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Creator: Dr. James (Jim) Minn, 1922-2010
Collection Number: M496
Collection Title: Minn (Jim) World War II Memories
Size: 11 items
Language: Materials in the collection are in English
Dates: Written circa 1999-2002, the memoir spans the period of 1943-1944
Collection Status: Fully processed
Abstract: Jim Minn was a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Collection contains an audio cassette and typed notes of his memories as a scout in the First Platoon of “D” Dog Troop in the 94th Recon of the 14th Armored Division in France and Germany during World War II. The tape was recorded on May 31, 1999.
World War II, 1939-1945
3. Biographical/Historical Note
Taken from Dr. Minn’s obituary published in the Hattiesburg American on January 16, 2011.
Dr. James Minn, a gentleman and a scholar, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2010. Jim was beloved by all who knew him, and was described as a modern "Renaissance Man" due to his love of science, the arts, and people near and far. Jim was the next to last of six children, and the only boy, born to Scotch Irish immigrants, Maggie Esler and James Minn, Sr., on January 25, 1922, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was proud to share a birthday with the legendary Scottish poet, Robert Burns, whose poetry he often quoted. Like Burns, Jim's family was financially poor, but maintained good humor, affection and education. Jim mastered the requirements of high school at age 15, and received a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh.
4. Scope and Content Note
Minn’s collection is comprised primarily of an audio cassette containing his memories of his service with the U.S. Army during World War II, a typescript of the audio and notes of additional memories. The collection also includes email correspondence from friends Jim served with commenting on the copies of his recorded memories sent to them. Photocopies of photos taken during the war and sketches were also included. The collection is arranged in the order items were received.
Minn’s memoir provides a personal reflection that recounts experiences during World War II in France and Germany. The memories begin with basic training and take the reader through a dated account of his platoon’s travels and events that took place.
Series one consists of the of the audio cassette and notes covering memories not mentioned on the tape
Series two is personal correspondence pertaining to the recorded World War II memories, a thirty one page typescript of “Jim Minn’s World War II Memories”, black and white photocopies of photos taken during World War II and photocopies of sketches drawn by Jim Minn
6. Related Material
Related collections at the University of Southern Mississippi include:
7. Administrative Information
Provenance: Donated by Dr. Jim Minn
Use Restrictions: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Reproduction of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Provision of photocopies or digital reproductions does not constitute permission to publish, distribute, provide internet access to, or otherwise display images of materials in this collection. Copyright is retained by the lawful copyright holder, and it is the responsibility of the permission seeker to contact and secure permission from the copyright holder. Where copyright permission is not granted, images are only for use in private study subject to the Fair Use exceptions made in U.S. Copyright Law.
Access Restrictions: Open to research
Preferred Citation Method: In citing these materials, the following information should be included:
Item, title of collection, McCain Library and Archives, The University of Southern Mississippi.
Processing Information: Collection processed and finding aid written by [JJ Crawley], [April 16, 2015].
· Obituary published in Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 16, 2011. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/hattiesburgamerican/obituary.aspx?n=james-minn&pid=147769903
· Personal page maintained by G. Christie. The photos found under WWII links correspond with the copies donated and are of better quality. Contains a transcript of his memories that corresponds to the donated materials as well as additional information related to awards earned and souvenirs saved while serving in WWII. Personal website: Christie, G. (n.d.). Jim Minn. Retrieved from: http://jimminn.net/
8. Container List
Folder 1 Correspondence: Personal. June 30, 2002, from Bob Tauber
Folder 2 Correspondence: Personal. July 7, 1999, from Vernon H Brown
Folder 3 Black and white photocopy of undated photographs of soldiers with typed captions below each photo.
Folder 4 Black and white photocopy of undated photographs of soldiers including Jim Minn with handwritten name and arrow pointing to Jim.
Folder 5 Black and white photocopy of undated photographs of soldiers with typed captions below in addition to handwritten names and arrows pointing to Jim Minn, Bill Lewis and Joe Sirianni.
Folder 6 Black and white photocopy of undated photographs of soldiers with typed captions below in addition to a handwritten name and arrow pointing to Jim.
Folder 7 Black and white photocopy of undated photographs of soldiers and a landmark sign with typed captions below in addition to handwritten names and arrows point to Jim Minn and Vernon Brown.
Folder 8 Black and white photocopy of sketches with a handwritten note on one, circa 1979, of buildings and scenery. Two of the four sketches have a visible artist signature J Minn and date. The other two do not have a visible signature and date.
Folder 9 Typed page of additional memories not included in the audio recording or typescript.
Folder 10 Cassette tape labeled Jim Minn WWII Memories 5-31-99. Side A&B 90 Minutes.
Folder 11 Thirty one page spiral bound typescript of the audio cassette titled Jim Minn’s World War II Memories.
9. Item List
10. Publication Information
Publisher: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries, Special Collections
Physical Address: The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
McCain Library & Archives
118 College Drive #5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148