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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience

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Institute on WWII and the Human Experience

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Collection ID: 02.0073
William J. Arlet collection, 1933-1945
William J. Arlet served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. This collection includes photographs and documents related to William J. Arlet. This collection also includes captured Japanese photographs, which were acquired in 1943 on Guadacanal, Solomon Islands from a United States Marine who was about to deploy to his next assignment.
Collection ID: 02.98.0708
George Langford collection, 1941-2003, bulk 1941-1954
This collection contains seven boxes pertaining to George, Daniel, and William Langford's experiences during World War II and life post-war. The papers include personal documents, military documents, photographs, paintings, newspaper articles, pamphlets, magazines, foreign money, and most prolifically, letters. Also included in George Langford's collection is a full box of artifacts pertaining to his war-time experience.
Collection ID: 02.97.0064
Evelyn King papers, 1908-2014
This collection pertains to Evelyn King who served as a U.S.O. hostess during World War II. The collection contains letters, postcards, V-mail, and greeting cards. The collection also contains newspaper and magazine clippings, various booklets and pamphlets, numerous lifestyle magazines, Navy and Army uniform buttons, and prints.
Collection ID: 02.14.0020
J. Charles "Charlie" Christensen collection, 1925-1989
This collection is related to J. Charles "Charlie" Christensen (Staff Sergeant) who served in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater with Company B, 1st Battalion, 337th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division. The collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, documents, and letters.
Collection ID: 02.17.0021
Laurence H. Sylvester papers, 1945-1962
This collection relates to Staff Sergeant Laurence H. Sylvester who served with the 2nd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (Medium) in India and China during World War II.  The collection contains letters, newspaper clippings, and identification cards.
Collection ID: 02.17.0022
Taylor G. Burke, Jr. collection, 1943-1945
This collection is centered around a U.S. Army Air Corps pilot in the 35th Squadron of the 64th Troop Carrier Group. He was involved in the European- African- Middle Eastern campaign in Rome, Italy and Operation Dragoon in Southern France. This collection contains special orders, yearbooks, certifications of flight training, letters between the pilot and his family and friends, photos from Italy, France, and Puerto Rico, portraits in uniform, pamphlet for soldiers describing the famous monuments and history of Rome, Italian theatre programs, flight logs, checks, manuals, and charts, an original personnel file, various pins and medals, and maps of the Mediterranean theatre.
Collection ID: 02.16.0010
Julian Davis Sewell papers, 1944-1945
This collection relates to First Lieutenant Julian Davis Sewell who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II as a Navigator.  The collection includes an address book containing the names of men who served with Sewell, a basic U.S. Army Air Corps aeronautics class notebook, Civil Aeronautics Bulletin, and 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment Ceremony program and roster.
Collection ID: 02.17.0028
Hy Wakstein papers, 1943-1946
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.
Collection ID: 02.02.0409
Leigh Jamison Gifford papers, 1945-2009, bulk 1945-1946
This collection follows a woman who worked in the Red Cross administration at the 312th Station Hospital in England, and the 239th Station Hospital in France. It includes letters from the nurse to her mother and father, a local newspaper from the 312th Station Hospital, 2 portraits, 3 photographs of the English countryside and Stonehenge (taken by Eli Garfield Gifford), dog tags, and a modern US Military ID card. The letters are dated from December 1945 to May 1946.
Collection ID: 02.17.0005
Harriet V.W. Jacobs papers, 1947-1948
This collection of letters written by Mrs. Harriet Jacobs relates to her time stationed with her U.S. Navy husband in Bremerhaven, Germany after World War II, from 1947-1948. Also included is a "scratchcard" made in 1942 for American civilians to "keep score" of each sunk ship of the Japanese Navy.
Collection ID: 02.17.0027
Carl Lyren Peleliu collection, 1944-1998
This collection relates to Carl Lyren who served in the United States Marine Corps in 2nd Marine Division the Pacific Theater. The materials of this collection are made up of maps, unclassified documents from both Japanese and U.S. forces, books, letters, interviews with veterans, photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal notes made by Carl Lyren in his research in writing on the battle of Peleliu, also in this collection is the original manuscript of the publication Dogged Courage: The Struggle for Peleliu, 1944.
Collection ID: 02.18.0033
James M. Ryan collection, 1925-2005
This collection relates to James M. Ryan who served as a 2nd Lieutenant Bombardier on a B-24 Bomber with the 866th Squadron, 494th Bombardment Group, stationed in Okinawa. Ryan's plane was shot down over Kyoto on July 28, 1945, and he was then imprisoned by the Japanese (declared missing in action by the United States). Ryan subsequently perished 500 feet from the epicenter of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. This collection contains photographs, letters, documents, and artifacts relating to the life, service, and death of James M. Ryan. His cased engraved purple heart medal is included in this collection.
Collection ID: 02.98.0626
Janet C. Bryan papers, 1942-1944
This collection relates to Janet C. Bryan who was married to a U.S. Army Field Artilery officer who was stationed at various posts in the U.S. during World War II. This collection is composed of the correspondance from Janet C. Bryan to her parents, addressed as Mr. and Mrs. Raymond G. Williams, residing in Barrington and Providence, Rhode Island. Janet C. Bryan's 145 letters, postcards, and telegrams document the social activities and personal impressions of army life, train travel, and the Western U.S, including visits to San Fransisco and Oakland, San Luis Obispo, and Los Angeles. She also mentions people and family members from Providence including actor Sonny Tufts, a cousin of Janet C. Bryan.
Collection ID: 02.14.0026
Collection ID: 02.02.0031
Harold E. Watson collection, 1929-2013
This collection centers around a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force.  It includes items related to his time in the military and his personal life before and after retirement. It includes personal letters, special orders, magazines, books, newspapers and clippings, event brochures, pamphlets, education records, personnel files, flight logs, photographs, VHS Tapes, cassette tapes, and flags spanning from the 1930s until the early 2000s.
Collection ID: 02.13.0078
Wilson Averre Koontz collection, 1942-2016
This World War II collection documents the life of U.S. Marine Wilson Koontz in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945, as well as the stories of his ancestry, children, and grandchildren. The collection is mainly comprised of personal papers, letters, and documents as well as a leather pouch and a scrapbook of the family's history. The scrapbook details his post-war experiences through various documents and writings from his daughter, as well as the lives of his descendants.
Collection ID: 02.16.0031
Stokes Family papers, 1919-1952
This collection primarily relates to Lieutenant Colonel Walter R. Stokes who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in a weapons training section at Camp Luna, NM. The collection also relates to the uncle of Walter R. Stokes,  Harry Keeler Stokes, who served as the bank manager of Citizens' Bank of Clermont, FL. The collection consists of letters and envelopes written from soldiers serving in World War II to a bank president in Clermont, Florida. The collection also contains World War II period empty envelopes and letters from the stamp collection of Walter R. Stokes.
Collection ID: 02.17.0023
Paul Curtis Koerner collection, 1937-2003
The Paul Curtis Koerner Collection was donated by his daughter Judy Davis. The collection contains a variety of items, papers, and correspondence from Koerner's career as an Army Engineer in WWII. The collection contains his copy of the New Testament that he recieved while training at Camp Blanding, to his death certificate. Overall, the documents and letters provide a rough outline of the experience of army service, during and after the war.  This collection also contains a group photo, stop watch, and medals including Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Armed Forces Service and United Nations Medal, Korean Service Meadal, National Defense Medal, a screw driver, slide ruller, and German back pack.
Collection ID: 02.06.0030
Edward J. Cavanary collection, 1943-2005
This collection pertains to Edward J. Cavanary who served in the U.S. Army as an Adjutant in the 7th Field Hospital during WWII. This collection contains a photographic copy of a scrapbook, as well as photographs, postcards, playbills, letters, ticket stubs, flyers, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, drawings, maps and a book of  true experiences of members of the 7th Field Hospital written by John Kidda and Fred Marston.
Collection ID: 02.05.0036
James Rice Spinks collection, 1942-1945
This collection consists of 278 photographs taken by an American Seabee in the Pacific during World War II. Many of the photographs document native life on the islands of New Caledonia, the Russell Islands, and Okinawa. There are images of native communities and homes, religious items, burial sites, workers, and other aspects of native life. They also document the operations of the 20th Naval Construction Battalion and various other US military units and operations. This includes photographs of construction, stevedoring, camp life, and American servicemen.
Collection ID: 02.16.0021
Garretson Family papers, 1918-1959
These papers include two boxes of World War II correspondence, largely between Albert H. Garretson and Agnes P. Garretson while Albert was involved with the Foreign Economic Division and the G-2 division of SHAEF. Garretson shares his views on the bureacratic side of the war and his insights from working on the economic board and SHAEF. He also served on an "Anglo-American Brain Trust" meant to foster good relations between Americans and the British. Agnes also shares her views on the war and American politics.
Collection ID: 02.18.0031
Clifford Prince papers, 1944-1969
This collection relates to Seaman Second Class Clifford Prince who was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center and San Diego with the U.S. Navy during World War II. This collection includes letters sent to and from Prince's family, greeting cards, photographs, and documents.
Collection ID: 02.19.0008
Mildred Hoffenbloom manuscript, January 14, 2002
Mildred Hoffenbloom was a soldier in the Women's Army Corps. She served overseas in London as a part of claims division, and in Paris, as an office manager to the American Engineers. She remained in Paris until V-E Day in May 1945, and was discharged from the Army in July 1945.
Collection ID: 02.02.0451
Keith Basil Fairchild collection, 1941-1963
This collection relates to Keith Basil Fairchild who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater and remained in the U.S. Navy as a career. The collection includes a scrapbook, photographs, and documents.
Collection ID: 02.19.0006
Lois Elaine Madison collection, 1945-1946
This collection relates to Lois Elaine "Dolly" Madison who served in the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) as an Aerographer's Mate Second Class during World War II at the U.S. Naval Air Station, Anacostia, DC. The collection contains letters, photographs, military records, pins, naval station magazines, and ephemera related to the various assignment locations.
Collection ID: 02.17.0025
Dorothy Marshman Fredrickson papers, 1942-1946
This collection pertains to Dorothy Marshman Fredrickson who served as a WAVE at the United States Navy Fleet Post Office in San Francisco, California. The collection contains letters from Fredrickson to her mother and sister. There are also photocopies of scrapbook pages as well as leisure photographs, newspaper clippings, greeting cards, menus, ticket stubs, railroad timetables, playbills, and show programs from the scrapbooks. The collection also contains periodicals and other publications from various sources, most concerning the Navy and/or WAVES, and WAVES rules and regulations handbooks.
Collection ID: 02.07.0117
Winifred Lund Caraway collection, 1941-1946
This collection relates to Corporal Winifred Lund Caraway who served with the United States Marine Corps during World War II. This collection contains scrapbooks, letters, postcards and photographs sent and collected by Caraway throughout World War II.
Collection ID: 02.98.0838
Lois S. Lee collection, 1943-1946, 1998
This collection relates to Lois S. Lee who served in the Women's Army Corps in the Far East Air Forces WAC Detachment in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands during World War II. The collection contains documents, photographs, unit history book, ephemera, and a bomber crew insulated flight suit.
Collection ID: 02.19.0002
Arthur Goold Morrill collection, 1941-1952
This collection relates to Arthur Goold Morrill who served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an administrative and statistical officer related to personnel and inventory records in the United States. The collection contains photographs and military personnel documents.
Collection ID: 02.19.0017
Charles Emil Gutmann collection, 1942-1943
This collection relates to Second Lieutenant Charles Emil Gutmann who served with the 333rd Bomb Group, 468th Bomber Squadron, during World War II. He was one of seven airmen killed during training when B-17F Flying Fortress #42-5981 crashed, six miles northwest of the Dalhart Army Airfield, Texas. The collection includes military personnel documents, Western Union Telegram notifying of death, and photographs.
Collection ID: 02.19.0015
Donald G. Blunk papers, 1942-1962
Sergeant Harold Glen Blunk served as Sergeant Major for the 5th Air Depot Group, 39th Station Composite Squadron, Administrative Division, 35th Depot Repair, in the 8th Air Force Command Station in England from 1943-1945. This collection contains photographs, a newspaper clipping, and documents relating to his personal life and military career.
Collection ID: 02.14.0004
George Kass papers, 1941-1944
This collection pertains to Private First Class George Kass who served with Company E of the 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 1st Division. The collection consists of letters written to and from Kass to his family, particularly his sister Rose Goldblum. Kass' letters provide detailed accounts of Army life, and Rose's letters provide a civilian perspective on life and the war. The letters begin after Kass' enlistment in 1942 and end when he is wounded in action on September 5, 1944.
Collection ID: 02.01.0528
Wilhelmina C. "Billie" Weezenaar collection, 1942-1946
This collection relates to Wilhelmina C. "Billie" Weezenaar who served as a U.S. Army Nurse during World War II in the United States, Oran, Algeria, and England.  The collection contains a  photograph album with pictures and captions, a letter of commendation and other war documents, foreign currency, unit patches, rank insignia, and newspaper articles. Also included in the collection are documents related to war service and nursing, a personell list of the 151st Station Hospital, an autograph book, personal letters, primarily from patients and colleagues, photographs, and a portrait.
Collection ID: 02.09.0156
Reubin O'Donovan Askew papers, 1943-1946
This collection centers around one Florida State Guard soldier, and an American soldier stationed at the Technical School and Basic Training Center for the Air Force in Gulfport Field, Mississippi. The collection includes a child's drawing, two letters written to the soldier's mother outlining Air Force training and daily life, a newspaper clipping written about the Florida State Guard drills, a letter about D-Day, and photographs of a B-26 Marauder, an American flight crew, an American and Russian soldier, and Yontan Airfield in Okinawa, and their corresponding modern negatives.
Collection ID: 02.00.0520
Gretchen Marie F. and Leslie J. Vreeland collection, 1944-1946
This collection relates to Gretchen Marie F. and Leslie J. Vreeland who were civilian defense workers living in Hawaii from April 1944-July 1946 at Barber's Point Naval Air Station in Oahu. The collection includes documents, ephemera, artifacts, photographs, newspapers, and maps that document the Vreeland's time in Hawaii.
Collection ID: 02.01.0347
Dorothy "Dot" Douglas Whittle collection, 1941-2007
Dorothy "Dot" Douglas Whittle was ten years old when the Japanese invaded the Philippines in December 1941. The Japanese Army interned the Douglas family in civilian prisoner of war camps for the duration of World War II, including Camp John Hay, Camp Holmes, and Bilibid Prison. During this period, Whittle kept a diary to document everyday life in camp, including her schoolwork, schedule, games, and church activities. The US Army liberated the civilian prisoners at Bilibid Prison in February 1945 and the Douglas family subsequently repatriated to the United States. They settled in Florida, and Whittle continued high school and went on to graduate from Florida State University. She later volunteered at the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience at Florida State University.
Collection ID: 02.00.0352
Skilling Family collection, 1941-1946
This collection contains letters, artifacts, photographs, and ephemera from Vincent and Leona Mazzoni's time served during World War II. Leona and Vince wrote letters to their sister, Josephine Gaudio, who saved all of these items. Both Vincent and Leona served in the Pacific Theater. Leona served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the China Burma Indian Theater and Vincent in the U.S. Army on New Guinea.
Collection ID: 02.19.0009
Joe Gray Sparks papers, 1915-1994
This collection relates to Captain Joe Gray Sparks who served as a pilot with the 11 Bomb Squadron in the Pacific Theater during World War II. This collection includes a flash memory drive containing scanned copies of letters, documents, photographs, manuscript biography, newspaper articles, and artifacts that belonged to Sparks.
Collection ID: 02.19.0007
Sheldon F. Berlow collection, 1934-1980
This collection relates to Sheldon F. Berlow who served with the 352nd Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, as the chief public information officer. This collection contains letters, photographs, newspapers, and official documents from Sheldon F. Berlow's time in England and Belgium. Numerous photographs document the activities of the 352nd Fighter Group. Letters discuss the progress of the war in Europe and life on the homefront.
Collection ID: 02.13.0020
Pasquale DiPierro collection, 1943-1951
This collection relates to Electrician's Mate 1st Class Pasquale DiPierro who immigrated from Italy in 1920 and served with Company A, 5th Platoon, 118th Naval Construction Battalion, "Seabees" in the Pacific Theater during World War II on New Guinea and the Philippines. He was recalled during the Korean War and served again with the U.S. Navy in a construction battalion. The collection includes letters, military personnel documents, 118th Naval Construction Battalion newsletters, and objects.
Collection ID: 02.19.0021
Joseph Hrabovsky collection, 1944-2007
This collection relates to Joseph Hrabovsky who served with the 1524th Quartermaster Laundry Corp. Joseph Hrabovksy received quartermaster training in Camp Lee, VA before being assigned to the occupation of Japan. This collection contains a Camp Lee Quartermaster Training Pamphlet, a photograph collection of Japan and Korea, and other documents including a timeline of Joseph Hrabovksy's service in Japan.
Collection ID: 02.11.0037
David E. Bail Jr. papers, 1938-1949
This collection relates to Lieutenant David E. Bail Jr. who serves as a bombardier with the 335th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group in England during World War II. He attended University of Florida and enlisted in Spring of 1942. He flew two missions over France before he was shot down over Hanover, Germany on July 26, 1943 and killed in action. This collection contains seven folders includes Bail's personal letters to his family from December, 1941 up to his death, letters from the War Department to Bail's family first declaring him MIA, then later confirming him KIA, two photographs of Bail and his crew, and a letter from his sister to Bail's parents recounting her interview with Bail's one-time tail-gunner.
Collection ID: 02.12.0025
Diana Naylor Morgan papers, 1937-1945
This collection relates to Diana Naylor Morgan who served as a junior USO hostess in New Jersey during World War II. The collection includes an oral interview with Morgan, news articles, photographs, and letters sent to her from American and British soldiers deployed overseas during World War II. In the letters, servicemen describe their day to day activities while deployed overseas, their locations, views on the Japanese, and opinions about the Atomic Bomb. A letter dated June 2, 1944, written by an American sailor Ernest Feasy was not censored; Feasy describes how he is waiting for D-Day to arrive.
Collection ID: 02.06.0098
Thomas McFarland papers, 1943-1945
This collection relates to Technician Grade 5 Thomas McFarland who served as a medical aide with a field hospital unit during World War II in the European and Pacific Theaters. This collection consists of letters from McFarland to his family about his time stationed in France, Africa, and Okinawa.
Collection ID: 02.02.0160
Charles Harold Martin papers, 1944-1956
First Sergeant Charles H. Martin Served with the 3848th Quartermaster Truck Company in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater for 16 months as a clerk. The collection includes Martin's three honorable discharge certificates, Enlisted Reserve Corps Qualification and Availability Questionnaire, and Separation Qualification Record. Also within this collection is Martin's personal copy of photograph album "A Yank's Memories of Calcutta" by Clyde Waddell. This album includes captioned photographs of important buildings, streets, and religious culture of the citizens of Calcutta, India.
Collection ID: 02.09.0086
Ralph J. Valente collection, 1942-1945
This collection relates to Ralph J. Valente, who served as a Private in Company A, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, in the U.S. Army during the Second World War. Valente served in France, where he was severly wounded in action during an engagement in Phlin, France on November 9, 1944. He died from his wounds fifteen days later on November 24. The collection contains correspondence between Valente and his family and relatives, as well as typed and written documents pertaining to the retrieval and reinternment of Valente's remains, cased engraved Purple Heart Medal, and photographs from before Valente's enlistment and from Valente's training.
Collection ID: 02.19.0001
Dorotha Farrell collection
This collection relates to Dorotha Farrell who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in an orthopedic ward with the 98th General Hospital that served in England and Germany in World War II. This collection contains 72 photographs, oral history interview transcript, one newspaper article clipping, one Life magazine cover, nine letters, and one folder of official documents.
Collection ID: 02.08.0080
Harry E. Neff collection, 1918-1953
This collection relates to Harry E. Neff who served during World War I and World War II. Harry E. Neff served as a Machine Operator for the 844th Aviation Engineer Battalion at March Field, California during World War II. This collection includes letters written by Neff to Dixie Johnson who resided in Chicago, Illinios.
Collection ID: 02.14.0005
James A. Huffaker collection
This collection relates to James A. Huffaker who served as a 2nd Lieutenant as a Bombardier/Navigator on a B-26 Martin Marauder with the 552nd Bomb Squadron, 386th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force, based in England during World War II. This collection includes two silk maps of Western Europe.
Collection ID: 02.20.0001
Ralph E. Herold collection
This collection relates to Ralph E. Herold who served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel and assigned to Headquarters in Kobe, Japan Base during the post war occupation. This collection contains news articles about Ralph E. Herold, training films, and various battles in World War II. There are photographs of Kobe, Japan and different radio equipment. There are also several booklets containing data about War time training films.
Collection ID: 02.09.0125
Charles F. Silzer collection, 1943-1945
This collection relates to Corporal Charles F. Silzer who served with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He participated in the battles of Cape Gloucester, New Britian, Peleliu, and Okinawa and occupation of China. The collection contains letters Silzer wrote to his fiance, later wife, Florence Erickson, photographs of Silzer, and a framed discharge document.
Collection ID: 02.19.0024
Elise Heine collection, 1947
This collection relates to Elise Heine who served as a Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services (WAVES). This collection contains a yearbook pertaining to WAVES service during World War Two, published in 1947, While So Serving.
Collection ID: 02.19.0023
John L. McQuigg collection, 1942-1945
This collection relates to John L. McQuigg (Lieutenant Colonel with the US Army Air Force) who served with the 8th Air Force in Photographic Reconnaissance in the European and Mediterranean Theaters and participated in the North African and the Italian Allied Photo Reconnaissance Wing, including surveillance for the Anzio Landing. The collection contains military papers, ephemera, photographs, artifacts, and maps covering John L. McQuigg's communication with his wife and children, surveillance operations during the war, and documents from the Air Force reserves following the war.
Collection ID: 02.19.0018
Carl B. Kindell papers, 1942-1945, 1951
This collection relates to Carl B. Kindell who served as a Pharmacist with the 242nd General Hospital in the U.S. Army during World War II. Kindell served in the European Theater of Operations. The collection contains the correspondence of Kindell and his mother, father, Aunt Leana, grandmother, brother Ray Kindell, and several friends during his service. This collection contains typed and handwritten letters, pictures, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings.
Collection ID: 02.18.0021
Chester W. Bailes papers, 1942-2007, bulk 1942-1945
Chester W. Bailes served as a 4th Grade technician in the US Army 1st Armored Division during World War II. He was first sent to Ireland, before participating in the North Africa invasion, Sicily, and Anzio during the invasion of Italy, where he spent the rest of the war. His collection includes a few letters, publications relating to his unit written after the war, Time, Stars and Stripes, and Yank Magazines, as well as a number of pamphlets and military-published books relating to World War II.
Collection ID: 02.14.0031
Alvin H. Nellesen papers, 1943-1945
This collection relates to Alvin H. Nellesen who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Private First Class cook with the 65th Troop Carrier Squadron, 403rd Troop Carrier Group in New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Western Pacific, and the Philippines during World War II. This collection includes a 65th Squadron group photograph.
Collection ID: 02.20.0005
Robert Bailey collection, 1939-1945, bulk 1944-1945
This collection contains Japanese World War II ephemera such as paper money, Japanese propaganda scrapbooks, a book of fundamental Japanese, a bond from a Japanese bank, and a company document on Japanese paper.
Collection ID: 02.10.0091
Tadako Knight collection, 1980-1991
This collection relates to Tadako Knight, who was the wife of U.S. Navy veteran Willard Thomas Knight who served in the U.S. Navy from 1937 until 1958. This collection contains newspaper articles about Guadalcanal, personal letters in Japanese, newsletters, magazines, correspondence with Tallahassee resident and Guadalcanal veteran Harry Horsman, photocopies of photographs, and writings penned by Japanese and U.S. soldiers.
Collection ID: 02.04.0251
Feldwebel Schäfer Photograph Album, 1940-1941, bulk 1940
This album contains photographs, newspaper clippings, and poetry (all in German) from Schäfer's journal about the 25th Infantry Division during the 1940 Battle of France.  This album also contains a signed document and signed portrait photograph of 25th Division commander Erich-Heinrich Philipp Karl Albert Reinhard Clößner (17 September 1888 – 28 March 1976) who was a highly decorated General der Infanterie in the Wehrmacht during World War II.  He was also a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross.
Collection ID: 02.16.0005
William Clayton Greene papers, 1944-1945
This collection relates to William Clayton Greene who served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Belgium and Germany. The collection includes informaton about his experience there. There are letters to his family, a friend, as well as letters from Nuns from a Belgian convent that Greene befriended. Also included is a German publication entitled Sparta: Der Lebenskampf Einer Nordischen Herrenschicht which is signed by Heinrich Himmler.
Collection ID: 02.01.0268
Libby Werbner collection, 1942-2003
This collection relates to Libby Werbner who served as a teacher with the Manzanar, California Japanese American Internment Camp during World War II. The collection includes an oral history interview transcripts and original photographs. Werbner describes her experience as a third grade teacher, Japanese culture, life in the camp, Army recruitment and the difference between her experiences at an internment camp and what she heard about concentration camps.
Collection ID: 02.02.0505
Roemer "Ray" Stead papers, 1943-1944
This collection contains letters and papers related to a 397th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, soldier training during World War II at the University of Michigan and Fort Bragg before his deployment to Europe. This collection includes correspondence between the soldier and his family, the soldier and his friends, newspapers and clippings, and personal records.
Collection ID: 02.16.0007
Jean Gibbs Hoffman Family collection, 1945-2001, bulk 1945-1946
This family collection relates to three relatives who served during World War II: Rollin Lewis Gibbs, Jr. who served with the U.S. Navy as a Storekeeper 2nd Class; Helen Jean Brickley who served with the United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) as a Lieutenant Commander; and Frank Brickley who served with the United States Marine Corps as a Technical Sergeant. The collection includes photographs, certificates, documents, and artifacts.
Collection ID: 02.17.0036
Frederick C. Jackson collection, 1943-1947
This collection primarily consists of letters sent from Private Frederick C. Jackson, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, to his parents, as well as a 1944 diary with entries from Jackson during the Battle of Anzio. The collection also contains a 1947 printed history of the 180th Infantry Regiment and a scrapbook containing homefront newspaper clippings related to the 45th Infantry Division and the Italian Campaign, as well as Jackson's wounding at Anzio.
Collection ID: 02.14.0037
27th Troop Carrier Squadron Foundation papers, 1942-2002, bulk 1948-1982
This collection related to the 27th Troop Carrier Squadron includes a manuscript that consists of memoirs entitled "Freedom Rings," which were gathered from members of the Army's 27th Troop Carrier Squadron about their time in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theater. The squadron was in the CBI Theater from 1942-1945. The squadron was involved in many Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and SACO (Sino-American-Cooperative-Organization) operations, including rescues and liberations of P.O.W.'s. The collection includes their veteran's association magazine/newsletters as well.
Collection ID: 02.00.0241
Sophie Sokolowski papers, 1943-1947, bulk 1943-1945
This collection relates to Sophie Sokolowski (Guzzo) and Ralph J. Guzzo who served as an administrative Sergeant in the U.S. Army with the Headquarters and Service Company, 757th Railway Shop Battalion, in the United States, England, and Europe during World War II. The collection contains letters written from Ralph J. Guzzo during his time in service to his future wife, Sophie. The collection also contains a scrapbook which belonged to Sophie Sokolowski.
Collection ID: 02.17.0029
Wilson D. Brooks papers, 1944-1946
Wilson Dean Brooks participated in significant events during and after World War II. He was a part of the liberation of Dachau, Battle of the Bulge, and worked as an investigator for the War Crimes Board. His collection contains photographs capturing the liberation of Dachau, a journal describing military life in Europe, which includes details about Battle of the Bulge, and a vast amount of documents that pertain to war crime trials he oversaw as a judge advocate.
Collection ID: 02.14.0024
William R. Auld papers, 1943-1945
The William R. Auld papers include over 800 photographs taken by Major William R. Auld who served with the 31st Photo Reconnaissance Squadron of the Ninth Army Air Force following General George S. Patton throughout the United States, England, France, and Germany.  The William R. Auld papers also include various sketches done by one of his comrades, a promotion notice, and two poems.
Collection ID: 02.00.0646
Flora Virginia Pittman collection, 1938-1965, bulk 1944-1945
This collection relates to Flora Virginia Pittman who served as a U.S. Army nurse from 1940 to 1965. The collection includes artwork collected during her time on duty in the Pacific Theater during World War II, specifically 22 prints of Japanese artwork. The collection also includes photographs, postcards, and ephemera from Pittman's time abroad, as well as pins and military certificates. Also included are personal documents and special folders detailing financial information and letters from both the 80th Medical Group and First Replacement Depot.
Collection ID: 02.10.0051
Yves Knafou collection, 2011
This collection consists of an oral history interview transcript of Yves Knafou, who served in French Algeria and France during World War II. In this extensive interview, Knafou recounts his experiences of the Second World War, but as is made clear by his answers, his memory is fragile and so must be taken with caution. At several points in the interview he contradicts himself and forgets what he had previously said.
Collection ID: 02.11.0025
George L. Davis Photographs, 1944-1948
This collection contains four photographs of Fairchild C-82 aircrafts that were built during World War II. The planes were built by Glenn L. Martin, Inc. These planes were used as cargo and transport planes.
Collection ID: 02.17.0008
Earl L. Bailey collection, 1942-1946
This collection consists of letters and memorabilia sent by U.S. Army soldier Earl L. Bailey to friends and family during World War II, as well as the transcript of an oral interview with the soldier. These documents detail the soldier's basic training at Camp Maxey, TX, participation in the Army Specialized Training Program at Ohio State University, and service in the 405th Regiment, 102nd Infantry Division. This service included stops at Camp Swift, TX, Fort Dix, NJ, and participation in the suppression of the Philadelphia Transit Strike of 1944 before departing for Europe. The letters discuss the campaign in Europe, battles in France and Germany, the Siegfrieg Line, and the occupation of Germany. Earl L. Bailey also discusses religion, food, POW's, propaganda, artist Bill Mauldin, German National Socialist Ideology, and V-1 rockets.  Also included are German propaganda leaflets that were dropped on U.S. soldiers.
Collection ID: 02.03.0019
William H. Wallace collection, 1944-1946
The William H. Wallace Collection was donated to Florida State University by Robin Wallace Turco in May 2015.  The centerpiece of the Wallace Collection is a series of forty-six letters and postcards from Josette Asphiotis, a French penpal, to American airman William Wallace from 1944 to 1946.
Collection ID: 02.15.0022
Wyman Daniel Martin collection, 1936-1946
The Wyman Daniel Martin collection contains personal artifacts and ephemera from Martin's time as a middle school student before the outbreak of war and as a dorsal gunner on a B-17 bomber before being killed in action above Holland. These objects include photographs of Martin and the crew of his bomber the "Sky Queen", his various medals which include an engraved Purple Heart, a narrative written by a surviving crewman regarding his final mission, and official documents regarding his internment in Arlington National Cemetary.
Collection ID: 02.10.0007
Fred S. Bertsch Jr. collection, 1941-1991, bulk 1941-1943
This collection relates to retired U.S. Navy Captain Fred S. Bertsch Jr. who served as the Engineer Officer during World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations on the destroyer U.S.S. Case and the Korean War as a naval aviator.  The collection includes a daily handwritten log journal of activities aboard the U.S.S Case which begins with his eyewitness account of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, including the attack of the U.S.S. Arizona Battleship, through the end of 1943.  The collection also contains 133 original color slides, and digitized prints of the slides, taken by Bertsch Jr. aboard the U.S.S  Case during the Aleutian Island campaign in 1942, additional photographs, documents, artifacts, newspaper articles, and two publications authored by Bertsch Jr.
Collection ID: 02.08.0134
Clarence H. Anderson papers, 1944-1945
This collection relates to Private First Class Clarence H. Anderson who served with the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, in the European theater during World War II. The collection contains letters from Anderson to his fiance Eleanor Schumaker. The letters encompass ten months from March 1944-January 1945 in which he writes from England, France, Belgium, and Germany. Clarence was wounded in Germany and sent to a hospital in England to recover. Julius Sleszak was stationed in California in the Transportation Section at Camp Beale. He sent seven letters to his wife during November 1945.
Collection ID: 02.15.0005
Jack Appel transcript, 1943-1945
Private First Class Jack Appel's oral history transcript details his life before and during World War II where he served with the 17th Signal Operations Battalion in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations. His oral history elaborates on his early life, contracting Spinal Meningitis, completing basic training, trying to apply to Officer Candidate School, becoming a driver/messenger, arriving in Europe, landing at Normandy, traveling through France Belgium, and Germany, witnessing Battle of the Bulge, visiting the concentration camp Buchenwald, interacting with civilians, gambling on leave, the discharge point system, returning home, and his experiences with the Veteran's Administration.
Collection ID: 02.03.0103
Wallace Reichelt papers, 1942-1945, bulk 1944
The collection of Wallace W. Reichelt contains an oral history transcript of an interview provided by the Reichelt Program for Oral History. The collection also contains a copy of "The Army and Navy Musician" Vol. 19, No. 5 (August - September 1945) and a scrapbook of photographs, documents, and ephemera, including postcards. There are over 450 black-and-white photographs from 1942 to 1945. These photographs relate to Reichelt's wartime experiences on the U.S. mainland and in Europe.
Collection ID: 02.99.0051
Joseph G. Moretti collection, 1941-2000
This collection relates to Joseph G. Moretti who joined the U.S. Navy in Jacksonville, Florida in September 1942. He served in the Navy's Construction Battalion (Seabees) and the 8th Underwater Demolition Team (UDT8) until his discharge on August 14, 1945. He was stationed in Fort Peirce, Florida until he transferred to the Aleutian Islands and, later, the South Pacific. His collection includes an oral history recorded in 2000, Moretti's naval logbook, miscellaneous government documents from 1941 to 1957, news clippings from the 1990s, and photographs.
Collection ID: 02.00.0291
John Watson papers, 1941-1945
This collection consists of an oral history interview of John A. Watson who was drafted into the Army in May 1941. He describes his interactions with Strom Thurmond, citizens of England, and German POWs.
Collection ID: 02.01.0407
Beehive Mariners Chapter papers, 1945-2014
This collection relates to the Utah Beehive Chapter of the Merchant Marine veterans' organization who served during World War II. The collection contains various documents and photographs related to veterans of this chapter.
Collection ID: 02.15.0037
Everett Melvin O'Brien collection, 1940-1945
This collection relates to Everett Melvin O'Brien who served as a 1st Lieutenant with the 603rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company in the European Theater during World War II. The collection contains photographs from O'Brien's service in Graves Registration in the U.S., France, Belgium, and Germany which include killed in action U.S. soldiers and graves. Photographs of the concentration camp at Dachau are also included.
Collection ID: 02.98.0011
Robert Berry Interview Transcript, Date of interview-July 11, 2000
This collection contains Colonel Robert Berry's oral history transcript wherein he describes his involvement in the Normandy invasion and its aftermath as a graves registration officer in the 6th Engineers Special Brigade. The interview also includes accounts of American soldiers being executed for war crimes. This collection contains a transcript Robert Berry's interview from the Reichelt Program for Oral History.
Collection ID: 02.02.0124
Halsey A. La Bounty papers, 1942-1945
This collection of letters relates to Sergeant Halsey A. La Bounty who served in North Africa and Italy during World War II. His first involvement in the North African campaign was at Casablanca, Morocco in 1942.
Collection ID: 02.14.0003
Edward T. Burke Jr. collection, 1940-2003, bulk 1940-1946
The materials in the Edward T. Burke Jr. collection document activities of a U.S. Navy Chief Torpedoman who served on the U.S.S. Broome in the Atlantic and Mediterranean theaters during World War II and his life after the war. i) This collection consists of personal correspondence between Mr. Burke and his wife from 1940 to 1946, military personnel orders, military certificates, a personal journal of Mr. Burke's regarding torpedo notes, photocopies and original copies of pictures depicting civilian life and naval life, papers covering post-war memorial involvement, Four Piper Destroyer Fellowship materials, video interviews of Edward T. Burke Jr., World War II documentaries, and military artifacts including lapel pins and medals.
Collection ID: 02.03.0139
Barbara Lane Daley papers, 1944-1946
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.
Collection ID: 02.00.0608
Willard and Anna Carr collection, 1942-1992, bulk 1942-1946
This collection relates to Samuel Rhea, M.D., Willard Carr, and Anna (Groover) Carr. Dr. Rhea served as a physician with the 377th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion attached to the 4th Infantry Division in the U.S. Army in the European Theater (ETO). Willard Carr served as an officer in the 377th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and served in the European Theater of Operations. Anna (Groover) Carr served in the Red Cross as Director of the Enlisted Men's Club, Luchbal Barracks in Antwerp, Belgium.
Collection ID: 02.02.0165
Mildred and William H. Finger papers, 1943-1981, bulk 1943-1945
The Mildred and William H. Finger papers detail Private William H. Finger's experiences as a member of Company E, 160th Infantry Regiment of the 40th Infantry Division in the United States Army during World War II. Finger provides insight into his time during basic training at Fort McClellan in Alabama and his time spent overseas in the Philippines. His wife Mildred wrote back and forth to him about his family and the significance of letter writing while he is away from home. The collection contains letters and documents.
Collection ID: 02.18.0027
Eugene S. Brown transcript, 1923-2000, bulk 1943-1946
Eugene S. Brown served as a member of the 78th Infantry Division in the European Theater during World War II. He served from 1943-1946. His unit arrived in France in November of 1944. He performed duties as a runner and a jeep driver for his unit. This collection contains a transcript from an interview conducted June 7, 2000.
Collection ID: 02.03.0105
Arthur Card papers, 1943-1947, bulk 1945
The collection of Arthur W. Card contains an oral history transcript of an interview conducted by or for the Institute on World War II. He discusses bringing US troops to and from Europe, as well as returning German POWs to Germany at the end of the war. He also discusses his work in the engine room (where he felt proud to be "more important" to the soldiers on the ship because they relied on his work to keep them safe) and his time ashore in Naples, Italy.
Collection ID: 02.03.0189
Theodore A. Vanos collection, 1943-1973
The Theodore A. Vanos collection consists mostly of photographs from his career as an engineer. Some of the photographs are labeled NASA. During World War II, he served with the Office of Scientific Research and Development while at Calfornia Institute on Technology. Included in his collection are military letters from the Navy department, two certificates, and a medallion.
Collection ID: 02.18.0022
Apalachicola Tent and Awning Company Records, 1941 - 2009, bulk 1941 - 1942
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.
Collection ID: 02.09.0054
Milton Charles Brown papers, 1925-1954, bulk 1943-1945
This collection relates to Technical Sergeant Milton Charles Brown who served in the U.S. Army with the 893rd Tank Destroyer Battalion as an Operations Noncommissioned Officer during World War II. Brown served in the European Theater of Operations.  The collection includes Brown's military personnel documents and photographs.
Collection ID: 02.18.0004
Edward A. Treacy collection, 1942-1984, bulk 1942-1945
This collection relates to Sergeant Edward A. Treacy who served with the 815th Engineer Aviation Battalion in England, Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, and Italy during World War II. The collection includes memoirs, oral history interview, documents, photographs, artifacts, and an M-44 U.S. Army uniform jacket.
Collection ID: 02.17.0035
Adolph Westheimer Collection, 1932-1999
Adolph Joseph Westheimer served in the US Army Air Corps during World War II in the Pacific Theater. The collection includes personal letters, government documents pertaining to his service, some postcards, tickets, papers with Japanese scripts, and Japanese artifacts. It also includes the oral history transcript of the Westheimer interview and manuscripts giving detailed descriptions and information on living conditions of Air Force members during the war in Japan. In addition, it includes the certificates of his physical conditions.
Collection ID: 02.98.0165
Francis E. Ridgway papers, 1944-1946
This collection relates to Francis E. Ridgway who served as a Gunners Mate, Second Class, on the United States Naval Destroyer Ship U.S.S Ellyson. This collection contains 36 letters from Francis Ridgway to Ruth De Rosier and two letters from "Father Bill" to Ruth De Rosier. There is also a personal handwritten journal from Francis which documents his time aboard the Ellyson, and an Official Order for awards earned by Ridgway.
Collection ID: 02.15.0016
Helen E. Walsh Collection, 1942-2004, bulk 1942-1945
Helen E. Walsh served in the Women's Army Corps from September 1942 to October 1945. She served as an artificer in Oran, Algeria, North Africa; Caserta, Italy; and Dijon, France. She earned three major battle stars for her service close to the front lines in three major battle areas of the European Theater, including Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Rhineland. She was a Sergeant Major when she received an honorable medical discharge. Walsh remained active in the National Association of Women's Veterans, and kept extensive scrapbooks about her own service in the WAC, and of World War II in general. The collection contains 1 box of documents and clippings about Walsh during and after her Army service, 1/2 box of photographs Walsh took while serving overseas, 2 artifact boxes containing Walsh's Army equipment and items she collected overseas, and 4 Women's Army Corps uniform pieces.
Collection ID: 02.04.0174
Robert L. and Virginia Butler papers, 1937-1945, bulk 1944-1945
This collection relates to Corporal Robert L. Butler, who served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the U.S., and his wife Virginia Butler. This collection contains letters sent between Robert and Virginia while he was training at six different locations from 1944 to 1945. Also included in the collection are letters to Robert from his mother Vedale Butler (née Irwin) and letters to Robert from his brother Charles. The letters are personal but some discuss Robert's daily routine while in training. Virginia's letters mostly discuss her day-to-day routine at home in Michigan and the lives of their friends and family.
Collection ID: 02.17.0030
Sidney Rochelson papers, 1933-1992
This collection contains letters written by Sidney Rochelson to his parents while he was attending medical school in the 1930s, while he was attending Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, during World War II, and the remainder of his life. Also incuded are letters to and from his wife Martha while he served as a surgeon with the 624th Medical Clearance Company in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
Collection ID: 02.00.0665