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Collection Number: 01630

Collection Title: J. Mack Allison Papers, circa 1900s, 1940-1990

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract John Mack Allison Jr. of Brevard, N.C, served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Allison flew many combat missions with the 321st Bomb Group in West Africa in 1943. He was discharged in 1946 and served in the Air Force Reserve, 1952-1955. Allison died in 1990. The collection contains materials relating to J. Mack Allison Jr., including typescripts and microfilm copies of his 1943 West Africa diary, papers relating to his military service, and photographs and films. The diary covers the period from 15 February 1943, when Allison left the United States, to 23 October 1943, when he returned. In the diary, Allison described his travels; his combat experiences; and the climate, food, and people of French West Africa. Papers through 1946 document Allison's service in the United States Army Air Corps, while those from 1952 to 1955 are related to his service in the Air Force Reserve. Included are regulations, official orders, and legal and financial papers. Published items include a directory of the 321st Bomb Group and a pamphlet entitled "321st Bomb Group Headlines," which contains stories of the group's experiences from 15 March 1943 to 15 March 1945. Also included are a few photographs of Allison in uniform and home movies and newsreels on 8mm film. The home movies appear to be mostly vacation footage, with several reels depicting European cities. The four newsreels are from Castle Films' "News Parade" and appear to be related to World War II. The Addition of June 2008 includes copies of Allison's military orders during World War II, immunization records, two maps of World War II fronts produced by oil companies, materials related to a 1985-1986 reunion of Allison's World War II unit, approximately 100 pictures of World War II life in North Africa, and other materials. The addition also contains seven photographs, circa 1900s, including one of a woman standing on a horse and another of an unidentified group in costumes.
Creator Allison, J. Mack (John Mack), 1916-1990.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Use of visual materials may require production of viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the J. Mack Allison Papers #1630, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of diary available.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Rebekah Hudson Huggins of Pisgah Forest, N.C., in September 1997 (Acc. #97118) and in June 2008 (Acc. 100953). Typescript of diary loaned for microfilming in 1949.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Mack Allison Jr. was born 31 August 1916. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1941 and volunteered for the United States Army Air Corps in 1942. After training in Alabama, California, and New Mexico, Allison received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in July 1942. He served as a bombardier in the 321st Bomb Group and flew fifty combat missions in West Africa in 1943. After World War II, Allison served in the Air Force Reserve from 1952 until 1955. Allison died in 1990.

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The collection contains materials relating to J. Mack Allison Jr., including typescripts and microfilm copies of his 1943 West Africa diary, papers relating to his military service, and photographs and films. The diary covers the period from 15 February 1943, when Allison left the United States, to 23 October 1943, when he returned. In the diary, Allison described his travels; his combat experiences; and the climate, food, and people of French West Africa. Papers through 1946 document Allison's service in the United States Army Air Corps, while those from 1952 to 1955 are related to his service in the Air Force Reserve. Included are regulations, official orders, and legal and financial papers. Published items include a directory of the 321st Bomb Group and a pamphlet entitled "321st Bomb Group Headlines," which contains stories of the group's experiences from 15 March 1943 to 15 March 1945. Also included are a few photographs of Allison in uniform and home movies and newsreels on 8mm film. The home movies appear to be mostly vacation footage, with several reels depicting European cities. The four newsreels are from Castle Films' "News Parade" and appear to be related to World War II. The Addition of June 2008 includes copies of Allison's military orders during World War II, immunization records, two maps of World War II fronts produced by oil companies, materials related to a 1985-1986 reunion of Allison's World War II unit, approximately 100 pictures of World War II life in North Africa, and other materials. The addition also contains seven photographs, circa 1900s, including one of a woman standing on a horse and another of an unidentified group in costumes.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Personal Papers, 1940-1950.

10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Personal papers of J. Mack Allison Jr., including a letter to his parents from 1940, typescript copies of his 1943 West Africa diary, his diploma from the University of South Carolina, and a few publications.

The letter from Allison to his parents was written from a hospital in Columbia, S.C., where Allison was recovering from an undisclosed illness. There are three typescript copies of Allison's diary, typed and with a short introduction by his mother, Mary Breese Allison. The diary covers the period from 15 February 1943, when Allison left the United States, to 23 October 1943, when he returned. In the diary, Allison described his travels, his combat experiences, and the climate, food, and people of French West Africa. A photograph of Allison is glued to the inside cover of one of the typescripts. The diary is also available on microfilm.

Published items include a directory containing the names and addresses of the 447th Bomb Squad, 321st Bomb Group, and a pamphlet entitled "321st Bomb Group Headlines," which contains stories of the group's experiences from 15 March 1943 to 15 March 1945. Also included are a 1950 National Geographic map of Africa and the roster of Dunn's Rock Lodge No. 267, Brevard, N.C., 1949.

There is a 45 rpm record in this series. Side one contains Terry White, "Georgia Mountains' Jubilee" and side two is Gary Delong, "Wauka Mountain." It is unclear how this record is related to J. Mack Allison Jr.

Folder 1

Correspondence and Diary #01630, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1940-1950." Folder 1

Folder 2

Diploma, University of South Carolina, 1941 #01630, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1940-1950." Folder 2

Folder 3

Publications #01630, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1940-1950." Folder 3

Audiodisc D-1630/1

Terry White, "Georgia Mountains' Jubilee" and Gary Delong, "Wauka Mountain" (45 rpm). #01630, Series: "1. Personal Papers, 1940-1950." D-1630/1

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Papers concerning John Mack Allison Jr.'s military service. Papers through 1946 document his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, while those from 1952-1955 are related to his service in the Air Force Reserve. Included are regulations, official orders, and legal and financial papers. A will made by Allison in 1942 is included. There is also a copy of Allison's complete Individual Flight Record, dated 1 September 1945.

Folder 4

1942-1943 #01630, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1942-1955." Folder 4

Folder 5

1944-1946 #01630, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1942-1955." Folder 5

Folder 6

1952-1955 #01630, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1942-1955." Folder 6

Folder 7

Undated #01630, Series: "2. Official Papers, 1942-1955." Folder 7

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39 items.

Three photographs of J. Mack Allison Jr. in uniform, outside a Charleston, S.C., house. Allison is alone in one photograph and with other people in the other two. There are also several slides--two of groups of people outside a house and others of people on a fishing trip.

The films are home movies and some newsreels. Films have been listed by titles appearing on labels on the individual items. The home movies appear to be mostly vacation footage, with several reels depicting European cities. The four newsreels are from Castle Films' "News Parade" and appear to be related to World War II. Note that playback machinery for films is not available at this time.

Image P-1630/1-3

P-1630/1

P-1630/2

P-1630/3

Photographs of J. Mack Allison Jr. #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." P-1630/1-3

Special Format Image SF-P-1630/1-7

SF-P-1630/1

SF-P-1630/2

SF-P-1630/3

SF-P-1630/4

SF-P-1630/5

SF-P-1630/6

SF-P-1630/7

Slides #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." SF-P-1630/1-7

Film F-1630/1

Vrancken 50th Anniversary, October 1958 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/1

Film F-1630/2

Vrancken 55th Anniversary, Detroit, Windsor (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/2

Film F-1630/3

September 1963 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/3

Film F-1630/4

16 July 1965 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/4

Film F-1630/5

Florida, Busch Garden Birds, March 1966 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/5

Film F-1630/6

New York (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/6

Film F-1630/7

New York, Statue of Liberty (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/7

Film F-1630/8

Circus (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/8

Film F-1630/9

Rome (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/9

Film F-1630/10

Paris (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/10

Film F-1630/11

Holland (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/11

Film F-1630/12

Nurnburg (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/12

Film F-1630/13

London (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/13

Film F-1630/14

Brussels (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/14

Film F-1630/15

Isle of Palms, 9/12/61 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/15

Film F-1630/16

Biltmore House, Charleston Harbor (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/16

Film F-1630/17

Blue Angels (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/17

Film F-1630/18

Georgia Tech Homecoming (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/18

Film F-1630/19

Isle of Palms, 4 July 1961 (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/19

Film F-1630/20

Isle of Palms--Mother, Fort Sumter (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/20

Film F-1630/21-24

F-1630/21

F-1630/22

F-1630/23

F-1630/24

Unlabelled (8 mm. films) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/21-24

Film F-1630/25

News Parade 151. "Yanks Smash Truk" (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/25

Film F-1630/26

News Parade C D 3 "Civilian Fire Fighters" (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/26

Film F-1630/27

News Parade 146. "Italy Surrenders" (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/27

Film F-1630/28

News Parade 138. "West Point" (8 mm. film) #01630, Series: "3. Pictures and Films, Undated." F-1630/28

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About 120 items.
Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

World War II Related Items #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." Folder 8-10

Originals and copies of World War II military orders, Physical Training score cards, immunization records, a transcript of an interview J. Mack Allison did with World News Tonight, and other materials.

Folder 11

World War II Newspaper Clippings #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." Folder 11

Newspaper clippings that mention J. Mack Allison, primarily from his hometown of Brevard, N.C.

Folder 12

World War II Maps #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." Folder 12

Two maps of World War II battle fronts, produced by Esso and Pure Oil companies.

Folder 13

Reunion Materials, 1985-1986 #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." Folder 13

Letters and photographs related to the 1985 and 1986 reunions of J. Mack Allison's World War II units.

Folder 14

Other Materials #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." Folder 14

Copies of J. Mack Allison's birth certificate and his University of South Carolina matriculation card.

Image Folder 2

World War II Photographs #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." 2

About 100 photographs, including J. Mack Allison in uniform, World War II life in North Africa, and other photographs.

Image Folder 3

Photographs, circa 1900s #01630, Series: "4. Addition of June 2008." 3

Includes a photograph of a woman standing on a horse with the notation on verso "Mary or Molly Breese standing on horse," an unidentified group in costumes, and other photographs.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Nick Graham, March 1998

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Revisions: Finding aid updated in October 2008 by Megan Bricker.

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