Stories about college campus life during WWII have been somewhat marginalized in history books. Telling the tales of the brutality of war, the heroism and sacrifices of men and women at home as well as abroad, and the war’s impact on global and national policies and economics took precedence. Even in the small collection of histories about military programs on college campuses during this period (e.g., Herge, 1996; Schneider, 1987; Cordozier, 1993), the focus was the military presence on campuses. While these histories are important to our understanding about and knowledge of WWII, they leave behind the long-silenced richness of campus life.
Muhlenberg Narratives from WWII Era is a collaborative, student-centered project that contributes to the democratization and accessibility of the college’s history. Instead of populating the library’s profile with collection highlights selected by staff, the students of Dr. Kathryn Ranieri’s Documentary Research course, working in close collaboration with Trexler Library Archivist Susan Falciani, researched primary sources to create short digital documentaries about the cultural and military life on campus during the WWII era.
These short digital documentaries, created by novice documentary students, have been researched and produced under faculty and librarian supervision and with a determination to work ethically and responsibly. While we strongly encourage accuracy, we understand that errors occasionally occur in student work. We apologize for any errors or omissions.