War Years Acquisitions Endowment

In Paris on August 29, 1944, Soldiers from Pennsylvania's Twenty-eighth Infantry Division march along the Champs-Elysees
Paris, August 29, 1944. Soldiers from Pennsylvania's Twenty-eighth Infantry
Division march along the Champs-Elysees.
(photo by Peter J. Carroll. From Memories of WWII: Photographs from the Archives
of the Associated Press

The War Years Acquisitions Endowment was established with gifts from Mr. and Mrs. James A. Robinson and the family of Harold D. Breazeale, Sr. in his memory.

Funds generated by the War Years Acquisitions Endowment will be used to acquire and preserve materials relating to all aspects of World War II. This endowment already has helped the library acquire strong collections of memoirs and personal narratives from those who served. These first hand accounts provide both a fascinating personal perspective on the war and rich primary materials for the scholar. Over 300 items have been purchased through the Endowment, covering all aspects of World War II, from Europe to the Pacific to the home front.

Bookplate for the War Years Acquisition Endowment

The fund also accepts memorials for and materials from individuals who served in World War II. One such gift came from Mr. Hugh Wilson of West Columbia. From his personal collection, Wilson donated Desert Rat Sketch, written and illustrated by Clifford Saber, as well as a two-volume edition ofThe West Point Atlas of American Wars, edited by Brigadier General Vincent J. Esposito.

One research collection the library acquired with the endowment is the Records of the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American flying unit in the Army Air Forces.

The following titles are a small sample of the kind of materials in the collection:

Cover of the Book, Doing Their Bit
Doing Their Bit: Wartime American
Animated Short Films 1939-1945
Michal S. Shull and David E. Wilt

Soldiering for Freedom: A GI's Account of World War II / Herman J. Obermayer. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2005.

Doing their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939-1945 / Michael S. Shull and David E. Wilt. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2004.

Healers in World War II: Oral Histories of Medical Corps Personnel / edited by Patricia W. Sewell. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, c2001.

Liberty: Ships that Won the War / Peter Elphick. Anapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2001.

Knocking Down Barriers: My Fight for Black America / Truman K. Gibson, Jr., with Steve Huntley. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press, c2005.

Studies on the Holocaust: Selected Writings / Randolph L. Braham. New York : Columbia University Press, 2000.

To learn more about books and other materials purchased through the War Years Acquisition Endowment, search the library catalog by keyword using "War Years Endowment".

To donate to this fund and for additional information, please contact us.

U.S. Marines raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima
U.S. Marines raise the American
flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima
(photo by Joe Rosenthal).

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