Category Archives: World War II

Fins and Flippers, magazine from a local WWII pilot training program

On this day in 1941 — four days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii — the U.S. officially went to war with Germany and Italy. It had already declared war on Japan. On this day in 1941, a group … Continue reading

Happy Memorial Day!

In honor of Memorial Day, we are highlighting one of our collections that features our veterans, the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Service Men’s Center Scrapbook.  This volume contains photographs, letters, greeting cards, newspaper clippings, activity programs, and other items relating to the … Continue reading

New and Notable in Acumen, Fall ’14 – Spring ’15

A lot has come through the digitization pipeline in the last six months or so. Here are some highlights. Diaries Martha Jane Coleman Banks commonplace book Contains diary entries, miscellaneous writings (some appear to be school related), newspaper clippings, recipes, and … Continue reading

New Finding Aids, Spring 2016, part two

Last month, we shared some of dozens of finding aids that had recently gone online in Acumen. This week, the focus is on personal collections, including several related to World War II. (Click on any of the images below to see a larger … Continue reading

Newly online: The A. T. Patrick Letters

S/Sgt A.T. Patrick was a radio operator during World War II stationed in Walla Walla, Washington; Redmond, Oregon; and Avon Park, Florida. He enlisted in the Army in May 1941. The A. T. Patrick Letters (MS 2136) consists of thirty-seven … Continue reading

Newly Online: Elbert Nixdorf Letters

We have recently placed a small but interesting collection online, the Elbert Nixdorf Letters. Mr. Nixdorf served in the U. S. Army Special Services during World War II. This collection of letters contains correspondence with friends he made while overseas … Continue reading

Newly Online: Freddie Lindsay, Jr., Letters

We have a new collection online of letters of a World War II soldier. The Freddie Lindsay, Jr. Letters contains V-mail letters to and from Lindsay, who was stationed in the South Pacific. Most of the letters are to his … Continue reading

Newly Online: James B. Tipton papers

This year for Veterans Day, we celebrate a man who was a veteran twice over during his long career in the military. Major General James B. Tipton was a pilot and pilot instructor with the United States Army Air Forces (later … Continue reading

Newly Online: Rolland Plattner Letters

The Rolland Plattner Letters Collection contains 41 letters written by Mr. Plattner when he served in the Pacific theater during World War II. All of these letters were written to his friend and neighbor, Charles Harold Regnier of Clifton, Illinois. … Continue reading

Newly Online: The O. E. Bruce, Jr., Letters

The O. E. Bruce, Jr., Letters contains correspondence from Private O.E. Bruce, Jr., to his parents while he was serving state side during World War II. Most letters are written on government stationery from Camp Wheeler, Georgia. He informs his … Continue reading