Special Collections Highlight

Because the Library is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Caroline Martin’s Special Collections’ Book of the Month could not be displayed for anyone’s appreciation. Miss Martin has been working on an internship in Special Collections. One of her assignments was choosing a book from the collection and writing a description to match Flagler College’s April Core Value. We present it below for your pleasure.

What makes someone a good citizen?

This month Special Collections would like to highlight one of Flagler College’s core values: Citizenship with Integrity. No one demonstrates this idea more thoroughly than the American military whose love of their country causes them to risk their life every day for the values and freedoms we hold dear. Never was this more evident than during the Second World War when 16 million men and women joined the military and were deployed all over the world. 416, 800 of these servicemen and women never returned home. That is almost equivalent to the entire population of Miami.

This book is part of a series that sadly was never completed. The volumes completed document all men and women in the United States Armed Forces serving during the Second World War, arranged by state. The foreword states that the purpose of this series is “that Americans may never forget their debt of gratitude to those heroes and heroines who offered their lives in defense of their country in her hour of greatest need.” Each book contains a timeline of the war, a list of the military commanders and a mini biography and portrait of every soldier from that state. 

Unfortunately, Special Collections has only acquired the volume for North Carolina. This volume was donated by a former staff member of the College, Marsha Leduke, who worked in the Counseling Center. We are delighted that this book relates to the April Core Value because 2020 is the last year of the 75th Anniversary of the Second World War.

Also, in November, the Archives and Special Collections will be hosting some fellow curators from St. Johns, Duval, and Clay counties for a special Meet the Collections and Curators event. More information will be shared in upcoming months. In the meantime, please remember to thank all our veterans for their service to our country!