Captain Colin P. Kelly Telegram

246051
Date
1941-12-12
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
Colin Purdie Kelly, Jr., of Madison County, Florida became one of America's first heroes of World War II. A 1937 graduate of West Point, the twenty-nine year old Kelly was a B-17 pilot in the Army Air Corps, stationed in the Philippines in December 1941 when the islands came under Japanese attack. O...
Type
text

Midwifery

246052
Date
1942
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
During the late nineteenth and early-to-mid twentieth centuries, midwives commonly attended to women during childbirth, particularly in the ethnic communities in the North and in black communities in the American South. By the 1920s and 1930s, immigration restrictions limiting the influx of new midw...
Type
text

Blackout orders for Palm Beach, Florida

246053
Date
1942
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
During World War II, to deter air and submarine attacks, the Federal government's Office of Civilian Defense and the various State Defense Councils enforced a variety of blackout restrictions. This was particularly important along Florida's long, exposed coastline, where lights from houses, hotels, ...
Type
text

Office of War Information Document on Rationing

246054
Date
1941
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
During the Second World War, shortages of a variety of civilian goods became commonplace. In ensure fair distribution, and that vital materials would be conserved for military use, the Federal government implemented a rationing policy on a wide variety of products. Gasoline, rubber, bicycles, shoes,...
Type
text

World War II Posters, ca. 1942-1944

246055
Date
1942
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
These World War II posters portray a variety of war-time themes including conservation and rationing, espionage and counterespionage, war bonds, war production, health, and the allies. The posters were produced primarily by the United States government and distributed in Florida by the State Defense...
Type
text

Blanding, Albert Hazan, 1876-1970

246056
Date
1944-11-20
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
In 1940, prior to direct American involvement in World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt initiated the first peacetime draft in United States history, and mobilized elements of the National Guard. Most members of the Florida National Guard, which was part of the Thirty-first, or Dixie Division, w...
Type
text

Telegram from Gov. Millard F. Caldwell to President Harry S. Truman (August 13, 1945), with reply (August 14, 1945)

246057
Date
1945-08-13
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
The nine days of August 6-14, 1945, witnessed the final days of World War II in the Pacific and Japan’s agreement to surrender. Japan’s prior refusal to surrender encouraged President Harry S. Truman to order the dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Three days later, on Aug...
Type
type

V-J Day Proclamation, 1945

246058
Date
1945-08-10
Collection
Significant Documents
Description
The United States entered the Second World War in December 1941, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For the next fours years Americans participated in what was arguably the greatest national endeavor in our nation's history. World War II had an enormous impact on the state of Flo...
Type
text

Map of Clearwater, 1942

323106
Date
1942
Collection
Florida Maps
Type
stillimage

Camp Murphy

274026
Date
2015-01-07
Collection
Blog Posts

Ernest “Boots” Thomas: Florida’s Unsung Hero

332826
Date
2018-02-23
Collection
Blog Posts
Type
text

Florida’s First Lady at War

333284
Date
2018-06-06
Collection
Blog Posts

"A V Letter for You" pamphlet

297385
Date
1942
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Pamphlet for Victory Corps encouraging young people to stay healthy; includes suggestions for keeping good health in preparation for the war effort.
Type
text

"Help Beat the Axis with Prophylaxis" flier

297396
Date
1942
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Flier advising service men to use prophylactics to prevent venereal disease; includes a list of army medical stations that provide them.
Type
text

Leaflet encouraging Leon County citizens to grow food at home, ca. 1940s

297595
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Leaflet published by the Food and Agricultural Committee of the Leon County Defense Council during World War II. The leaflet encouraged farm families to conserve food supplies by growing more food at home, and lists suggested quantities. The language of the document includes an appeal to the patriot...
Type
text

Victory Farm Volunteers brochure, July 1943

297596
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Brochure describing the Victory Farm Volunteers program, a subsidiary program of the U.S. Crop Corps. The brochure called on American boys and girls to work on farms to help support the effort to produce the necessary amount of food for the war effort. Victory Farm Volunteers were paid wages, althou...
Type
text

Oath of Allegiance for Rebecca Lamar Hickey, 1943

297597
Date
9/13/1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Oath of allegiance for Rebecca Lamar Hickey of Apalachicola in Franklin County. Mrs. Hickey had assumed the office of Chairman of the Division of Recreation in the Franklin County Defense Council, a local subsidiary of the State Defense Council.
Type
text

Be a Victory Farm Volunteer in the U.S. Crop Corps - poster

297598
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging boys and girls to become Victory Farm Volunteers through the U.S. Crop Corps. This was a program jointly managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the various state education departments to encourage young men and women to take up farmwork to ease the labor shortage during...
Type
text

Plant a Victory Garden, Our Food is Fighting - poster

297599
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging families to grow their own vegetables in "Victory Gardens." By producing their own food, American families would help conserve supplies of processed foods for use by American soldiers and other operatives.
Type
text

Rationing Means a Fair Share for All of Us - poster

297600
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging citizens to comply with the rationing system in place during World War II. Many consumer goods such as rubber, fuel, meat, bread, sugar, and other items were strictly rationed to conserve supplies for the war effort.
Type
text

Serve Our Fighting Men Abroad, Conserve These Services at Home - poster

297601
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging citizens to conserve electricity, water, communications, and transportation space for the war effort. Government agencies used a variety of posters and slogans to encourage citizens to fight waste and hoarding during World War II.
Type
text

Save Your Cans, Help Pass the Ammunition - poster

297602
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging citizens to save cans and turn them in so they could be recycled for wartime purposes during World War II. The poster includes instructions for preparing the cans for reuse. The image used in the poster is signed by McClelland Barclay, US Navy Reserve.
Type
text

Official Civilian Defense Insignia - poster

297603
Date
1942
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster showing the various insignia used by the divisions of the Office of Civilian Defense and their subsidiaries throughout the United States during World War II. The Office of Civilian Defense encouraged all citizens to volunteer in some capacity during the war - local defense councils handled wa...
Type
text

Florida Buys for Victory - U.S. Defense Bonds & Stamps - poster

297604
Date
1942
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster promoting Florida's support for the effort to buy U.S. war bonds and stamps.
Type
text

Find Your War Job in Industry - Agriculture - Business - poster, 1943

297605
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster produced by the United States Office of War Information showing a woman working at a machine saying, "I've found the job where I fit best." The poster encourages citizens, women in particular, to get jobs in industry, agriculture, or business.
Type
text

Grow Your Own, Can Your Own - poster, 1943

297606
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging citizens to grow and preserve their own food to help conserve processed food supplies for wartime use. This was Poster #57 produced by the United States Office of War Information. The poster's princpal image depicts a woman and her daughter canning vegetables together.
Type
text

Work on a Farm This Summer, Join the U.S. Crop Corps - poster

297607
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging citizens to work on a farm during the summer months to help ease the ongoing farm labor shortage during World War II. The poster directed readers to see the nearest U.S. Employment Service location or a local county agent to learn more about joining the U.S. Crop Corps.
Type
text

Be a Cadet Nurse, the Girl with a Future Poster, ca. 1943

297608
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging women to sign up to join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II. Distributed by the United States Office of War Information.
Type
text

What Women Do in the WAAC Poster, ca. 1943

297609
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster describing women's contributions in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, as well as what they were typically paid. The poster describes typical duties and eligibility requirements.
Type
text

Join the Army Nurse Corps Poster, 1943

297610
Date
1943
Collection
Selected Documents
Description
Poster encouraging women to join the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Interested citizens could apply at Red Cross recruiting stations.
Type
text

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