

1 boxes
This collection consists of the business records from the Apalachicola Tent and Awning Company once located in Apalachicola, Florida. The company manufactured pyramidal tents under contract from the United States Army from early 1941 to at least October 1942. The records are unclear as to when the company ceased operations. J.H. Hodges, Sr. owned the building that housed the company from 1935 until 1951. The records reflect a wide range of day to day operations including ordering raw materials, sending and receiving invoices, tracking orders, requests for information, correspondence with the Federal Government including bids, rating certificates and other needs of the Quartermaster Corps. Additionally, the collection includes plans/diagrams for the tents, Department of Labor safety posters and several personnel photographs.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.07.0102

Arnold Busch papers, 1934-1946, bulk 1943-1946

2.00 boxes
This collection includes letters written to Arnold Busch, a basketball coach for Calvary Methodist Church in Lakewood, Ohio, by the students he previously coached. Whether drafted or enlisted, many of the men kept up a correspondence with Busch throughout the war years. This collection also includes Calvary Church newsletters and pamphlets, pamphlets regarding persons registered for service, ration books and other rationing documents, and letters returned to Busch because their recipients were MIA, deceased, or relocated. Also included are photographs of Calvary Church activities on the Homefront, the basketball team, and the Calvary Church's V-J Day service as well as a copy of an article in which the photograph was featured. The letters included in this collection discuss subjects such as classes, training, camp life, and local towns wherever they are posted. Some letters contain some sexually explicit material.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.17.0032

Arthur B. Benson and Claude B. Shook Family papers, 1942-1948, bulk 1944

2 folders
This family collection relates to Technician 4th Grade Sergeants Claude B. Shook, 207th Field Artillery Battalion, and Arthur B. Benson, 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion,  who were brother in laws and both served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the European Theater. Arthur B. Benson was killed in action on August 14, 1944. The collection contains letters, photograph negatives, a unit newsletter, ephemera, and diary.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.19.0022

Audrey Kempfert Gordon papers, 1943-1955

1 folders
This collection relates to Audrey Kempfert Gordon who served as a U.S. Government homefront worker in Florida during World War II. The collection contains one letter written by Gordon to her former employer that provides details of her experiences in Jacksonville, FL during the war and two letters written by the former employee's wife to Gordon.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.00.0608

Barbara Lane Daley papers, 1944-1946, bulk 1944-1446

1.00 boxes
This collection pertains to Barbara Lane Daley who served in the US Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS) from 1944 to 1946. She was stationed at the US Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. The collection contains a photocopy of a scrapbook, photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and various documents including pamphlets, postcards, menus, a restaurant placemat, and certificates. The newspaper clippings in this collection include photocopies as well as the original newspaper clippings of major U.S. events during WWII, such as President Roosevelt's death, the bombing of Pearl Harbor and Japan's surrender. Daley's scrapbook includes photographs of herself, military friends, and other SPARS at the U.S. Coast Guard training station in Palm Beach, Florida.
FSU Special Collections & Archives: MSS 1-19

Barbara Morrison Secretary of State war ballot scrapbook, November 7, 1942

1.00 items
Scrapbook of the Administration of the Official War Ballot in the Office of Secretary of State. A project done by Barbara Morrison, 'intern' in the Office of the Secretary of State. Subject is World War II absentee war ballots. It documents the administration of Public Law 712 (Federal) which provides for absentee voting by service personnel serving away from place of residence.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.18.0024

Barbara W. Makant papers, 1941-1974, bulk 1973-1974

1 boxes
This collection relates to Barbara Makant who was a youth on the homefront during World War II. The collection includes a U.S. Jewish soldier's prayer book, seventeen History of the Second World War series magazines, and three History of the World War, Special series magazines.