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World War II Diary of an American Soldier in Hawai'i, 1945-1946
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
Consists of a diary kept by an American soldier serving in World War II with entries covering the beginning and end of his time in the military. The entries briefly summarize each of his days from July 8, 1945 to January 31, 1946 in a few sentences; for the majority of his diary, he is stationed in Hawai'i. The entries begin by documenting his travels through the south from North Carolina or South Carolina to California and Washington where he had several weeks of training and orientation before he boarded the USS Victory for Hawaiʻi. Throughout his entries, he notes the various trainings, demonstrations, and lectures that he attends, varying from "class on tropical fruits and water supply," sanitation, and censorship to classes on stream crossing, scouting, demolition, and attacking fortifications. When he arrives in Hawai'i, he begins firefighter school and notes his classes on ladder work, nozzle holding, and fire extinguishers, as well their dry runs and drills. After his exam, he becomes an assistant station chief, and later becomes a station chief. He also notes his patrols, work details, and other duties. In addition to his training, he notes his recreational activities: playing volleyball, seeing USO shows, watching football and baseball games, and going to the movies.
Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.
Purchased from Kevin Jackson in September 2022 (AM 2023-100).
The collection is open and will continue to grow.
No material was separated during processing.
- Processing Information
These materials were processed and described by Amy C. Vo in October 2023.
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- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
- Credit this material:
World War II Diary of an American Soldier in Hawai'i; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box B-002044