America and World War II

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Color Photographs from the FSA [Farm Security Administration] and OWI [Office of War Information] Home Page
"The FSA color photographs depict life in the U.S., including Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with a focus on rural areas and farm labor...[the OWI] depicted life and culture in the U.S., with a focus on factories and women employees, railroads, aviation training, and other aspects of World War II mobilization."
American Memory, The Library of Congress

Dr. Seuss Went to War:
A Catalog of Political Cartoons By Dr. Seuss
400 political cartoons by Theodor Seuss Geisel penned from 1941-1943 in the New York newspaper PM.
Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego

Historic Government Publications From World War II - A Digital Library
First phase in the creation of a online database of government publications from WWII.
Southern Methodist University

HyperWar
A Hypertext History of the Second World War
"...a collection of material related to the, primarily military, history of the Second World War, completely cross-referenced via hypertext links and enhanced, where appropriate, by various multi-media computer technologies, such as sound, movies, Java applets, etc...The source of the material presented here is almost exclusively U.S. Government produced, -- and therefor U.S.-oriented."
By Patrick Clancey

HOLOCAUST: The Untold Story
"...Although major American newspapers had been receiving reports of the mass extermination of Jews in Europe, the stories rarely reached the front pages, except in the Jewish press. Could a more aggressive press in the United States during World War II have saved lives? This exhibit dispels the myth that the Holocaust was a secret and explores the reasons why America's newspapers downplayed the horrifying reports from Europe."
- Online exhibit from Newsuem.

The Last Wave from Port Chicago
"The result of a 20 year investigation into the July 17, 1944 explosion at the Port Chicago Naval Magazine. This web-based book chronicles the total history of the explosion and connections with Los Alamos and the Manhattan Project."
By Peter Vogel

Library of Congress - Exhibitions

  • Churchill and the Great Republic
    "This exhibition preview examines the life and career of Winston Spencer Churchill and emphasizes his lifelong links with the United States--the nation he called 'the great Republic.' The exhibition comes nearly forty years after the death of Winston Churchill and sixty years after the D-Day allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France during World War II. It commemorates both of these events."

National Archives and Records Administration

  • Implementation of the Japanese Imperial Government Disclosure Act and the Japanese War Crimes Provisions of the Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act - (dead link) (March 2002)
    IWG Reports to Congress on U.S. Declassification of WWII Japanese War Crimes Records

Navajo Code Talkers
Record of the legislation Honoring the Navajo Code Talkers bill introduced by Senator Jeff Bingman.
Sections include: The Ceremony [Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony and Congressional Silver Ceremony] ; The Medal ; The Call ; The Code ; The Men ; The Legislation.
- Senator Jeff Bingman

  • Public Law No. 106-554
    signed by the President on 21 December 2000. The bill was part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY2001.
Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II Web Archive
Mostly Rutgers College alumni and Douglas College alumnae (formally, New Jersey College for Women).
"During its six years of existence, the project achieved an impressive record of success. More than 300 individuals have been interviewed and a pool of over 400 individuals have completed preliminary surveys and await their interviews."

"A Summons to Comradeship" - World War I and II Posters
"The University of Minnesota Libraries owns six thousand items and the Minneapolis Public Library's collection consists of nearly two thousand posters. Both collections contain posters from government, commercial, and charitable organizations. These collections are multi-national in scope...This database will grow over a two-year period to 6,000 images."

They Drew Fire
Combat Artists of World War II
"This Web site is a companion to the PBS documentary They Drew Fire, airing nationally on May 15th, 2000. Here you will find an extensive art gallery displaying the pieces shown in the film, as well as other paintings by the combat artists. Many of these images have been hidden from the public eye since the time of the war. In addition, biographies of the artists themselves help fill out their stories as seen in the film. The site also provides a page of resources, including information about the history of World War II combat art programs, addresses of museums where the art is kept, and information about the filmmakers, for viewers interested in learning more."
PBS Online

University of Hawai'i at Manoa - Digital Archive Collection

Voices of World War II: Experiences from the Front and at Home
"A project in partnership with the Truman Presidential Museum and Library. Audio from the collections of the Marr Sound Archives, Dept. of Special Collections, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri, Kansas City."

War and War-Era Movies
Sections include: US Civil War ; World War I ; Spanish Civil War ; World War II ; Korean War ; Vietnamese War ; World War III.
UC Berkeley - Media Resources Center

What Did You Do in the War, Grandma?
An Oral History of Rhode Island Women during World War II
Written by students in the Honors English Program at South Kingstown High School

Internment of German-Americans During World War II

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