The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently completed the processing and preservation re-housing of ten collections from its B-26 Marauder Archives. The work was performed by Kevin Klesta, the new Library Research Assistant/B-26 Marauder Archivist who replaced Mark Bloom in December 2012. Bloom was promoted to Archives Associate Senior in the department last November.
The collections recently processed and preserved include the papers of Richard C. Booth, an aircraft mechanic and Akron native; Charles H. Tilson, a flight instructor at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado; and Richard H. Denison, a navigator in the 386th Bomb Group. These papers provide unique perspectives into both World War II and post war experiences through diaries, military records, photographs, maps, and autobiographies. They include a wealth of historical information on the air war in the European Theater of Operations and document the personal experiences of individuals during the war. Finding aids to all ten collections were created and made available online through the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository, which is available at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/.
Archival Services is one of the largest repositories in the world of historical information on the B-26 Marauder, an aircraft of ill-repute that became recognized as one of the most successful medium range bombers in World War II. These materials and other collections that document World War II may be viewed by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building. The archives are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Questions regarding the collection can be directed to Archival Services by phone at 330-972-7670 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives.