Voris, Alvin Coe, Letters

Range: 1860 - 1865 Size: .50 Record Group: 99/140

Alvin Coe Voris (1827-1904), an attorney from Akron, Ohio, served in the Ohio Legislature and then as commander of the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He rose to the rank of Brevet Major General commanding a Brigade and then a Division. His letters consist of correspondence to his wife, Lydia Allyn Voris, from 1860 through 1865 that relate his experiences as a soldier and officer in the Union Army.

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Vallen, George D.

Range: 1916 - 2013 Size: 1.25 Record Group: 99/173

The papers of George Dales Vallen Senior document George’s experiences during World War I.  His diary and correspondence covers the nine months before his enlistment, his time in the American Expeditionary Forces until he returned home on April 13, 1919.  Also included is a biography of George’s life written by his grandson in 2013, a picture of George in uniform, a picture of Company “F”, Company “F” rosters, maps of United State and German Division movements during WWI, photos of the 73rd Brigade of the 37th Division, a diary that had belonged to H.G. Lafferty a friend of George’s, correspondence between Charles Ustine and The American Battle Monument Commission, Mexican Border Patrol photographs and a two volume set on the history of the 37th Division during WWI.  Researchers interested in the experience of an enlisted man during the Great War or the war in general would find this collection useful.   To view the Letters and Diaries.

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Sylvia Smith Archives of Smith Publications & Sonic Arts Editions

Range: 1930s - 2000s Size: 30 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Sylvia Smith is a publisher of New and Experimental classical music and owner of Smith Publications & Sonic Art Editions. Her archives contain correspondence, manuscripts, scores, phonotapes, compact discs, videotapes of performances, and publications by and about composers including Milton Babbit, John Cage, Robert Erickson, Ben Johnston, Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Saunders Smith, and others.

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Polsley, John J.

Range: 1839 - 1948 Size: 0.5 cubic feet Record Group: 99/136

Lieutenant Colonel John J. Polsley served in the American Civil War in the 8th Regiment Virginia Volunteers, which later became the 7th Regiment West Virginia Cavalry. Polsley was captured in 1863 and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. The papers primarily contain correspondence to his wife, Ellen (Nelly) S. Donnally Polsley. He wrote of camp life and battles as well as his thoughts on war. Also included are letters to his father, Judge Daniel H. Polsley.

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Oral History of the Crime Victim Assistance Field

Range: 2002 - 2002 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group:

Includes video taped interviews with more than fifty of the fields' pioneers who made significant contributions to the progress and evolution of the crime victims' field.

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Oenslager, George, Papers

Range: 1850 - 1972 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

George Oenslager (1873-1956) was a chemist who worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio. He discovered that a derivative of aniline accelerated the vulcanization of rubber with sulfur, which was crucial to the commercialization of both natural and synthetic rubber. His papers consist of correspondence, financial records, photographs, biographical information, chemistry notes, manuals and equipment, and patents.


Ninth Air Force Association, Archives of the

Range: 1932 - 2012 Size: 39.36 cubic feet Record Group: 99/127

The Ninth Air Force is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command that carried out tactical bombing of enemy targets in support of the Allied ground forces and engaged in air to air fighter combat against enemy aircraft in the North African Campaign and European Theater of World War II. The Ninth Air Force also engaged in combat operations during the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Operation Desert Storm. The Ninth Air Force Association (9AFA) was established in 1990 to broaden public knowledge of the deeds and history of the Ninth Air Force and to honor and commemorate the sacrifices made by its members. The Archives of the 9AFA includes newsletters, membership lists, reunion programs, and photographs. It also contains unit histories and personal papers such as diaries, photographs, and oral histories of individuals who served in the Ninth Air Force, predominantly during World War II.

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Gross, Alan “AirshipAl” Collection

Range: 1922 - 2017 Size: 114 cubic feet Record Group: $content.recordGroup

Alan “AirshipAl” Gross is an airship aficionado and collector of all things airship.  He worked on the ground crew at the Flushing Airport in New York City and helped found two airship companies, Airships International Ltd. and Airship Enterprises Inc.  The collection includes information on various airships important in the history of lighter-than-air flight including the Goodyear, Budweiser, SeaWorld, Shamu, MetLife, Fuji, and Jordache blimps, to name a few.  Materials include press kits, flight manuals, drawings, books, journals, newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, videotapes and films, musical scores, phonograph recordings, inflatables, clothing, and airship toys and collectibles.  View the photographs and slides from the collection here.


Bath Volunteers for Service

Range: 1958 - 2013 Size: 14 Record Group: 99/179

Bath Volunteers for Service was founded in 1958 by the residents of Bath Township, Ohio. The charitable organization works to serve the community through fundraising and financial donation to the local school system, local businesses, and local recreation centers.

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B-26 Marauder Archives, Robert L. Holliday Papers

Range: 1942 - 2001 Size: 3 cubic feet Record Group: 100/1

Lt. Col. Robert L. "Hap" Holliday (1916-2013) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania served as a B-26 Marauder pilot in the 572nd and 573rd bomb squadrons of the 391st Bombardment Group during World War II. He flew 65 missions during the war, including the D-Day invasion. After the war Holliday worked as a sales engineer and later founder and president of R.L. Holliday Company. His papers include his military service records and correspondence and materials from the 391st Bomb Group Association, the B-26 Marauder Historical Society, and the B-26 Archives Advisory Council.

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B-26 Marauder Archives

Range: 1930 - 2008 Size: 200 cubic feet Record Group: 100

The Martin B-26 Marauder was a medium bomber used in the Pacific and European theaters of operation during World War II and on a limited basis during the Korean conflict. The B-26 Marauder Archives consists of photographs, letters, diaries, mission reports, microfilm, artifacts, and other materials that document the important contribution made by the B-26 Marauder and the men who flew and maintained them during the Second World War. The Archives also contains official records of numerous Marauder reunion groups including newsletters, membership lists, reunion programs, and photographs. The archives also includes published materials including bombardment group and squadron histories, personal accounts, and books and pamphlets on the Marauder men.

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