Yale in World War II collection
Scope and Contents
By Official Unit consists of the papers of official bodies of the university relating to their activities during the war. Of particular interest is a large amount of material issued between 1940 and 1942 by the Committee on Preparation for War Service and reports issued by the Institute of Human Relations and the Institute of International Studies during 1943 and 1944. A substantial correspondence between Bernhard Knollenberg, Yale University Librarian, and Herbert Hoover in 1940 concerning Hoover's plan to feed the population of the invaded countries in Europe is filed under "Yale University. Library." A small amount of material on Yale's Committee for Receiving Oxford and Cambridge Children is also included in the section.
By Topic covers unofficial activities on the Yale campus and includes such areas as conscientious objectors, air raid precautions and relief organizations. Under the heading "Post-War Planning" are a number of reports written by the Yale University Post-War Planning Committee and various individuals between 1942 and 1945. Speakers at Yale, the texts of whose speeches are found here, include Earl Browder, secretary of the Communist Party of the United States, speaking under the auspices of the Yale Peace Council, Field Marshall John Dill of Great Britain (a reply by George C. Marshall is included), Charles A. Lindbergh, speaking under the auspices of the America First Committee, Henry R. Luce and Erika Mann. Also included in this section are memorabilia such as war ration books, savings bond literature and military passes required to enter military areas on the Old Campus.
Scrapbooks consists of three volumes of newspaper clippings from 1944 and 1945 which document achievements of Yale students and faculty, activities on the campus, and Yale's participation in the war.
Series II., WAR ACTIVITIES, is divided into three sections: On Campus, Abroad, and Articles, Reports, Clippings and Writings by Yale Men.
On Campus includes printed matter, reports and correspondence relating to the training programs on the Yale campus conducted by the various branches of the United States armed forces. The work of the Army Specialized Training Program and the Navy College Training Program, known as V-12, is documented through memoranda, curricula, course schedules and other printed matter.
Abroad consists of programs for various social functions of Yale men in the armed forces abroad.
Articles, Reports, Clippings and Writings by Yale Mendocuments the experiences of Yale men serving in the armed services.
Series III., CORRESPONDENCE, is made up of letters from former Yale students to Yale officials describing their experiences at military bases in the United States and while serving abroad. The Yale officials are James G. Leyburn, Acting Chairman, Dept. of Sociology, Carl A. Lohmann, Secretary of the University, Russell G. Pruden, Curator, Yale Collection of War Literature, Carl F. Schreiber, Chairman, Dept. of Germanic Languages, and Chauncey B. Tinker, Professor of English Literature. Miscellaneous correspondence is filed at the end of the series.
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7.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
- Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971
- Aschmann, Charles George, 1919-
- Berkeley College (Yale University)
- Bloom, Sol, 1870-1949
- Browder, Earl, 1891-1973
- Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973
- Capper, Arthur, 1865-1951
- Clarke, Samuel J.
- Conscientious objectors
- Curtiss, Joseph T., 1901-1992
- Dawson, Allan, 1913-
- Dennis, Lawrence, 1893-1977
- Dill, John
- Donald, George Kenneth, 1890-
- Forrestal, James, 1892-1949
- Ginsburg, Harvey Hillson, 1922-
- Haight, Gordon Sherman
- Hammond, Lansing V. (Lansing Van der Heyden), 1906-
- Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986
- Heymeyer, Alexander
- Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
- Kent, Sherman
- Knollenberg, Bernhard, 1892-1973
- Kunkel, John Crain, 1898-
- La Guardia, Fiorello H. (Fiorello Henry), 1882-1947
- Lane, Arthur Bliss, 1894-1956
- Leyburn, James Graham
- Lindbergh, Charles A. (Charles Augustus), 1902-1974
- Lohmann, Carl A. (Carl Albert), 1887-
- Luce, Clare Boothe, 1903-1987
- Luce, Henry Robinson, 1898-1967
- MacArthur, Douglas, 1909-
- MacLeish, Archibald, 1892-1982
- Mahoney, John Edward, 1921-
- Maloney, Francis Thomas, 1894-1945
- Mann, Erika, 1905-1969
- Mathias, Robert John, 1921-
- Maurer, Oscar E. (Oscar Edward), 1878-
- Mendenhall, Thomas C. (Thomas Corwin), 1910-1998
- Nichols, George E.
- O'Neal, Emmet, 1887-1967
- Pforzheimer, Walter L. (Walter Lionel), 1914-2003
- Preston, Austin Roe, 1894-1956
- Pruden, Russell G.
- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944
- Schreiber, Carl F. (Carl Frederick), 1886-1960
- Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
- Sizer, Theodore, 1892-1967
- Smith, J. Joseph, 1904-
- Taft, Robert A. (Robert Alphonso), 1889-1953
- Tinker, Chauncey Brewster, 1876-1963
- Tittmann, Harold H., 1893-1980
- Tuttle, H. E. (Henry Emerson), 1890-1946
- United States. Office of Strategic Services
- Wadsworth, James Wolcott, 1877-1952
- Weddell, Alexander Wilbourne, 1876-1948
- Wetherbee, Raymond, d.1945
- Wheeler, Burton K. (Burton Kendall), 1882-1975
- White, William Allen, 1868-1944
- Williamson, Harold Long, 1891-
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service
- Yale University -- History
- Guide to the Yale in World War II Collection
- compiled by Miriam Levi and staff of Manuscripts and Archives
- April 1980
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- May 2015: Finding aid revision description not supplied.