Special Collections Department
World War II
Maps and Radio Broadcasts
Manuscript Collection Number: 325
Accessioned: Gift of the Stump Family, June 1994.
Extent: 2 linear ft.
Content: News clippings, typescripts of radio news broadcasts, and manuals.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: December 1995 by Jennifer Paul.
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
The collection is organized in three series: I. Maps and News Clippings, II. Radio Broadcasts, and III. Personal Affairs Office Manuals.
The maps and newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically, providing almost daily documentation of war operations in the European and Pacific theaters, from December 1941 to September 1945. The maps were originally kept in five dated notebooks, the first of which (December 1941 to March 1943) includes a detailed title index of the 486 maps contained therein. None of the other notebooks contains an index, although the majority of maps are clearly captioned. Interfiled with the newspaper clippings are transcribed speeches presented by Churchill, Roosevelt, and Hitler; as well as photographic clippings of tanks, aircraft, battleships, and other war materiel. From mastheads partially visible on the verso of many of the clippings, it appears that they came from the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Recorder. Emily Stump maintained the notebooks until September of 1944, when the responsibility fell to Eloise Adams.
The radio news broadcasts appear in reverse chronological order, reflecting Emily Stump's original organization. The carbon typescripts and mimeographs are dated and headed with station name and time of broadcast: either WOR 11:00 a.m. or WDEL 2:45 p.m. The WOR broadcasts also report stock market activity for the day (usually including Hercules).
The third series comprises Personal Affairs Office manuals and related materials, 1944-1945, which belonged to Lieutenant Stump. Stump appears to have attended training at the AAF Personal Affairs School at 141 Broadway, New York City, and some of the manuals bear his underlines and annotations. The Personal Affairs Office of the Army Air Forces notified families of casualties and provided information about benefits, health and life insurance, and restitution to veterans, widows, and families of deceased soldiers. Other Office areas of responsibility included the transportation corps, the female volunteer corps, prisoners of war, and the reintegration of soldiers into civilian life following military service.
The manuals, sample forms, memoranda and circulars, and pamphlets in this series represent administrative procedures for services provided by the Personal Affairs Office. As a whole, the series documents the Army Air Forces' efforts "to render every assistance possible to the next of kin of AAF military personnel listed as casualties." There are sample sympathy letters for notification of death, sample telegrams for reporting abandoned searches for missing servicemen, flow charts of services for prisoners of war, a map of camps and hospitals in Germany with POWs, and illustrations of Red Cross food parcels for POWs.
Other materials in the series relate to transportation of individuals, flow charts and guidelines for utilization of AAF women volunteers in the Personal Affairs Office, separation policies for military personnel, and benefits and insurance for veterans and their dependents. One brochure is titled "The Gateway to Opportunity for Veterans of World War No. 2" with "Questions and Answers for G.I. Joe and G.I. Jane," and another pamphlet is "Information for Soldiers Going Back to Civilian Life."
Nearly all of the original materials in this collection have been retained, but preservation copies have been made for all of the newspaper clippings in Series I.
Source:Polk's Wilmington (New Castle County, Del.) City Directory. Boston: R.L. Polk and Co., Inc., 1944. V 32, pp.370, 768.
I. Maps and newspaper clippings II. Radio broadcasts III. Personal Affairs Office manuals
Series I. Maps and newspaper clippings, 1941-1945 Note: Preservation copies of all maps and newspaper clippings are available for this series and should be used in place of the originals. Notebook 1, December 1941 - March 1943 1 F1 Index Dec 1941 - Jan 1942 F2  F3  1942 F4 Feb-Mar F5 Apr-May F6 Jul F7 Aug-Sep F8 Oct-Dec 1943 F9 Jan-Feb F10 Mar (Notebook 1, preservation copies) Dec 1941 - Jan 1942 F1a  F1b  1942 F1c Feb-Mar F1d Apr-May F1e Jul F1f Aug-Sep F1g Oct-Dec 1943 F1h Jan-Feb F1i Mar Notebook 2, April - December 1943 F11 1943, Apr-Dec Notebook 2, preservation copies F2a  F2b  F2c  Series I. Maps and clippings (cont'd) Notebook 3, January - September 1944 1 F12 1944, Jan-Sep (Notebook 3, preservation copies) F3a  F3b  F3c  F3d  Notebook 4, September 1944 - March 1945 F13 1944, Sep 28 - 1945, Mar 3 (Notebook 4, preservation copies) 2 F4a  F4b  F4c  F4d  Notebook 5, March - September 1945 F14 1945, Mar 6 - Sep 5 (Notebook 5, preservation copies) F5a  F5b  F5c  Series II. Radio broadcasts, 1942-1945 Arranged in reverse chronological order, as per Emily Stump's original files. 1945 F15 Jun 1 - Sep 12 F16 Jan 2 - May 31 1944 F17 Sep 1 - Dec 29 F18 Jun 5 - Aug 31 F19 1943, Jan 4 - Nov 1 F20 1942, Jan 2 - Dec 18 Series III. Personal Affairs Office Manuals 2 F21 PAO Casuality Handbook, April 1945 With additional policy file pages. F22 Prisoner of War Information Manual, February 1945 F23 Women volunteers, 1944-1945 F24 Separation of military personnel, 1945 Miscellaneous, 1944-1945 Readjustment allowances, VA business loans, reemployment rights, training programs, the G.I. Bill of Rights, Transportation Corps, War Bonds, Discharges, etc. F25  F26  National Service Life Insurance, 1944-1945 F27  F28  F29  F30  F31 
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