WWII-Cold War Era Collection Seeking Home

Matthew Peek's picture

Hey, everyone! I'm reaching out to you all on behalf of an old history professor of mine for her father's military collection. The archival collection covers his time in the Pacific Theater as a U.S. Army Air Forces B-29 bombardier and navigator in WWII towards the end of the war. He flew over China to Korea, delivering relief supplies, as well as bombing missions over Japan. He was from New York and graduated from/recruited for CIA at Yale. After WWII in the 1950s he was in the CIA in France, preparing for the French Resistance in case of a Russian Cold War takeover. In the 1960s, he taught at UC-Riverside for 15 years, then at Miami University (OH) for 20 years. He directed the UC program in Bordeaux, France; and he taught for a year in Berkeley as a visiting professor.


He has photo albums from WWII and CIA time in France, letters after the war while he was in Europe, a small diary from his European travels after WWII and before 1953, records, and other materials covering this period. The donor wants all the stuff to go to one institution, and is having some places turn her down. If any archival institution might be interested, I can get you in touch. Or, if you know of any institution or collection that might collect such materials, please let me know off list.

I work for Air University's Academic Services at Maxwell AFB, which includes our Library and Archive (Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center)--and my boss says that we'd be VERY interested in this. Please drop me a line margaret.sankey@au.af.edu and we can enter into diplomatic talks.

One place that might be interested is the Center for the Study of War and Society at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. https://csws.utk.edu