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Series VII: Service Records
This series consists of surveys, questionnaires, forms and lists from a successful
attempt by the university to document the war activities (both military and
civilian) of its faculty, staff and alumni. Includes original forms filled out by
individuals as well as compilation lists from these surveys. There were three main
attempts at gathering this information: the Alumni War Record, the Armed Services
Status Surveys, and the War Activities Questionnaire.
The Alumni War Record includes correspondence from 1942-1943 regarding how
colleges and universities were to keep up with their alumni who were entering the
armed forces and how to create a war record. This part of the series includes
lists of CU alumni in the armed forces (ca. 1942-1943) as well as examples of the
printed matter sent out to collect alumni war record info. The Armed Services
Status Surveys were sent to all departments of the University in 1950 to find out
who had served in WWII as well as current military involvement (e.g., reserve
unit, drafted, etc.). The files are arranged alphabetically, university offices
first and then academic departments. Individual surveys are arranged
alphabetically within a folder.
The War Activities Questionnaire comprises the bulk of this series. This was an
attempt by the Office of the Secretary to survey all the faculty and staff at the
University as to their participation in the war effort. Organized by Philip M.
Hayden, Secretary of the University in 1946-1947, the Secretary was insistent that
he obtain responses from everyone. Materials include departmental rosters/lists,
completed survey forms, correspondence and memos regarding gathering of
information, questionnaires filled out by faculty, instructors, research
assistants, associates, assistant professors, and the occasional other (e.g.,
Trustees, chaplains, registrars, deans). Folders are arranged alphabetically by
name of department, school or office and surveys are arranged alphabetically
within each folder.