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World War II Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 20 Sep 2011

Biographical History

World War II (1939-1945) was the second global conflict of the 20th century. It is generally considered to have begun in September of 1939 with Germany's invasion of Poland and the primary motivation behind it was Germany's determination to expand across Europe. On one side were the Allies (at first France, Poland, Britain and her Commonwealth, Australia, New Zealand and Canada; later joined by the United States, Russia and China) and on the other the Axis (primarily Germany, Italy and Japan). The war ended in Europe on 8 May 1945 (V-E Day) and in Asia three months later, on 15 August 1945 (V-J Day), shortly after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The World War II Collection consists of printed material, including: postcards, envelopes, a pin, a booklet entitled "The Jews in Nazi Germany" (1933), a V-E Day issue of a military newsletter (1945), and a report on German defense near Normandy printed by the U.S. Army XIX Corps (1944).

Arrangement of the Collection

No particular order.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

American Jewish Committee -- The Jews in Nazi Germany.
United States. -- Army. -- Corps, 19th.
United States. -- Army. -- Infantry, 29th.


Jews -- Germany -- History -- 1800-1933.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Normandy.
World War, 1939-1945.


Normandy (France) -- Geography.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

World War II Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information


Table of Contents

Printed material