Newspapers are an incredible resource to find photographs and information about WWII soldiers, sailors, and Marines. When I was at the FGS Conference two weeks ago, I spoke to Dennis Northcott, the Associate Archivist for Reference at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center. He told me a little about the WWII holdings at the Library and Research Center. I plan to visit the Museum and Library later this year and provide more information on the holdings.
For those looking for photographs of St. Louis, Missouri soldiers, sailors, and Marines, you might explore the following collections.
The collections are described as:
Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings regarding World War II casualties clipped from several St. Louis newspapers, primarily the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. Many articles describe the circumstances in which the soldier was killed, wounded, captured, or reported missing. Names of relatives of military personnel that are mentioned in the articles have also been indexed (perhaps more than half of the names indexed are not soldiers). Some articles are accompanied by a photograph of the soldier or sailor. The scrapbook includes some articles regarding soldiers killed or injured in the U.S. while not on duty, and articles regarding nurses, missionaries, and civilians who were captured or killed.
Want to know more? Check out the 742 page Guide to the Archival Collections.
Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center
P.O. Box 11940 St. Louis, MO 63112-0040
Do you know of another repository that has a great newspaper collection? Please share the information in the comments.
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