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Oregon State Yank Collection, 1942-1945

Broadcasting at an armed forces radio station, January 24, 1945. On the right is Captain Franklin K. Tourtellotte.

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MSS Yank

The Oregon State Yank Collection consists of correspondence from Oregon State College alumni serving in the military during World War II.

Historical Note 

Scope and Content Note


1.35 cubic feet


All of the correspondence has been assigned individual item numbers. Most of the letters are arranged chronologically by the date they were written with the exception of about one hundred letters that are arranged first by the writer's name and then chronologically. These latter items include correspondence from Richard B. Kennedy and his wife Dorothy as well as Bruce Reid, Robert Lefler, Ray Quinn, and Jack Floyd.

An item-level inventory including the item number, the correspondent's name and location, and the date of the correspondence was prepared by Elaine Kollins Sewell Jones and donated with the letters.

The primary format of the materials is hand-written correspondence. However, the collection includes about 70 pieces of V-mail, 50 postcards, and a few telegrams.

Approximately 225 items (numbers 729-958) consist of typescripts of correspondence for which the original materials are not available.

Related Papers

All 8 issues of the Oregon State Yank are available in the Archives' Publications Collections (PUB 10-15c).

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