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About this collection

So far, the State Historical Society of Missouri's World War II digital collection includes photographs and letters from servicemen during the war. Over time, more manuscript materials will be added.

The entire collection can be viewed here.

Use the search box near the top of the page to search the collection.

Of particular note is the SHS's ongoing project to digitize our large "WWII Letters" collection (C0068). This collection is the result of a joint project of the Western Historical Manuscripts Collection and radio broadcaster Ted Malone. Malone, who grew up in Missouri and began his career at KMBC in Kansas City in 1929, spent 30 years hosting the show "Between the Bookends" first on the CBS, and later the ABC, radio networks. In 1945, Malone appealed to his listeners to send in letters that they had received from loved ones during the war. Over 3000 people from all over the United States responded, often sending in handwritten copies of the original letters along with cover letters addressed to Malone. These materials are now preserved at the State Historical Society of Missouri. Over time, the entire collection will be scanned and presented online. A direct link to the letters can be found here

Our Editorial Cartoons collection also contains numerous cartoons from the World War II period.

A guide to all SHS resources on World War II is available here.

 

 
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