World War II Finding Aid

A new finding aid has been added to the Military Collection finding aids page:

World War II Papers, 1939 – 1947 – The State of North Carolina provided over 370,000 men and women to serve in all theaters of the war and in all branches of the military. Just as in the First World War, the largest number of North Carolinians served in the United States Army, but sizeable numbers served in the Navy, Army Air Corps, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. On the home front, tens of thousands of Tar Heel civilians aided the war effort by working in vital war industries, purchasing war bonds and stamps, producing food, working in important state and federal positions, and by working in various family and troop support activities such as the United Services Organization (USO) and the American Red Cross. A Collector of War Records was appointed in October, 1942 to coordinate the State’s efforts in collecting and preserving the records pertaining to North Carolina and its citizens, and their part in World War II. This collection is a result of those efforts and contains general correspondence concerning the war effort, recruiting propaganda, camp publications, diaries, and other publications. The collection also includes information about war activities in North Carolina counties; out-of-state war record activities; various Private Collections; and the records of the Office of Civilian Defense and of the United War Fund of North Carolina. (ca. 395 boxes)