Philadelphia Record World War II casualty cards
Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107
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Overview and metadata sections
Founded in 1877, the Philadelphia Record long held standing as one the Philadelphia area’s most esteemed newspapers. Initially owned by William Singerly, the paper was purchased by the locally prominent Wanamaker family in 1898 and then by newspaper magnate J. David Stern in 1928.
In the 1930s, competition stiffened between the Record and its primary morning competitor, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and in 1947 the Record went out of business, ultimately selling its assets to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.
Almost 1.25 million Pennsylvanians served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II with over 33,000 of them killed, wounded, imprisoned or missing during the war. As one of the leading newspapers serving the Philadelphia region, the Philadelphia Record regularly published information about these local casualties of the war. In the process, staff for the newspaper compiled an index card file that they maintained for reference purposes as well as publication.
This collection consists of approximately 20,000 3x5 index cards that document servicemen, primarily from Philadelphia and surrounding regions, who were killed, wounded, missing or imprisoned during World War II. Each card, at minimum, lists the servicemember's name, rank and branch of service, his status, and the war arena in which he was serving at the time. Some cards contain the additional information of the serviceman’s age, next of kin and their address. In some instances two cards are provided giving updated information on a serviceman’s status.
The cards are arranged alphabetically by last name.
Gift of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, 5 July 1951.
Processing made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this finding aid do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
- World War, 1939-1945--Casualties--Statistics
- World War, 1939-1945--Casualties--United States--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia
- World War, 1939-1945--Casualties--United States--Pennsylvania
- World War, 1939-1945--Casualties--United States
- World War, 1939-1945--Home front
- World War, 1939-1945--Journalism
- World War, 1939-1945
- Historical Society of Pennsylvania
- Finding Aid Author
- Finding aid prepared by Kristina Wilson.
- Finding Aid Date
- ; 2015.
- This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Award # MA-31-14-0178-14.
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research.