A guide to documentary sources by Lawrence J Paszek

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154. Records of United States Theaters of War, RG No. 332 World War II (1939-1950) 479 cu. ft. From September 1939 to December 1941 the major overseas tactical commands of the Army consisted of five departments within the territorial possessions of the United States. The Navy's major overseas commands included several naval districts and, after July 1941, naval coastal frontiers (later sea frontiers) with a geographical jurisdiction somewhat comparable to that of the Army's departments. In December 1941 the Army's territorial departments were replaced by theaters of operation, and eventually major combat theaters were established in virtually all the areas of world conflict.

S. Air Force is held and serviced by the Central Audio-Visual Depository. The Depository receives annually between 12 and 14 million feet of film which is identified and cataloged for retrieval. If after 10 years the film is still deemed sufficiently valuable to serve as historical documentation of Air Force operations and developments, it is retained. The most important films, such as combat air operations, the Wright Brothers flights, or certain satellite launches, are retained permanently at the National Archives.

S. Strategic Bombing-Survey Reports maintained by the Bureau of Public Relations (1943-48); and weekly medical statistical summaries of the Medical Statistics Division (1945-46). Cartographic records include those of the Aviation Section of the Office of the Chief Signal Officer; of the Army Air Service; of the Army Air Corps; and of the Army Air Forces, including the Aeronautical Chart Service. Included are maps of military airfields and air routes; World War II target charts and aerial photographs; climatic and meteorological maps of various overseas areas; and aeronautical charts and indexes.

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