Philadelphia Record World War II servicemen photographs


Collection 3945

1943-1944
(5.5 Linear feet ; 11 boxes)

Summary Information

Repository
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Philadelphia Record.
Title
Philadelphia Record World War II servicemen photographs
ID
3945
Date [inclusive]
1943-1944
Extent
5.5 Linear feet ; 11 boxes
Author
Finding aid prepared by Kristina Wilson.
Sponsor
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Award # MA-31-14-0178-14.
Language
English
Abstract
After the entry of the United States into World War II (1941-1945), the Philadelphia Record newspaper began publishing photographs of and articles about servicemen from Philadelphia and the surrounding regions. The resultant collection is comprised of these photographs and any accompanying information originally used for publication, and later, reference purposes.

Preferred Citation note

Cite as: [Indicate cited item here], Philadelphia Record World War II Serviceman Photographs (Collection 3945), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Biographical/Historical note

Founded in 1877, the Philadelphia Record long held standing as one the Philadelphia area’s most esteemed newspapers. Initially owned by William Singerly, the paper was purchased by the locally prominent Wanamaker family in 1898 and then by newspaper magnate J. David Stern in 1928.

In the 1930s, competition stiffened between the Record and its primary morning competitor, the  Philadelphia Inquirer, and in 1947 the  Record went out of business, ultimately selling its assets to the  Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

Almost 1.25 million Pennsylvanians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II. As one of the leading newspapers serving the Philadelphia region, the Philadelphia Record regularly published photographs and articles about local servicemen. In the process, staff for the newspaper compiled a photograph file that they maintained for reference purposes as well as publication.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of approximately 7500 black and white photographs (2.2 linear feet). Each photograph, at minimum, lists the name of each serviceman on verso in pencil. Some photographs also contain the additional information of next of kin. The photographs are either provided by the military or are candid images taken by Record or other photographers such as next of kin. Some photographs have further background on the image and, in some cases, are attached to the article in which the photograph originally appeared.

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Arrangement note

The photographs are in individual envelopes arranged alphabetically by last name.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania ; 2015.

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Conditions Governing Access note

The collection is open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 5 July 1951.

Processing Information note

Processing made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this finding aid do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania also houses:

Collection V07, the Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue, tens of thousands of photographs pertaining to significant local, national and global events and personages, c. 1900-1947.

Collection 3344, the Philadelphia Record News Clippings Morgue (unprocessed), vast amount of clippings of numerous people, events and subjects used by the  Philadelphia Record, c. 1900-1947.

Collection 3944, Philadelphia Record World War II Casualty Cards, approximately 20,000 3x5 cards listing the soldier's name, rank, branch of service, his status, and the war arena in which he served, c. 1944-1945.

Collection 3946, the Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue Reference Library, additional reference material pertaining to select topics within the Subject series of the  Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue, c. 1900-1947.

Collection 3945, the Philadelphia Record World War II Servicemen Photographs, which includes approximately 7500 black and white photographs, c. 1943-1944. Each photograph, at minimum, lists the name of each soldier on verso in pencil.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs.

Subject(s)

  • Soldiers--United States--History--20th century.
  • Soldiers--United States--Portraits.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Journalism.
  • World War, 1939-1945--Photography.
  • World War, 1939-1945.

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Collection Inventory

Box

Abari - Brovey 

1

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Brown - Davis, Robert 

2

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Davis, Russell - Fordyce 

3

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Forgeng - Harding, J. 

4

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Harding, L. - Keller, F. 

5

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Keller, J. - Lynch, E. 

6

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Lynch, J. - Montgomery, T. 

7

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Montufer - Porter 

8

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Porth - Serratore 

9

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Sevi - Tuft 

10

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Tull - Zulian 

11

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