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Nancy Smilowitz
Assistant Dean of Development
Office of the Dean
College of Arts & Sciences

Nancy Smilowitz Letter

The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience will accept collections related to the World War II era, 1931-1949.  Our collections includes material from all branches of the American armed forces, including women’s military units, the Red Cross, USO, Merchant Mariners, and home front defense workers and volunteers. We are also always interested in collections that have a global or international perspective, especially related to the Holocaust, international humanitarian and refugee relief, and war crime’s investigations and trials.

As of August 2014, the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience has reached 95 % storage capacity and are limited at what add to our permanent collection temporarily stored in the attic floor of Bellamy Building on the Florida State University campus.  If you are interested in donating memorabilia to the Institute on World War II and the Human experience, please contact the Institute Director, Dr. G. Kurt Piehler in advance before mailing a collection. Dr. G. Kurt Piehler can be contacted at or 850-644-9541.  Unfortunately, we will no longer be accepting donations of most types of artifacts (e.g., American military equipment, medals, weapons, etc.), unless it is unique and historical significant object.

Please remember that we cannot accept a collection without a signed and dated Deed of Gift.  A copy of this Deed of Gift is available on-line and can also be mailed to you.

Types of documents frequently donated:

  • Personal papers
  • letters
  • diaries
  • scrapbooks
  • memoirs and autobiographies (especially unpublished ones)
  • photographs
  • maps (World War II era)
  • flight or ship logs
  • military documents  (original)
  • unit histories
  • art  (paintings, drawings, etc.)
  • cartoons (original)
  • poetry
  • unit newsletters
  • shipyard or defense plant newspapers
  • business and labor union records pertaining to the war
  • oral history interviews
  • captured enemy records and artifacts

Items we will no longer be accepting include:

  • Life Magazines
  • Newspapers published after 1946
  • Major national newspapers (i.e., New York Times, Washington Post)
  • Uniforms (with limited exceptions)
  • Books published after 1950 (except memoirs and autobiographies)
  • VHS tapes

If you are in possession of these types of material and wish to find a location to donate them, please contact the Institute director, Dr. G. Kurt Piehler, at or 850-644-9541.  We will be happy to help you find another home for these materials.

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