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Somethin' to Write Home About: World War II

An exhibit featuring letters from the Regional History Center Collections

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Oversize Cllection, RC 200, #s 389, 412

Metal Rationing

Salvage for Victory flier
W.W. Embree Collection, RC 2, Box 6, Folder 47

Alluminum and paper scrap piles collected for the war effort, DeKalb

W.W. Embree Collection, RC 2, 12/1-S-6

World War II

August 11, 1945

Soldiers not only craved news from home, such as in the letter from Waite Embree to Major Loren Ake, but were desperate to get information back to their families. Robert Borden, a sailor from Rockford, Illinois tried unsuccessfully to inform his family about his responsibilities and location. Most of his letters were marked rejected by censors and returned. Borden evaded censors by handing off a nine-page letter to a shipmate who was returning to Illinois from their ship, which was located near Japan. Loose Lips Sink Ships.


W.W. Embree Collection, RC 2, Box 1, Folder 11



Robert Borden Papers, RC 186, Box 20, Folder 3

Working Women in during the War

"Women in war work" pamphlet, United States Employment Service of the War Manpower Commission

W.W. Embree Collection, RC 2, box 6, folder 47

Wurlitzer Company, DeKalb, Illinois. Workers, mostly women, helping with war production

Wurlitzer Company Records, RC 169, Box 3, Folder 1