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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience

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Tallahassee, FL 32306, USA
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience

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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.08.0158

Charlotte D. Mansfield collection, 1915-2017, bulk 1942-1957

13 boxes
Charlotte Mansfield enlisted in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (W.A.A.C.) in 1942 to pursue work in photograph processing for the military. She was part of the first all-women graduating class from Lowry Field Photo School in Colorado, where she was trained to be a photo technician that developed primarily aerial shots in photography labs. Mansfield was stationed at various locations throughout the United States before being transferred to lab work overseas in England and Germany. By this time, W.A.A.C. had transitioned to Women's Army Corps (W.A.C.). Throughout her military service, Mansfield took numerous personal photographs that featured her friends and surroundings. They provide an unparalleled amount of insight into the private lives of W.A.C.s as they negotiated what it meant to serve in World War II. Mansfield reenlisted after the war, eventually becoming part of the Women in the Air Force (W.A.F.), and retired in 1973. Photography remained her passion until her death in 2007.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.03.0176

Herman Stern papers, 1943-1948

1 folders
This collection relates to Herman Stern who served in the U.S. Army with the 165th Engineer Combat Battalion in the European Theater. The collection contains a timeline of Stern's life, focusing on his World War II service, and also contains a manuscript about Stern's battalion entitled, "Is This It?: A History of the 165th Engineer Combat Battalion in World War II," by Richard Ross Rebert. The manuscript details the 165th's induction, training, and combat deployment in France and Germany from 1943 to 1945.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.02.0409

Hy Wakstein papers, 1943-1946

1 folders
Hy Wakstein was a Jewish American serviceman who reached the rank of Staff Sergeant with the 778th Anti-Aircraft-Automatic Weapons Battalion, Self Propelled, (served 1943-46) and discusses his experiences as an Army communications officer in the European theater of World War II in this oral history transcript. Wakstein participated in the Battle of the Bulge, and his division advanced further east into Germany than any other American division.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.04.0094

Melvin Rackleff collection, 1912-2005, bulk 1944-1946

5.00 boxes
This collection is composed of the personal possessions of Capt. Melvin M. Rackleff, as they relate to the Second World War and subsequent postwar occupation of Germany as a U.S. Army doctor. Included in this collection are letters written to his wife, Hazel Rackleff, during and immediately following the war. Other ephemera from Rackleff's time overseas is included. Additionally, several books, many from his time during the occupation of Germany, are included. Four maps from the immediate post-war period show the division of Germany and town layouts. One box contains several photograph albums that originally belonged to a German family.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.99.0668

Robert H. Cardinell papers, 1945-1988

1 folders
Second Lieutenant Robert H. Cardinell served with the 65th Infantry Division in Europe during the latter part of the Second World War and the occupation forces afterward. The collection includes two manuscripts. One is entitled "65th Infantry Division." The other is titled "Battle of Struth-Roscus at Dorna." The manuscript contains recollections of the Struth-Dorna battles fought on 7 April 1945. It also contains an account and photos of a return visit to Dorna in 1988 by several members of the division. Also, the manuscript gives an account of the battles by a German participant.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.98.0427

Rolande R. Faucon collection, 1939-1954, bulk 1940

2.00 items
Rolande R. Faucon was a teenage citizen of France when the Germans invaded her town. She describes her music training, the presence of British and American military in her town, watching bombs fall from the sky and families identifying bombing victims, watching train cattle cars transporting people through her town. She also provides descriptions of the three paintings that she donated to the Institute. Documents in the collection include 2 photographs, a press clipping about Rolande's artwork, and descriptions about war-related paintings done in Albuquerque, NM.
Institute on WWII and the Human Experience: 02.01.0438

Tom L. Gibson papers, 1924-1947, bulk 1944

1.00 folders
The collection of Tom L. Gibson contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History.  Gibson served during World War II with the 101st Airborne Division in Europe as a Second Lieutenant and participated in Holland during Operation Market Garden.