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Coronet Magazine Military History Project Records

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Title: Coronet Magazine Military History Project Records
Inclusive Dates: 1862-1970
Quantity: 4.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence and memorabilia to, from, and about soldiers (Civil War through Korea)
Language: Majority in English, one book in German
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Coronet Magazine was published from October 13, 1936 to March 1971 and ran for 299 issues.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Coronet Magazine Military History Project Records consists of correspondence and World War II material.

Correspondence consists of letters, postcards and other correspondence sent home by American soldiers in five wars -- Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, and Korea. There is also a Civil War diary for the year 1892 and extensive collections of letters from a World War I private and a World War II officer, as well as a small amount of memorabilia.

World War II in Europe items include a Nazi flag, a Nazi history book, aerial photographs, maps and newspapres/news clippings (e.g., 8 Dec 1942 with headline "JAPAN STARTS WAR.").

A small number of military pamphlets relating to Nuclear war complete the collection.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically by war. World War II in Europe material is arranged alphabetically by type of material.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Access to audiorecordings requires advance notice to produce a use copy.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings

Associated Titles

Coronet -- Archives.


Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal narratives.
Military history -- United States.
Nuclear warfare -- Pamphlets.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal narratives.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives.


United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.

Genres and Forms

Aerial photographs.
Maps (documents)
Sound recordings.
Tape reels.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Coronet Magazine Military History Project Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Esquire, Inc., 1961-62.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: Jan 1978
Revision history: 7 Aug 2008 - converted to EAD (MRC); Mar 2016 - rehoused, flattened, inventory expanded substantially (MS)

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Civil War
Box 1 Miscellanous writings - includes a diary and "Soldier's Pocketbook"
Oversize 3 Memorabilia - buttons from uniform of Grand Army of the Republic
World War I
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1918 - Garton S. Churchill, Floyd B. Bremerman, Russell Mustard, Leonard Pratt, Robert Bloomingdale and others; includes photographs and postcards
Box 1 Snyder, John G. 1917-1920 - letters to his father in Illinois; includes photographs
World War II
Box 1 Churchill, S. Garton 1942-1946 - New York City attorney who wrote a serialized letter to soldiers on his mailing list, arranged as "volumes" bu him; contains both letters he wrote and letters sent to him by others (2 volumes)
Box 2 Churchill, S. Garton 1942-1946 - New York City attorney who wrote a serialized letter to soldiers on his mailing list, arranged as "volumes" bu him; contains both letters he wrote and letters sent to him by others (1 volume)
Box 2 Gifford, Jr., Eli G. ("Biz"), Captain 1940-1945 (3 folders)
Box 3 Miscellaneous 1942-1945 (3 folders)
Box 3 Casey, Charles - letter from Casey, possibly transcribed by his mother Helen Long Casey as it is on her stationery, with notes at the end that talk about her son's death; also two letters from Casey's commanding officers
Viet Nam
Box 4 Breslau, Roger C. 1969-1970 - Air Force major and surgeon; letters to and from former patients and friends in the military
Box 4 Farris, George K. 1966 - letters to his parents
Box 4 Foley, John B. 1965-1966 - letters to Betsy Cran of Chicago and from Tony Puglio
Box 4 Kempner, Marion Lee 1942-1966 - bound volume of letters from Lt. Kempner, self-published by his parents after his death as "Letters from Sandy" (Stinehour Press, Lunenberg, VT)
Box 4 Unidentified, Tom to Janalee 1968-1970
Box 5 Recording, "Dave Matloff #1" Sep 1967 1 3" reel (ID#: coronet_mil_001)
Box 5 Recording, "Dave Matloff #2" Dec 1967 1 3" reel (ID#: coronet_mil_002)
Box 5 Recording, "Dave Matloff #3" May 1968 1 3" reel (ID#: coronet_mil_003)
World War II in Europe
Box 4 Aerial photographs
Tube 1 "Graphic history of the 29th" - one sheet with cartoons and humorous captions regarding the adventures of the 29th Infantry in Europe
Oversize 2 Magazines
Tube 1 Maps - large military-issue maps of areas in France and Germany, some with handwritten annotations and markings, including one hand-annotated as "Omaha Beach"
Oversize 3 Memorabilia - large Nazi banner, 2 framed photographs
Military manuals
Oversize 1 Breaching the Siegfried Line (2 volumes)
Oversize 1 Defenses of Brest - includes large oversize foldout map; various other items laid in
Oversize 1 Mission accomplished
Oversize 1 Normandy to the Elbe
Oversize 4 News clippings
Oversize 3 Photobook, Deutschland Erwacht (Germany Awakens), Cigaretten Bildendienst, Altona-Bahrenfeld 1933 - Third Reich propaganda book containing dozens of printed and tipped-in photos as well as a very large (4') foldout photo of a rally in Nuremberg; an early publishing effort by the Nazi Party shortly after Adolf Hitler was appointed Chancellor
Oversize 1 Scrapbook, postcards
Oversize 2 Scrapbook, postcards
Nuclear war
Box 4 Pamphlets, military

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