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World War II Resources
WWII Japanese Insignia
Accretion to the Plyer Collection, 2009-021
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.


I. Manuscript and Archival
  • Winston C. Babb Collection - contains geopolitical publications and propaganda from the World War II era, including a series of anti-German propaganda booklets titled the "Fight for Freedom" series, a series of pro-British propaganda, and other materials on Japan. Other regions of Asia, South America, and the formation of the United Nations are also represented.
  • Alester G. Furman, Jr. Papers -
    1. (Box 4, Folder 32) – Correspondence with Ian Hill, touches on impact of WWII
    2. (Box 9, Folders 4-6) – News clippings, account of Pearl Harbor, progress of WWII in 1943
  • Alester G. Furman III Collection – Accession #2008-085, Boxes 1-3 – Includes letters from WWII; Alester G. Furman III was a soldier in World War II, and this collection covers his correspondence with family members.
  • John Plyler, Jr. Collection accretion, accession #2008-098 – Includes information about Furman men who served in WWII
  • Furman University Historical Records RG 45/005A Historic Documents (Campus Events Box) – World War II Memorial Service
  • Furman University Historical Records RG 45/005A Historic Documents (Scrapbooks Box 3), (1941-1943 WWII), 1945
  • Furmaniana
    1. WWII file, see also individual files where “WWII” indicated
    2. Transcriptions of oral history interviews about Furman during World War II, specifically the returning students and how this affected Furman (see inventory of Oral Histories for individuals involved)
  • President John Plyler's Scrapbook Collection, Book One, 1938-1945
  • 20th Century American Newspaper Collection – headlines and front pages, 1939-1945
II. Books and Published Materials
  • Berlin diary; the journal of a foreign correspondent, William L. Shirer, 1941
  • A literary journey through wartime Britain, A.C. Ward, 1943
  • Four freedoms and God, Edwin McNeill Poteat, 1943
  • ... Journey among warriors, Eve Curie, 1943
  • Flight to Everywhere: A Picture Journey over 32,000 miles of Air Transport Command Routes through jungle, desert and arctic, Ivan Dmitri, 1944
  • They called it "Purple Heart Valley"; a combat chronicle of the war in Italy, Margaret Bourke-White, 1944
  • Sermons of a transport chaplain, Coy Muckle, 1946
  • A soldier's story, Omar N. Bradley, 1951
  • Shooting the Russian War, Margaret Bourke-White
  • Run silent, run deep, Edward L. Beach; with an introduction by Edward P. Stafford, 1955, reprinted 1986
  • Educational opportunities available for negro veterans within the South following World War II and prior to the Korean War, J. Paul Rice, 1956
  • Flying with the "Hell's Angels": memoirs of a B-17 Flying Fortress navigator: 303rd Bombardment Group (H), Eighth Air Force, 1943-1944, Samuel P. Fleming, 1991
  • The Devil's tale, Zig Boroughs, 1992
  • A life in physics: Bell Telephone Laboratories and World War II, Columbia University and the laser, MIT and government service, California and research in astrophysics, Charles Hard Townes, 1994
  • Greenville: the history of the city and county in the South Carolina Piedmont, Archie Vernon Huff, Jr, 1995
  • My father's prayer: a remembrance, Phyllis Tickle, 1995
  • The war years, 1942-1946, Laurin Currie McArthur, 1997
  • A history of popular women's magazines in the United States, 1792-1995, Mary Ellen Zuckerman, 1998
  • The essential America, George B. Tindall, 2001
  • From foxholes and flight decks: letters home from World War II: the remarkable story of Americans at war as revealed in their personal correspondence, Rod Gragg, 2002
  • The 508th connection, Zig Boroughs, 2004
  • Remembrances: memories of the Great Depression, World War II, teaching and doll collection, Frances Rish, 2003
  • Threads of victory [videorecording]: upcountry South Carolina during WWII, Don Koonce, 2008
  • Last letters from Attu: the true story of Etta Jones, Alaska pioneer and Japanese P.O.W., Mary Breu, 2009
  • World War II and Upcountry South Carolina: "We Just Did Everything We Could", Courtney L. Tollison with Virginia Cain, May Lauren Dirksen, and Kurt Linderer ; foreword by Walter Edgar, 2009
  • The edge of terror: the heroic story of American families trapped in the Japanese-occuppied Philippines , Scott Walker, 2009
  • Heroes, . . . Survivors: A book About South Carolinian Ex-Prisoner of War Experiences, Scott Walker, 2010
  • Mill Village to Morotai: Some Memories of Harry Coggins' Life in the Woodside Mill Village . . . and as a four engine bomber pilot, Harry Coggins, 2011
III. Artifacts
  • World Coin Collection, 08.05.096 – coin created between 1936 and 1943. This coin serves as a contrast to other pieces minted by Chinese Communists and Japanese occupied regimes of World War II.
  • John Plyer, Jr. Collection accretion, accession #2009-021 – Includes a WWII Japanese Insignia
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • A biographical dictionary of World War II, Christopher Tunney, 1972
  • The Simon and Schuster encyclopedia of World War II, Thomas Parrish, 1978
  • Who was who in World War II, John Keegan, 1978
  • World War II from an American perspective, 1983
  • The historical atlas of World War II, John Pimlott, 1995
  • Signals intelligence in World War II: a research guide, Donal J. Sexton, Jr, 1996
  • The Oxford companion to World War II, I.C.B. Dear, 1995
  • The biographical dictionary of World War II generals and flag officers: the U.S. Armed Forces, R. Manning Ancell, 1996
  • Historical dictionary of World War II: the war against Japan, Anne Sharp Wells, 1999
  • World War II in Europe: an encyclopedia, David T. Zabecki, 1999
  • The Holocaust and World War II almanac, Peggy Saari, 2001
  • World War II: a visual encyclopedia, John Keegan, 2001
  • World War II in the Pacific: an encyclopedia, Stanley Sandler, 2001
  • Rebels and renegades: a chronology of social and political dissent in the United States, Neil A. Hamilton, 2002
  • Encyclopedia of World War II: a political, social and military history, Spencer C. Tucker, 2005
V. Web Sites