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Kansas in World War II: A Selected Bibliography

A photo of soldiers being inspected outside of their tents at Camp Phillips, Salina, during World War II.

 

Soldiers

American Legion, Kansas Department, Keith Reeves Post No. 3, Columbus, Kansas. History of Keith Reeves Post, No. 3, Volume 1, 1919-1960. Columbus, Kansas: Missouri Publishing Company, n.d. (K/369.19/C723

Drake, Charles Clayton. Their Names: A Scroll of Our Flesh and Blood War Honored From Coffeyville and Vicinity...Constituting the Honor Rolls of Three Wars, Spanish-American, World War I, and World War II...N.p., n.d. (K/973.89/D789)

Garden City Daily Telegram. War Memorial Album of World War II, Finney County, Kansas. Garden City, Kansas: Telegram Publishing Company, 1946. (K/940.95/-F49/G167)

Kansas. Fort Hays Kansas State College. Alumni, Former Students, and Faculty in the Armed Services, World War II (as listed up to April 11, 1945). N.p.: n.d. (Port./SP/370.7H)

"Kansas Casualties in World War II." Kansas Historical Quarterly 14 (November 1946): 453-454. (SP/906/K13q/v.14/p.453)

Myers & Company, Topeka, Kansas. Men and Women in the Armed Forces from Shawnee County. Topeka, Kansas: Myers & Company, 1947. (K/940.95/-Sh1/M992)

Myers & Company, Topeka, Kansas. Men and Women in the Armed Forces from Douglas County. Topeka, Kansas: Myers & Company, n.d. (K/940.94/-D74/M992)

Morrell (John) & Company. We Honor (employees of the John Morrell Company). Ottumwa, Iowa: John Morrell & Company, 1946. (K/940.95/M83)

A portrait of Lt. Jack C. Davis, 
Moundridge, Kansas. He was a member of the 491st Bomb Squadron, 341 Bomb
 Group. Davis was killed in a bombing mission over Duong Cuong, China, 
on January 19, 1945.

Sage, William Jewell. Those Who Served in World War II...from Harvey County, Kansas. Newton, Kansas: Those Who Served, 1947. (K/940.95/-H26/Sa18)

Topeka. Post Office. Banquet and Dance, October 12, 1946...in Honor of...Employees Who Were in the Military Service of the United States During World War II. N.p.: 1946. (K/383/Pam. v.1)

U.S. Adjutant General. World War II, Honor List of Dead and Missing, State of Kansas, War Department, June, 1946. N.p.: 1946? (K/940.95/Un3)

U.S. Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, Kansas. Roster of Officers, U.S. Naval Air Station, Hutchinson, Kansas. Comdr. W.C. King, A-VG, USNR Commanding Officer...February 1, 1944. N.p.: n.d. (Microfilm reel: LM 455, no. 5)

U.S. Navy. State Summary of War Casualties [Kansas]. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1946. (K/940.95/Un3c)

Veterans of Foreign Wars. Earl H. Ellis Post 1362, Pratt, Kansas. Their Record, Pratt County, World War II. Pratt, Kansas: [1950?] (K/940.95/V641)

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Over There Post 112, Wichita, Kansas. 1952 Membership Directory. N.p., 1952. (K/369.18/V64/Pam. v.1)

 

 

Home Front

First page and link to article in the Boeing Magazine, March 1945, covers the completion of the 1,000 B-29 Superfortress in Wichita."The Battle of Kansas." Kansas Historical Quarterly 13 (November 1945): 481. The manufacture of B-29s by Wichita's Boeing.

Dean, Virgil W. "Another Wichita Seditionist? Elmer J. Garner and the Radical Right's Opposition to World War II." Kansas History 17 (Spring 1994): 50-64. Garner, who began his journalism career as a Populist, was one of 30 defendants (another being Gerald B. Winrod) in the "Mass Sedition Trial" of 1944.

Grant, Philip A. "The Kansas Congressional Delegation and the Selective Service Act of 1940." Kansas History 2 (Autumn 1979): 196-205.

Henderson, Harold J., comp. "Ships in World War II Bearing Kansas Names." Kansas Historical Quarterly 15 (May 1947): 113.

Hope, Clifford R., Jr. "Strident Voices in Kansas Between the Wars." Kansas History 2 (Spring 1979): 54.

Hurt, R. Douglas. "Naval Air Stations in Kansas During World War II." Kansas Historical Quarterly 43 (Autumn 1977): 351.

Photograph showing Kansas Cyclone  
noseart on a B-24 aircraft during World War II.

Johnson, Judith R. "Uncle Sam Wanted Them Too! Women Aircraft Workers in Wichita During World War II." Kansas History 17 (Spring 1994): 38-49. Based largely on the author's interviews with former "Rosie the Riviters."

Juhnke, James C. "Minister of Peace in a World of War: Edmund G. Kaufman." Kansas History 18 (Spring 1995): 48-58. Kaufman was president of Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, as the nation and the state moved toward and then into the Second World War.

"Kansas At War: Part 1, The Call To Arms." Kansas History 15 (Spring 1992): 36-43. Subsequent three parts, "A Common Cause," "`At Ease'," and "Over There," in 15:116-125, 180-191, 254-263. Photographic essays review the early part of World War II in Kansas, home front activities of Kansas servicemen and civilians, and some of the trials of overseas duty.

Kansas State Board of Agriculture. Biennial Reports Topeka, Kans.: State Printer, 1941-1947.

Lovett, Christopher. "`Dear, I'll Be Back in a Year': The Mobilization of the Thirty-Fifth Infantry Division in 1940." Kansas History 17 (Summer 1994): 90-107. Argues that the U.S. army, and Kansas guardsmen, learned much of value during this period of active service just prior to America's entry into the Second World War.

Lovett, Christopher C. "Don't You Know That There's a War On? A History of the Kansas State Guard in World War II." Kansas History 8 (Winter 1985/86): 226.

View of a prisoner of war camp in Cloud CountyMay, Lowell A. Camp Concordia: German POWs in the Midwest. Manhattan, Kans.: Sunflower University Press, 1995. World War II camp located just north of Concordia, Cloud County, Kansas.

McCusker, Kristine M. "`The Forgotten Years' of America's Civil Rights Movement: Wartime Protests at the University of Kansas, 1939-1945." Kansas History 17 (Spring 1994): 26-37. Inspired by wartime rhetoric and protest activity, black and white students united in opposition to discriminatory policies on the university's Lawrence campus.

McFarland, Keith D. Harry H. Woodring: A Political Biography of FDR's Controversial Secretary of War. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1975. Woodring was Kansas governor from 1931-1933.

McLean, Milton R. "Address of the President: Selective Service in Kansas--World War II." Kansas Historical Quarterly 16 (February 1948): 86-92. McLean was state director of Selective Service for Kansas.

"Mennonites and Alternative Service in World War II." Mennonite Quarterly Review 66 (October 1992): 451-627. Whole issue devoted to this topic with authors touching on Kansas who include Wesley J. Prieb, Keith L. Sprunger, John D. Thiesen, Rachel Waltner Goossen, and Paul Toews.

Miner, Craig. "The War Years in Wichita." in, Paul K. Stuewe, ed., Kansas Revisited: Historical Images and Perspectives. Lawrence: Division of Continuing Education, University of Kansas, 1990.

O'Brien, Patrick G. "Kansas At War: The Home Front, 1941-1945." Kansas History 17 (Spring 1994): 6-25. Part of a special Second World War issue, O'Brien's essay provides an insightful survey of the era.

O'Brien, Patrick G., Thomas D. Isern, and R. Daniel Lumley. "Stalag Sunflower: German Prisoners of War in Kansas." Kansas History 7 (Autumn 1984): 182.

Oppenheimer, Robert. "Acculturation or Assimilation: Mexican Immigrants in Kansas, 1900 to World War II." Western Historical Quarterly 16 (October 1985): 429-48.

Partin, John W. "The Dilemma of 'A Good, Very Good Man': Capper and Noninterventionism, 1936-1941." Kansas History 2 (Summer 1979): 86.

Sindell, Gail Ann. "Gerald B. Winrod and the Defender: a Case Study of the Radical Right." Ph.D. dissertation. Case Western Reserve University, 1973. (K/B/W731s) Religious fundamentalism and political thought of Winrod, 1930s through Cold War, as reflected in his Wichita based monthly magazine.

Sloan, Charles William, Jr., ed. "The Newelletters: E. Gail Carpenter Describes Life on the Home Front," Part I. Kansas History 11 (Spring 1988): 54. Continued (Pts. II-IV) through next three issues.

Teufel, Karl C., ed. "The History of Camp Concordia from Site Survey to Inactivation." (1945); compilation of officer reports. (Microfilm reel:  LM 322, no. 5)

Tuttle, William M., Jr., ed. "William Allen White and Verne Marshall: Two Midwestern Editors Debate Aid to the Allies versus Isolationism." Kansas Historical Quarterly 32 (Summer 1966): 201.

Tuttle, William M., Jr. "Aid-to-the-Allies Short-of-War Versus American Intervention, 1940: A Reappraisal of William Allen White's Leadership." Journal of American History 56 (March 1970): 840-858.

"U. S. Army and Air Force Wings Over Kansas (In two installments, Part One)." Kansas Historical Quarterly 25 (Summer 1959): 129; part two, Autumn 1959, p. 334.

Ward, Mrs. Leslie A., compiler. History of the Concordia Prisoner of War Camp. Concordia: Kansan Printing House, 1969, plus 1982 supplement.