The Resource These records are part of the Virginia World War II History Commission record group (RG#68)

These records are part of the Virginia World War II History Commission record group (RG#68)

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  • The series, Correspondence and Data Files, is divided into four sub-series: reference notes and newspaper clippings, index cards, scrapbooks and miscellaneous material
  • Sub-Series I: Reference Notes and Newspaper Clippings - Beginning in October 1942, the Virginia Conservation Commission's Division of History started a newspaper clipping file of war news items in Virginia newspapers. The Division of History, in cooperation with the Virginia World War II History Commission continued its' newspaper file through 1945. It then turned over 34 boxes of clippings to the Commission
  • The Newspaper articles are either pasted or transcribed on to 6x9 inch paper and are arranged by chronological time periods (1939-1941 December 7, 1941 December 7-1943, 1944-1945 September, and c. 1946-1950) and grouped therein by subject. Articles are grouped by subjects such as: the home front, public opinion, camps and stations, recreation and relief, business, civilian defense, politics and government, education, rationing, relief, transportation and war bonds
  • Included are extensive clippings on railroad companies (Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, Norfolk and Western Railway, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad, Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, Southern Railway, Seaboard Air Line Railway Company), businesses (Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, and Norfolk Navy Yard), and military facilities (Fort Belvoir, Fort Eustis, Camp A.P. Hill, Camp Lee, Camp Pendleton, Langley Field, Pentagon, and Quantico). Other clippings of note include a small number of obituary notices of war dead (box 72) and a few items on the Korean War (box 61)
  • Thirty-six boxes of reference notes contain more newspaper articles, magazine articles and government documents used by the Commission in preparation for its' publications. Included are notes used by Francis Heller for Virginia's State Government During the Second World War: It's Constitutional, Legislative, and Administration Adaptations, 1942-1945 (Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1949), H.L. Price for Virginia Farmers at War: Essays on Agricultural Production in the Old Dominion During the Second World War (Blacksburg: Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1950), Marvin Schlegel for Conscripted City: Norfolk in World War II (Norfolk: Norfolk War History Commission, 1951), and Gertrude Parlier for Pursuits of War: The People of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, in the Second World War (Charlottesville: Albemarle County Historical Society, 1948). In addition, there are notes for proposed manuscripts that were never published by the Commission (Edwin C. Griffith, "Virginia Manufacturers at War", Herbert C. Bradshaw, "The Red Cross in Virginia" and unidentified authors for "War Finance in Virginia", "Home Front Summary", and "Battle Fronts Summary")
  • Sub-Series II: Index Cards - The index card files contain reference citations and bibliographical listings. The bulk of the collection consists of material created for Gold Star Honor Roll of Virginians in the Second World War. In preparation of Gold Star Honor Roll, the Commission compiled two card files of Virginia's war dead: one geographical and one alphabetical. The alphabetical file contains authentication of each soldier's death. The reference cited often refers to a specific government casualty list offering some clue as to when and where the individual died. Many cards cite newspaper and magazine articles which offer additional information
  • Sub-Series III: Scrapbooks - This sub-series contains three scrapbooks: Norfolk, Virginia, 1944; Schools at War and the Red Cross at War, 1942-1945; and Virginia and World War II, 1945-1946. Catherine Temple Lynch collected material for the Virginia and World War II scrapbook between March 1945 and September 1946
  • Sub-Series IV: Miscellaneous Material - This sub-series contains a variety of miscellaneous material, including reference files, photographs, manufacturers' questionnaires, unpublished manuscripts, and U.S.O. histories
  • The reference files on Virginia's eight posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipients (Lewis Kenneth Bausell, Demas Tharlow Craw, Archer Tomas Gammon, Jimmie Walters Monteith, Jr., Frank Dabney Pergory, Milton Ernest Ricketts, Joseph R. Sarnoski, and Raymond H. Wilkins) are the most significant records in this sub-series. The files include correspondence between the Commission and next-of-kin, newspaper clippings, photographs, and the text of the award. Also included is information on William Peterkin Upshur who received the Medal of Honor in 1915 for service in Haiti and died during World War II. Other notable reference material includes material on the Quantico Marine Corps Base
  • Notable pictures in the collection include: photographs taken by Howard Hammersley, Jr. of Benito Mussolini's corpse and D-Day in southern France, two pictures of the 29th Division (Roanoke 1941 and Baltimore 1942), and German prisoners-of-war as farm laborers
  • The manufactures' questionnaires contains information on war production for a large number of Virginia companies including, Du Pont, Seaboard Air Line Railroad, Norfolk Navy Yard and the Norfolk and Western Railway
  • The unpublished manuscripts include material by: Herbert Bradshaw, "The Red Cross in Virginia" and "Virginia Schools at War"; Edwin Griffith, "Virginia Manufacturers at War"; and unidentified works on the home front, battle fronts, industry, labor and agriculture
  • The United Service Organization (U.S.O.) histories include names of individuals involved in each branch, services and activities provided and photographs
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia World War II History Commission. Search as: Virginia World War II History Commission.
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Correspondence and data files
These records are part of the Virginia World War II History Commission record group (RG#68)
These records are part of the Virginia World War II History Commission record group (RG#68)
Arranged into four sub-series: I. Reference Notes and Newspaper Clippings. II. Index Cards. III. Scrapbooks. IV. Miscellaneous Material.
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