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Abel Alcala in India during WWII

Abel Alcala in India during WWII
Date: 1940s
Here are two photographs of Abel Alcala in India during WWII.

Dale Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Dale Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Starr, Dale
Date: Date Unknown
Dale Starr was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in October 1942 and served until 1946 in the 9th Engine Overhaul Squadron. He was trained at the National School of Aeronautics in Kansas City, Missouri, as an aircraft engine mechanic. He was then sent to Lackland and Stinson Air Force Bases in Texas. He was sent to Calcutta, India to work in a large air depot and supervised a number of Indian employees. He described his working and living experiences. He married his high school girlfriend during the war and she was with him part of the time he was in Texas. He returned to Soldier Kansas after the war and farmed. He used the G. I. Bill for some mechanical training at Soldier and for a loan to purchase 80 acres of land. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

Florence Nightingale correspondence

Florence Nightingale correspondence
Creator: Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910
Date: 1856 - 1897 (bulk 1877-1897)
These are original handwritten letters to and from Florence Nightingale, famous for being a pioneer English nurse. Topics include her health, her work and her interests in India and its irrigation systems, her mother's death, her correspondents' work and affairs (particularly Mr. Burton's children's institute), and other topics. Correspondents include, among others, Colonel James Fife, Alice Hepworth, F. H. Butler, and Mr. Burton. Also amongst the materials are dried flowers gathered from Cathcart's Hill in the Crimea. This correspondence is part of the historic psychiatry material in the Menninger Archives.

Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies

Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies
Creator: Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552
Date: Between A.D. 1552 and A.D. 1568
Hand-tinted woodcut map of the New World. The map's text is in Latin, except for a French title that translates as, "Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies." This map was the first to depict North and South America as separate from the rest of the world's land masses yet connected to each other by land. North America is labeled "Terra florida." Forests and mountains are indicated on the continents, and cannibals are depicted as living in present-day Brazil. All land masses and oceans are presented out of proper perspective. This map appeared in a French edition of the book Cosmographia by the German cartographer Sebastian Münster. The book was widely read, with about forty editions printed during the century following its first appearance in 1544.

Parcheesi set

Parcheesi set
Date: between 1918 and 1930
Parcheesi, Popular Edition. First trademarked by the Selchow & Righter Co. of New York in 1874, and registered in 1890 and 1918. Includes a folding game board as well as small box containing instructions, four dice cups, four pairs of dice, and four sets of four game tokens each. Parcheesi is a trademarked version of the traditional Indian game Pachisi.

Robert F. Shreffler collection

Robert F. Shreffler collection
Creator: Shreffler, Robert F.
Date: 1942 - 1945
The collection contains letters, photographs, newspaper articles and magazine articles documenting the China Burma Indian theater. Robert B. (Bob) Shreffler and his brother Howard (Bud) E. Shreffler, both employed by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway were assigned to the 758th. The 758th was sponsored by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway as part of the Military Railway Service in which all national class one railroad companies sponsored battalions. Included in the collection is a letter from Robert (Bob) Shreffler to Harry [Grassic] and the Gang, March 28, 1944, tells about India, the Indian people, conditions at the Army camp, their daily schedule, and the work they perform at the shops.

The key to culture

The key to culture
Creator: Haldeman-Julius, E. (Emanuel), 1888-1951
Date: 1928
Book edited by Emmanuel Haldeman-Julius of Girard, Kansas, describing the cultural distinctiveness of Buddhism and Confusionism found in Indian and Chinese society. Due to copyright restrictions, only the cover of the book is available in Kansas Memory at this time.

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