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John Harrison, WWII Military Records

Identifier: MS-0015

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Collected by John Harrison, YANK, the Army Weekly provided a glimpse into the world of journalism during World War II. United States service troops published the Yank and Stars and Stripes for those enlisted in the U.S. military. Harrison, an enlisted man from New York state, served as part of the weekly's staff. He went to Australia in 1942 and served in the Pacific throughout the war.  For much of this period he was a business manager of Yank Down Under and Yank Far East in Manila.

The records contain correspondence to and from Harrison about production, shipment, personnel, and policy concerns in the Pacific. Other mimeographed letters went out to all staff members in every theater of the war from the main office in New York City. These outlined editorial policies, suggestions on how best to frame stories, types of material wanted by the readers, relations with the military hierarchy, and the activities of various correspondents. Harrison's papers have a few personal letters from a woman in Australia, his father in New York, and journalist friends. 

The records include photographs, such as pre-war professionally taken photos of China. There are unidentified snapshots of men and women that were probably taken in Australia and New Guinea and a series of photographs from a military holiday party.


  • 1941-1945


0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Part of the Archives & Special Collections, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Repository

Archives & Special Collections
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
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Lincoln NE 68588-4100 United States