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John L. Gent Collection, 1905-1946

Collection Overview

Title: John L. Gent Collection, 1905-1946

Predominant Dates:1936-1945

ID: RHC/RC/354

Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/15/0016

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Materials in the John L. Gent collection date from 1905 to 1946, but are predominantly from the years leading up to and including World War II (1936-1945). While serving Gent collected artifacts significant to his time at war. These artifacts represent a large portion of the collection and include foreign paper money and coins as well as military arm bands, patches, ribbons, pins, and belt buckles. Nazi Party propaganda postcards, many of which feature Hitler, are also included in the collection. A small part of the collection consists of U.S. Army publications given to serviceman during WWII.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Sue Breese

Acquisition Method: The Joiner History Room donated the collection to the Regional History Center.

Related Materials: Researchers interested in war propaganda may also be interested in the collection of World War I & II posters found in RC 200. For more information please see http://archon.lib.niu.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=200&q=&rootcontentid=25048#id25048.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Army Song Book, 1941
Folder 2: Army Route Guides and Phrase Books, 1942-1944
Folder 3: Army Chemical Warfare Protection Guides, 1942-1944
Folder 4: War Ration Books, 1942-1943
Folder 5: Bulletin of Religious Services, October 13-14, 1945
Folder 6: German Postcards (54), 1934-1936
Folder 7: Military Patches (20) and Ribbon Guide
Folder 8: Foreign Paper Money, 1905-1937
Box 2
Item 1: Binoculars in original case
Box 3
Item 1-2: Whistles (2)
Item 3: Sewing Kit (1)
Item 4: Pocket Knife Kit (1)
Item 5: Pouch with mirrors and safety pins (1)
Item 6-90: Foreign Coins (85)
Item 91: Wooden Cigarette Holder (1)
Item 92: Safety Match Box(1)
Item 93: Dagger enclosed in case (1)
Item 94: Ammunition Holder (1)
Item 95: Hand Grenade Pin and Pieces (1)
Item 96-177: Medals, Pins, Ribbon Bars, and Buttons (82)
Item 178: Belt Buckles (6)
Item 179: Leather Belt with coin decoration (1)
Item 180: Arm Bands (4)
Item 181: Miniature book Der F├╝hrer und die Wehrmacht (1)