Guide to the Alvin P. Yorkunas papers, 1936-2008

Descriptive Summary

Title : Alvin P. Yorkunas papers
Creator: Yorkunas, Alvin P.
Dates : 1936-2008
ID Number : Y09
Size: 15.00 boxes
Language(s): English

Repository: Special Collections
University of South Florida Libraries
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Administrative Summary

Provenance: Yorkunas, Alvin P.
Acquisition Information: The library purchased the letters comprising Alvin P. Yorkunas' World War II correspondence and approximately 117 of his drawings, cartoons and other illustrations from Charles Apfelbaum Rare Manuscripts & Archives of Watchung, New Jersey on November 5, 2002. The remaining portion of the collection, consisting of illustrated daily journals, military records, artwork, photographs, and other materials, was purchased from Alvin Peter Yorkunas, Jr. on February 6, 2008.
Access Conditions: None. The contents of this collection may be subject to copyright. Visit the United States Copyright Office's website at http://www.copyright.gov for more information.
Processing History: Complete
Preferred Citation: Alvin P. Yorkunas papers, Special Collections, Department, Tampa Library, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
Biographical Note

Alvin Peter Yorkunas Sr. was born on September 4, 1917 in Kingston, Pennsylvania. His parents were Lithuanian immigrants who anglicized the spelling of their surname from Jarkunas to Yorkunas after arriving in the United States. Alvin's family moved to Youngstown, Ohio around 1923. He attended Youngstown's South High School where he was a star player on the school's football team. When he graduated from South High in 1935 both Ohio State University (OSU) and the University of Tampa (UT) offered him full football scholarships. Attracted by the ambiance of the new Tampa school (established 1933) and the fact that several of his friends were already students there, Yorkunas accepted the offer to play for the UT Spartans. Shortly after arriving on campus he met Mary Ann Sampey, an attractive classmate working towards a degree in education. Mary Ann was born November 14, 1917, the daughter of Elmer B. and Mary B. Sampey of Tampa. Al and Mary Ann began dating and soon formed a close relationship that culminated in their marriage on June 29, 1940.

Scope Note

The Yorkunas collection consists of correspondence, personal journals, military documents, postcards, photographs, artwork, printed ephemera, and realia. The bulk of the collection relates to Alvin P. Yorkunas' service in the Army Air Forces during WWII (1942-1946) and with the Air Force's Strategic Air Command (1951-1954). Materials relating to his pre-war and post-war life in Tampa, Florida are also present. The heart of the collection consists of approximately 650 letters written by Yorkunas to his wife Mary during World War II and a 115-page illustrated daily journal Yorkunas kept while stationed in Saipan and Guam from October, 1944 to March, 1945.

Arrangement Note: Series

Arrangement

Series

Subject Headings

Corporate Names: Army Air Forces Intelligence School
United States -- Air Force -- Strategic Air Command
Personal Names: Yorkunas, Alvin P. -- Correspondence
Yorkunas, Alvin P. -- Diaries
Subject Terms: Commercial art -- Florida -- Tampa
World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence


COLLECTION CONTENTS

Series 1 : Letters

   BOX 1 


      FOLDER 1 : Letters, 1936
      FOLDER 2 : Letters, 1937
      FOLDER 3 : Letters, 1938
      FOLDER 4 : January (2 Parts), 1942
      FOLDER 5 : February, 1942
      FOLDER 6 : March (2 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 7 : April (2 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 8 : May (4 parts), 1942
   BOX 2 


      FOLDER 1 : June (2 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 2 : July (2 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 3 : July (2 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 4 : August (4 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 5 : September (4 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 6 : October (4 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 8 : September, 1944
      FOLDER 9 : October (2 parts), 1944
   BOX 3 


      FOLDER 1 : November (3 parts), 1942
      FOLDER 2 : December, 1942
      FOLDER 3 : January, 1943
      FOLDER 4 : June (2 parts), 1943
      FOLDER 5 : July, 1943
      FOLDER 6 : July, 1944
      FOLDER 7 : August, 1944
      FOLDER 8 : September, 1944
      FOLDER 9 : October (2 parts), 1944
      FOLDER 10 : November (3 parts), 1944
   BOX 4 


      FOLDER 1 : December (4 parts), 1944
      FOLDER 2 : January (4 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 3 : February (4 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 4 : March (4 parts), 1945
   BOX 5 


      FOLDER 1 : April (3 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 2 : May (3 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 3 : June (2 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 4 : July (3 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 5 : August (3 parts), 1945
   BOX 6 


      FOLDER 1 : September (3 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 2 : October (4 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 3 : November (3 parts), 1945
      FOLDER 4 : December, 1945
      FOLDER 5 : 1946
      FOLDER 6 : No Date (Attributable to 1936 -- 1938)
      FOLDER 7 : No Date (Attributable to 1942)
      FOLDER 8 : No Date (Attributable to 1944 -- 1945)
Series 2 : Illustrated Journals

   BOX 7 


      FOLDER 1 : "Owed to Jud"
      FOLDER 2 : "Wish You Were Here" (12 parts)
[View digital content]
      FOLDER 3 : "Seat 19" (4 parts)
[View digital content]
      FOLDER 4 : "Seat 19" (Photocopy)
Series 3 : Artwork

   BOX 8 


   BOX 8 Series 4 : Cartoons
      FOLDER 1 : See also: Series 3, Artwork -- World War II -- Cartoons; and Series 5, General -- Postcards, 1936 -- 1938
      FOLDER 2 : "Fruitful Facts" [Cartoons featuring interesting trivia about Florida food products, created by Yorkunas working as "Al York,", circa. 1946
      FOLDER 3 : Newspaper clippings of Yorkunas cartoons
      FOLDER 4 : Tampa Tribune political cartoons by Yorkunas, 1947
      FOLDER 5 : Weather cartoons [probably created by Yorkunas for the Tampa Tribune
   BOX 8 Series 5 : World War II
      FOLDER 8 : World War II
      FOLDER 9 : Cartoons
      FOLDER 10 : Japan
      FOLDER 11 : Mission, from planning to final reports
      FOLDER 12 : Training aids (2 parts)
      FOLDER 13 : Training Aids -- Flipboard [sic] design
      FOLDER 6 : "Sportesques." [Illustrated sports trivia, similar in format to contemporary "Ripley's Believe It or Not" newspaper feature. Text by E. G. "Ted" Hirens Jr. and drawings by Yorkunas working as "Al York,", 1942-1946
      FOLDER 7 : Strategic Air Command
Series 6 : Military Service

   BOX 9 


      FOLDER 1 : Air Corps Training Detachment, Dorr Field, Florida, April, 1942
      FOLDER 13 : Army Air Forces Overseas Replacement Depot, Greensboro, North Carolina, January, 1946
      FOLDER 13    FOLDER 11 : April -- December, 1942
      FOLDER 13    FOLDER 12 : Class notes
      FOLDER 14 : Army Air Forces Tactical Center, Orlando, Florida, April -- September, 1944
      FOLDER 15 : Financial [Allotments, insurance, etc.], 1942 -- 1946
      FOLDER 16 : Keesler Field, Mississippi, 1942
      FOLDER 17 : Keesler Field, Mississippi -- Keesler Field News, 1942
      FOLDER 18 : Letterhead [Major A. P. Yorkunas]
   BOX 9 Sub-Series : Army Air Forces Intelligence School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
      FOLDER 2 : December, 1942 -- February, 1944
      FOLDER 3 : Class notes, Sections A -- C
      FOLDER 4 : Class notes, Sections D -- F
      FOLDER 5 : Class notes, Sections G -- L
      FOLDER 6 : Class notes, Section M
      FOLDER 7 : Social Events, 1943 -- 1944
      FOLDER 8 : Special Orders, 1943- 1944
      FOLDER 9 : Staff Refresher, October 28, 1942
      FOLDER 10 : Telephone directories, 1943, 1944
   BOX 10 


      FOLDER 1 : Mission logs, 1945 [Bombing missions against Japanese targets]
      FOLDER 2 : Reserves, 1945 - 1947
      FOLDER 10 : Travel Documents, 1942 -- 1955
      FOLDER 14 : Twenty-First Bomber Command, September, 1944 -- April, 1945
      FOLDER 15 : Veteran's Affairs, 1945 - 1952
   BOX 10 Sub-Series : Service record
      FOLDER 3 : Service record
      FOLDER 4 : Promotions, 1942 - 1952
      FOLDER 5 : Commendation Ribbon, 1954
      FOLDER 6 : Duty assignments, 1944 - 1945
   BOX 10 Sub-Series : Strategic Air Command
      FOLDER 7 : 1951 -- 1953
      FOLDER 8 : Letter Orders, 1951 -- 1953
      FOLDER 9 : Special Orders, 1951 - 1953
   BOX 10 Sub-Series : Twentieth Air Force, 1945
      FOLDER 11 : 1945
      FOLDER 12 : General Orders, July -- October, 1945
      FOLDER 13 : Special Orders, November, 1945
Series 7 : General [Non-military]

   BOX 11 


      FOLDER 1 : Addresses
      FOLDER 2 : Gasparilla
      FOLDER 3 : Kiwanis Club
      FOLDER 4 : McGehee, George C. [1970] [Re: Twenty-First Bomber Command during WWII]
      FOLDER 5 : News clippings
      FOLDER 6 : News clippings -- Yorkunas
      FOLDER 7 : Greeting cards
      FOLDER 12 : Tampa Chamber of Commerce
      FOLDER 13 : Tampa United Fund
      FOLDER 14 : Travel [Air, train, etc.]
      FOLDER 15 : University of Tampa
      FOLDER 16 : Yorkunas Advertising Agency
      FOLDER 17 : Yorkunas Advertising Agency -- Lane-Wells Company, 1947
      FOLDER 18 : Yorkunas, Mary Ann
   BOX 11 Sub-Series : Postcards
      FOLDER 8 : 1936 -- 1938
      FOLDER 9 : 1942 -- 1945
      FOLDER 10 : 1951 -- 1952
      FOLDER 11 : Folding booklets, 1944 - 1945
Series 8 : Photographs

   BOX 12 


      FOLDER 5 : Tampa
      FOLDER 6 : Unidentified
   BOX 12 Sub-Series : Strategic Air Command
      FOLDER 1 : Strategic Air Command
      FOLDER 2 : LeMay, Curtis Emerson [General]
      FOLDER 3 : Montgomery, J. B. [Major General]
      FOLDER 4 : Power, Thomas Sarsfield [Major General]
   BOX 12 Sub-Series : World War II
      FOLDER 7 : World War II
      FOLDER 8 : Army Air Forces Intelligence School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (3 parts)
      FOLDER 9 : Army Air Forces Intelligence School, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania -- Shadowgraph projector
      FOLDER 10 : B-29 Bombers
      FOLDER 11 : Guam (2 parts)
      FOLDER 12 : Keesler Field, Mississippi
      FOLDER 13 : Maps
      FOLDER 14 : Meredith, Burgess [with Al Yorkunas]
      FOLDER 15 : Twentieth Air Force [probably of facilities on Guam]
      FOLDER 16 : Twenty First Bomber Command
Series 9 : Publications

   FOLDER 1 : Air Force Public Information Letter. Washington: Department of the Air Force. Vol. VII, no. 17, December 18, 1953
   FOLDER 2 : Air-Sea Rescue. [Guam?]: XXI Bomber Command, February, 1945 [Photocopy of confidential XXI Bomber Command air-sea rescue manual, illustrated by Yorkunas]


   FOLDER 3 : The Amended GI Bill of Rights and How It Works. Washington: Army Times, 1946?
   FOLDER 4 : The Battle for Guam. [Guam?]: 947th Engr. Avn. Topo. Co., 1945
   FOLDER 5 : The Battle for Iwo Jima. [Guam?]: 947th Engr. Avn. Topo. Co., 1945
   FOLDER 6 : The Battle for Saipan. [Guam?]: 947th Engr. Avn. Topo. Co., 1945
   FOLDER 7 : The Battle for Tinian. [Guam?]: 947th Engr. Avn. Topo. Co., 1945
   FOLDER 8 : A Brief Resume of the Strategic Air Command, the Long-Range Striking Arm of the United States Air Force. Omaha: Headquarters, Strategic Air Command, 1953
   FOLDER 9 : Harrisburg Community Theatre News. Harrisburg: Harrisburg Community Theatre. April, 1943
   FOLDER 10 : Kleenex True Confessions. Chicago: International Cellucotton Products Co., 1942
   FOLDER 11 : Meet the Marianas: A Pocket Guide. [N.p.]: Special Projects Branch, Information-Education Section, CPBC, 1945?
   FOLDER 12 : The Officer Classification System. [Washington?]: United States Air Force, 1952
   FOLDER 13 : The Palma Seer. Tampa: Kiwanis Club of Palma Ceia. No. 1, January 5, 1950
   FOLDER 14 : Personal Affairs of Military Personnel and Aid for their Dependents. War Pamphlet no. 21-5. [Washington]: War Department, 1944
   FOLDER 15 : Pocket Atlas of the World. [N.p.]: Union Pacific Railroad, 194?
   FOLDER 16 : Strategic Air Command Letter. Omaha: Strategic Air Command. Vol. 1, no. 7, February, 1954
   FOLDER 17 : Tampa Jaycee News. Tampa: Junior Chamber of Commerce]. Vol. I, no. 3, July 22, 1948
Series 10 : Realia

   BOX 14 


      FOLDER 1 : "Blood chit" patch printed on rayon [Sewn to jackets or flight suits by American airmen in the Far East during World War II, "blood chits" were printed statements informing Chinese civilians that the bearer was a downed American flier and offering a reward for assisting him.]
      FOLDER 2 : Metal Army Air Forces "prop-and-wings" insignia [gold wings with silver propeller]
      FOLDER 3 : Metal collar insignia -- Lieutenant colonel's silver oak leaves, 1 set [total of two oak leaves]
      FOLDER 4 : Metal shoulder insignia -- Lieutenant colonel's silver oak leaves, 2 sets [total of 4 oak leaves]
      FOLDER 5 : Metal "U.S." collar insignia [1 set, 2 items]
      FOLDER 6 : Metal gold-colored six-pointed star insignia [2 items]
      FOLDER 7 : Metal silver-colored U. S. Air Force uniform button
      FOLDER 8 : Military identification card for Captain Alvin P. Yorkunas, September 7, 1944
   BOX 14 Sub-Series : Shoulder patch
      FOLDER 9 : Twentieth Air Force -- Blue, globe and "20" in white, winged AAF insignia at base
      FOLDER 10 : Aviation Cadet, Basic -- Dark blue with gold Army Air Forces winged propeller
      FOLDER 11 : Officer Candidate School -- Dark blue with "O" circling superimposed "SC" in green
Series 11 : Oversized

   BOX 15 


   BOX 15 Sub-Series : Certificates
      FOLDER 1 : Certificate recognizing Al Yorkunas as a Charter member of the University of Tampa's Minaret Society
      FOLDER 2 : Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Alvin P. Yorkunas for participation in the United States Strategic Bombing Survey, Pacific Theater of Operations, December, 1945
   BOX 15 Sub-Series : Maps
      FOLDER 1 : [Base Maps 1] -- Strategic Outline chart (SO-16a). Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Air Force, 1/1947; rev. 11/1947
      FOLDER 2 : [Base Maps 2] -- Physical Relief chart, GH-2a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 11/1947
      FOLDER 3 : [Base Maps 3] -- Temperature Provinces and Ocean Currents Chart, GH-3a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 4 : [Base Maps 4] -- Annual Precipitation Chart, GH-4a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 5 : [Base Maps 5] -- Climatic Chart, GH-5a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 6 : [Base Maps 6] -- Vegetation Chart, GH-6a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 7 : [Base Maps 7] -- Density of Population Chart, GH-7a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 8 : [Base Maps 8] -- Economic Chart, GH-8a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 9 : [Base Maps 9] -- Transportation Chart, GH-9a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 10 : [Base Maps 10] -- Isobars and Prevailing Winds Chart, January, GH-10a. Northern Hemisphere. W Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
      FOLDER 11 : [Base Maps 11] -- Isobars and Prevailing Winds Chart, July, GH-11a. Northern Hemisphere. Washington: Aeronautical Chart Service, U. S. Army Air Forces, 1/1947; rev. 5/1947. Advance ed.
   BOX 15 Sub-Series : Maps of Japanese cities
      FOLDER 13 : Kobe. Restricted. 1:20000
      FOLDER 14 : Kyoto. Restricted. 1:30000
      FOLDER 15 : Nagasaki. Restricted. 1:16000
      FOLDER 16 : Nagoya. Restricted. 1:30000
      FOLDER 17 : Osaka. Restricted. 1:40000
      FOLDER 18 : Tokyo. Restricted. 1:50000
      FOLDER 19 : Map labeled "Sheet 4 of 4" showing portions of 3 Japanese cities: "Map of Marunouchi & Ginza Tokyo," "Map of Yanasitacho Yokohama," and [Untitled; appears to be part of Tokyo]. V-255-A-A. "Reproduced by 3020th Engr. Topo. Co. (Corps) August 1945."
   BOX 15 Sub-Series : Publications
      FOLDER 20 : Enjoy the Jacksonville Beaches. [Jacksonville Beach?: Jacksonville Beach Chamber of Commerce, circa 1950]. Illustrated brochure.
      FOLDER 21 : The Texas Company's Texaco Farm Topics. Tampa: Texas Company. Vol. 3, no. 5, Sept./Oct., 1948
      FOLDER 22 : The Tampa Daily Times. October 11, 1941, p. 11. "Al Yorkunas' Chart on Tampa-Miami game last night."
      FOLDER 23 : VIPPerformer. McDonnell Douglas Aeronautics Company. Vol. 7, no. 233, October, 1971
   BOX 15 Sub-Series : Photographs & drawings (15A)
      FOLDER 24 : Cross sectional drawing of a motor cylinder and gearing. Keesler Field, Mississippi, 1942
      FOLDER 25 : [Group portrait of officer candidates, AAF Officer Candidate School, Miami Beach, 1942. Guidon at left with AAF "prop and wings" and numeral "9". Some pictures with signatures. 10x31 in.]
      FOLDER 26 : [Group portrait of officer candidates, AAF Officer Candidate School, Miami Beach, 1942. 10x31 in.]
      FOLDER 27 : Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Officers Roster, Field Grade, January, 1951. Offutt AFB, Omaha, Nebraska. Large photograph with pictures of each field grade officer at SAC headquarters.

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