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Eighth Air Force Archive, 1939–2009
Eighth Air Force archive, 1939-2009
HCLA 1538
Title: Eighth Air Force archive
Dates (Inclusive): 1939-­‐2009
Creator: Eighth Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation
Abstract: The Eighth Air Force archive documents both the ighter and bomber groups that served in Europe
and Africa during World War II and the Eighth Air Force veterans organizations nationwide. It
contains books, photographs, audio-­‐visual materials, oversize graphic materials, artifacts,
memorabilia, microilm, and organizational records donated by veterans and their families.
Collection Number: HCLA 1538
Size: 127.86 Cubic Feet
Size: 670 items
Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library catalog.
Repository: Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages: English
The Eighth Air Force was organized January 28, 1942. Dedicated to the strategic bombing of Germany, the Eighth Air Force's
daylight strikes and the Royal Air Force's night bombardment led to the dislocation and destruction of Germany's infrastructure
and economy. The Eighth Air Force archive is the result of the efforts of James Hill, the editor of the 8th AF News. In 1990, Mr. Hill
began collecting papers, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia from members of the 8th Air Force. Mr. Hill passed away in
1998, and the 8th Air Force Memorial Museum Foundation (8AFMMF) currently coordinates the acquisition and transfer of
historical materials from veterans of the 8th Air Force to the archive at Penn State. In 1998, donors Sherry Petska Middlemas and
George Middlemas Jr. established the Albert M. Petska Libraries Endowment to honor the memory of their fathers, both Air Force
veterans. Albert M. Petska served in the 8th Air Force, and George M. Middlemas Sr. served in the 15th Air Force. This endowment
provides for acquisitions and preservation.
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This collection is arranged in eight series: Veterans' papers veterans groups and memorial societies photographs books audio-­‐
visual newsletters images and exhibit.
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Physical Restrictions
Some materials in this collection are stored offsite, please allow three days for retrieval before use.
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identiication of item], Eighth Air Force archives, HCLA 1538, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.
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Series 1: Veterans' papers
Series 2: Veterans groups and
Memorial societies
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Books
Series 5: Audio-­‐Visual
Series 6: Newsletters
Series 7: Images
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