Finding aid for the Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memorandums, reports, and other material 0109

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
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Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Title: Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material
Collection number: 0109
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.0 linear ft. 2 boxes
Date (inclusive): 1941-1945
Abstract: Research archive for a history of AFRS activity during World War II. The military radio service broadcast news and entertainment by shortwave wherever U.S. forces were engaged.
creator: DeLay, Theodore S.
creator: United States. Armed Forces Radio Service.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material, Collection no. 0109, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.


Donated by Theodore S. DeLay, Jr., May 1951.

Scope and Content

Research archive gathered by Theodore S. Delay in support of his 1951 USC dissertation, "An Historical Study of the Armed Forces Radio Service to 1946". The collection largely consists of memorandums and reports of official U.S. Army origin, and copies of "AFRS Playback Magazine". The accompanying correspondence and letters of transmittal make it clear that they were most willingly made available to Mr. Delay. The period covered is 1944-45, and the focus is on the Pacific, not the European theater of action. Many Hollywood personalities contributed to the success of AFRS.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

DeLay, Theodore S. -- Archives
United States. Armed Forces Radio Service. -- Archives
Armed Forces--History--Archival resources
Radio--Archival resources
United States--History--20th century--Archival resources

Box 1, Folder 1

Activities and Progress Reports 1944-1945

Scope and Content

Publications by War Department.
Box 1, Folder 2

AFRS Memorandum undated

Box 1, Folder 3

AFRS Playback Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3- Vol. 4 No. 1 1945 October 17-1946 January 21

Box 1, Folder 4

Armed Forces Radio Service 1949 June 1

Scope and Content

Dissertation by Lt-Col Russell Oliver Fudge.
Box 1, Folder 5

As above Photocopy 1949 June 1

Box 1, Folder 6

AFRS and its Use by the AAF Regional Hospital at Buckley Field, Colorado undated

Scope and Content

Typescript by T.S. DeLay, Jr.
Box 1, Folder 7

Citation: for Hollywood Victory Committee undated

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence various

Box 1, Folder 9

Hitchhiker on AFRS Road to Tokyo TS; letters of Maj. H. Austin Peterson undated

Box 1, Folder 10

As above Photocopy undated

Box 1, Folder 11

How Shortwave Serves Our Armed Forces Overseas 1946 May 29

Box 1, Folder 12

Office of War Information Background Information undated

Box 1, Folder 13

Outlines of Current AFRS Troop Information Activities 1945 June 25

Box 1, Folder 14

Progress Report 1942 May 26-1945 December 1

Box 1, Folder 15

Quarterly Report - Confidential (Unclassified) 1945 April 1-June 30

Box 1, Folder 16

Radio Listening Habits of Enlisted Men Booklet- Research Branch, Special Service Division, War Department 1942 October 3

Box 1, Folder 17

Radio on the Battle Fronts - Address given by Martin H. Work undated

Box 1, Folder 18

Recommendations on the Installation and Operation of an American Expeditionary Station - Prepared by AFRS, Los Angeles undated

Box 1, Folder 19

Synthesis Report AFRS Morale Services Division 1943 October 25

Box 1, Folder 20

"This is the Armed Forces Radio Service" Parts 1 and 2 - Part1="Headquarters and Global Operations"; Part 2= "Operations in the European Scene" 1945 August 1

Box 1, Folder 21

"This is the Armed Forces Radio Service"- The greatest signature in Radio - by Major J.K. Connell undated

Box 1, Folder 22

Victory through Air Power By Col. T.H.A. Lewis, in National Association of Broadcasters 25th Anniversary Bulletin 1945 March 9

Box 1, Folder 23

Diagram of Headquarters, Los Angeles Branch AFRS undated

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Pasted into a diagram detailing the structure of the AFRS
Box 1, Folder 24-25

Miscellaneous- Memoranda, etc. various

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Armed Forces Radio Service Forward Plan Bound- 3 volumes 1945 November 1-1946 July 1

Box 2, Folder 4

Information and Education Division Booklet- Privately Printed/Limited Edition 1945 October

Box 2, Folder 5

History of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs Series: Historical Reports on War Administration, United States Government Printing Office 1947

Box 2, Folder 6-7

Photocopies various