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World War II casualty: Arthur Clayton Vandivort

Southeast Missourian—The men and women who served and lived during World War II are passing away each day. What they left behind are photographs, letters, diaries and oral histories of a nation's sacrifice. Factories were retrofitted for war production, and citizens endured food and gas rations, while enthusiastically supporting war bond drives. The Vandivort family of Cape Girardeau had two sons who enlisted, Arthur Clayton and William Soresby. One made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our nation.

“A Trial by Fire Process”: Digital Archiving at the State Historical Society of Missouri

bloggERS!—Interviewee Senior Archivist Elizabeth Engel serves at the Columbia Research Center on the University of Missouri campus. Elizabeth’s entry into the archival field was due partly to happenstance. After enrolling in the University of Iowa’s (UI) School of Information Science, Elizabeth expected to work in public libraries—especially because she had worked in similar settings during her high school and college years. However, she seized upon an opportunity to complete a work-study assignment at the...

Trans World Airlines Collections Document Kansas City’s Place in Aviation History

Missouri holds a significant place in aviation history, not least because of the longtime presence within the state of Trans World Airlines (TWA). Long headquartered in Kansas City, TWA once planned to build its primary hub there, but after many years of disagreement with the local authorities, the airline giant instead established its operations center at St. Louis Lambert International Airport while moving its corporate headquarters to New York. In 1992, TWA filed its first of three bankruptcies and moved the headquarters to St. Louis.