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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives


MG-356

DANIEL B. STRICKLER COLLECTION

Series Descriptions


Camp Atterbury Files,
1950-1952, & undated.
(5 folders)

{series #356m.1} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Daniel B. Strickler while stationed at Camp Atterbury, Indiana. Recipients and senders of the correspondence include Worthington Scranton, Adjutant General Frank Weber, John M. Groff, Norman D. Cota, law offices, construction companies, the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, Republican committees, the Society of the 28th Division, the US Senate and the Pennsylvania Senate, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Simplex Paper Box Corporation, among others.

College and University Life Files,
1910-1952.
(4 folders)

{series #356m.2} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Papers concerning Daniel B. Strickler's collegiate career at Cornell University, Franklin & Marshall, and other institutions. A number of the papers in this series deal with athletics and fraternity life. They include correspondence, minutes of athletic association meetings, and programs for athletic events.

Correspondence,
1917-1955.
(20 folders)

{series #356m.3} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Daniel B. Strickler. Correspondence includes memoranda, letters, telegrams, postcards, and notes. The majority of the correspondence focuses on military concerns. Other subjects included are personal matters, business matters, and overseas trips. Some of the more frequent recipients or senders of the correspondence include the US War Department, the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania, the Western Cartridge Company, veterans organizations, branches of the Red Cross, Erin and Smith Law Office, Major General Norman D. Cota, General A.M. Gruenther, 28th Division Headquarters, the American Luxembourg Society, Singlex Paper Box Corporation, John M. Groff, and Senator Charles Potter. Some of the correspondence is written in German or Japanese.

Foreign Affairs Files,
1953-1957.
(5 folders)

{series #356m.4} [Holdings]

Arranged by location of visit.

Files of the visits to Korea, Okinawa, Hong Kong and parts of Japan made by Daniel B. Strickler while a representative of the United Nations Command & Far East Command. File contents include banquet invitations, program itineraries, hotel and travel arrangements, sales receipts, brochures and local travel guides, correspondence, postcards, maps, and newspaper clippings. Some of the materials are in Japanese.

Fiscal Files,
1952-1957.
(11 folders)

{series #356m.5} [Holdings]

Grouped by document type.

Fiscal and business information of Daniel B. Strickler from business trips overseas and in the states. This includes correspondence, military travel vouchers and travel orders, rental agreements, bills, sales receipts, and account statements. Types of purchases made include meals, phone bills, hotel arrangements, dry cleaning, and automobile rental agreements. Some of the documents are in German.

Labor Files,
1953-1956.
(3 folders)

{series #356m.6} [Holdings]

Arranged by subject.

Correspondence and memoranda from a binder concerning military labor relations and labor contracts in Japan. Most of the files originated from the Headquarters Far East Command. Some of the topics covered include ad hoc labor negotiations and contracts, wage surveys, combat readiness, and union and strike activities.

Law Career Files,
1922-1949.
(4 folders)

{series #356m.7} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic.

Incoming and outgoing correspondence of Lieutenant Governor Daniel B. Strickler, a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Pardons, regarding cases brought before the board. Some of the correspondence is to and from the United States Senate, the Pennsylvania Senate, John H. Gross and Company, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Court of Common Pleas, and Ashton Gardner. This series also contains applications and results from the final examination before the State Board of Law Examiners that certified Strickler to study and practice law.

Lieutenant Governor's Files,
1928-1957, & undated.
(8 folders)

{series #356m.8} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic.

Papers dealing with Strickler's campaign for Lieutenant Governor and his term in office from 1947 through 1951. Included are Strickler's inagural address, addresses to the General Assembly and the Republican State Committee, correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases from the Republican State Committee, transcripts of interviews with Strickler on a radio talk show, articles from the Republican News and other publications, and Republican candidate brochures and newsletters.

Major Irving Peress Case Files,
1953-1957.
(3 folders)

{series #356m.9} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Papers related to the case against Major Irving Peress. Peress was an Army dentist who was commissioned as an Army Reserve Captain under the 1952 Doctor's Draft Law, citing the Fifth Amendment. Upon his commission, Peress refused to complete loyalty forms that questioned subversive affiliations. He was investigated by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee for alleged connections to the Communist Party. After examinations, by Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Senate Permanent Subcommittee, Peress was honorably discharged from the Army for refusing to answer questions about his involvement with the Communist Party in February 1955. Included among the files are Army Personnel Board worksheets and personnel actions, copies of the Congressional Record, handwritten notes from the investigation, memoranda, correspondence, newspaper clippings and articles.

Military Files,
1923-1957, & undated.
(10 folders)

{series #356m.10} [Holdings]

Grouped by subject.

Files concerning the 28th Division, its units, and their involvement in World War II. Among the items present are song sheets, newspaper clippings, summaries from the battles at Dannange and the Ardennes, European maps, blueprints and sketches for battle plans and actions, memoranda, organizational charts, general orders, memoranda and battle memoirs labeled "restricted", and newsletters of the American Legion. For other archival holdings relating to the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, see also the following series and collections: {series #19.51} Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces, 28th Division, in France, 1918-1919; {series #19.133 Scrap Book of the 28th Division, 1921-1940; {series #13.3} Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1945-1988; Manuscript Group 387, the Raymond Hoffman Collection of Records of the Society of the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Forces; Manuscript Group 156, the Edward Martin Papers; Manuscript Group 228, the William C. Armor Collection; and Manuscript Group 218, the General Photograph Collection, Military Section.

Newspaper Clippings,
1918-1958, & undated.
(27 folders)

{series #356m.11} [Holdings]

Grouped by topic and thereafter arranged chronologically.

Newspapers and newspaper clippings of articles, primarily from Pennsylvania newspapers, concerning Daniel B. Strickler and the 28th Division in World War II. Full-length newspapers include the Indianapolis Times, the Stars and Stripes, the Army Times, the Hattiesburg American, the Harrisburg Evening News, the Somerset Democrat, the Meyersdale Republican, the Camp Crier, the Lancaster New Era, the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Camp Atterbury Cardinal, the Army Sentinel, the Keystone News, and the Pennsylvania Purple Heart News. The individual clippings either cover general military subjects or career of Daniel B. Strickler. Some of the topics documented include training and planning, Christmas 1950, departures and homecomings of the 28th Division, battle summaries, parades, the September 11, 1950 train wrecked that killed over thirty members of the 28th Division, and other relevant stories. Topics specifically relating to Strickler include his political career, promotions to various posts or appointments, speaking engagements, involvement in state affairs, his law career, and his hospitalization during the latter years of his life. For other archival holdings relating to the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, see also the following series and collections: {series #19.51} Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces, 28th Division, in France, 1918-1919; {series #19.133 Scrap Book of the 28th Division, 1921-1940; {series #13.3} Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1945-1988; Manuscript Group 387, the Raymond Hoffman Collection of Records of the Society of the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Forces; Manuscript Group 156, the Edward Martin Papers; Manuscript Group 228, the William C. Armor Collection; and Manuscript Group 218, the General Photograph Collection, Military Section.

Orders and Citations,  
1918-1957, & undated.
(4 folders)

{series #356m.12} [Holdings]

Personnel and assignment orders for Daniel B. Strickler and/or the 28th Division. Included among the documents are citations for awards presented to Strickler (Silver Star, Bronze Star, and the Oak Leaf Cluster), a list of recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross from the 110th Infantry Division, leave orders, assignment orders, transportation orders, medical sheets, correspondence, and general orders and special orders concerning assignments and awards.

Personal Files,
1917-1981.
(10 folders)

{series #356m.13} [Holdings]

Arranged by subject.

Papers related to personal events of Daniel B. Strickler and his wife, Caroline. Among the included files are American Legion identification cards, a 1957 appointment book, correspondence, a marriage license application, and lyrics for songs of the 28th Division. Correspondence concerning Caroline Strickler's trip to Germany, along with Daniel B. Strickler's trips as a member of the United Nations Far East Command are included. A large portion of this series deals with banquets and dinners attended by the Stricklers, as documented by invitations, programs, and the texts of addresses given.

Photographs,
1916-1957, & undated.
(38 folders, 3 boxes)

{series #356m.14} [Holdings]

Arranged variously.

Black and white photographs highlighting the activities of the 28th Division in World War II, as well as the military, law, and political careers of Daniel B. Strickler. The size of the photoprints varies, and some are duplicates. The bulk of the photos were originally housed in one of three binders, two of which were devoted to Strickler as major general and one devoted to Strickler as lieutenant governor. The other photographs were loose or housed in a cigar box. Many of the photos of the 28th Division were taken at Fort Indiantown Gap, Camp Atterbury, or Camp Livingston. Others were taken in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Wilkes-Barre, Boston, and Paris. Several battle action photographs feature European sites such as Dudweiler, Homberg, the Hurtgen Forest, the Siegfried Line, Champs Elysees, Normandy, and Vossenack. Many notable political and military figures are present in these photographs, such as General Mark Clark, General Norman D. Cota, General Edward Martin, General Frank A. Weber, General Thomas L. Hoban, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, General Omar Bradley, and Governor James Duff.

The photographs from the binder entitled "Lieutenant Governor" highlight the political career of Daniel B. Strickler at his inauguration, luncheons, conferences, dinners, dedications, and addresses. Scenes included are the rededication of the Bucktail Monument, inaugural activities of James Duff and Daniel Strickler, the dedication of the War Trophy Room at the State Museum, and Christmas ceremonies at the Capitol rotunda.

The scenes and activities represented in the loose photographs are numerous. They include the 1951 parade of the 28th Division in Philadelphia, Strickler presenting awards to or meeting with foreign dignitaries or businessmen in Tokyo, and activities at Camp Atterbury and Camp Pickett. Prominent military or political figures in these photographs include General L.L. Lemnitzer, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lieutenant General Stephen Chamberlain, Secretary Frank Pace, General Mark Clark, President Rhea of Korea, the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre, and foreign dignitaries and businessmen.

For other archival holdings relating to the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, see also the following series and collections: {series #19.51} Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces, 28th Division, in France, 1918-1919; {series #19.133 Scrap Book of the 28th Division, 1921-1940; {series #13.3} Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1945-1988; Manuscript Group 387, the Raymond Hoffman Collection of Records of the Society of the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Forces; Manuscript Group 156, the Edward Martin Papers; Manuscript Group 228, the William C. Armor Collection; and Manuscript Group 218, the General Photograph Collection, Military Section.

Published Material,
1919-1974, & undated.
(4 folders)

{series #356m.15} [Holdings]

Arranged chronologically.

Various publications and printed materials dealing with Strickler, the 28th Division, and other military matters. Among the publications included are Cause of the Great War by Daniel B. Strickler (1919), History of the 28th Division, .A Short History of the Fifteenth Scottish Division, and After the Battle, along with copies of the 1950 Congressional Record. Numerous magazines are also present, such as Recruiting News (August, 1921), the National Community Magazine (1923-1924), the Reserve Officer (May, 1932), National Guard and Community (Oct-Nov., 1934), along with newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, and other published materials.

Unit Histories and Rosters,
1917-1952, & undated.
(9 folders)

{series #356m.16} [Holdings]

Arranged by unit number.

Unit histories and rosters for the 28th Division and its units. Included are rosters of the 110th Infantry, a roster of legal officers of the 28th Division that claimed residence in Pennsylvania, casualty lists for the 110th Infantry, equipment tables for the 110th Infantry, officer rosters for the 109th Infantry, course information for training courses offered at Fort Benning, histories of the companies of the 110th Anti-Tank Infantry, and a history of the 28th Division. Also included are diary excerpts from Ralph Johnson of the 110th Infantry, a description of tactics of the "Swimmandos" (109th Infantry), and a study entitled "Intensity of Fighting on a Division Level: The Ordeal of the 106th Infantry Division". For other archival holdings relating to the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard, see also the following series and collections: {series #19.51} Photographs of the American Expeditionary Forces, 28th Division, in France, 1918-1919; {series #19.133 Scrap Book of the 28th Division, 1921-1940; {series #13.3} Administrative and Correspondence Files of the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1945-1988; Manuscript Group 387, the Raymond Hoffman Collection of Records of the Society of the 28th Division, American Expeditionary Forces; Manuscript Group 156, the Edward Martin Papers; Manuscript Group 228, the William C. Armor Collection; and Manuscript Group 218, the General Photograph Collection, Military Section.


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