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Finding aid for the Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memorandums, reports, and other material


Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
DeLay, Theodore S.
United States. Armed Forces Radio Service.
Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material
Collection no.
Date [inclusive]
1.0 linear ft., 2 boxes
Research archive for a history of AFRS activity during World War II. The military radio service broadcast news and entertainment by shortwave wherever U.S. forces were engaged.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Theodore S. DeLay collection of Armed Forces Radio Service memoranda, reports, and other material, Collection no. 0109, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

Research archive gathered by Theodore S. Delay in support of his 1951 USC dissertation, "An Historical Study of the Armed Forces Radio Service to 1946". The collection largely consists of memorandums and reports of official U.S. Army origin, and copies of "AFRS Playback Magazine". The accompanying correspondence and letters of transmittal make it clear that they were most willingly made available to Mr. Delay. The period covered is 1944-45, and the focus is on the Pacific, not the European theater of action. Many Hollywood personalities contributed to the success of AFRS.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


Donated by Theodore S. DeLay, Jr., May 1951.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Armed Forces Radio Service. -- Archives


  • Brochures
  • Memorandums
  • Reports

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States--History--20th century--Archival resources

Personal Name(s)

  • DeLay, Theodore S. -- Archives


  • Armed Forces--History--Archival resources
  • Radio--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Activities and Progress Reports 1944-1945 

Scope and Content

Publications by War Department.

1 1

 AFRS Memorandum undated 

1 2

 AFRS Playback Magazine Vol. 3 No. 3- Vol. 4 No. 1 1945 October 17-1946 January 21 

1 3

 Armed Forces Radio Service 1949 June 1 

Scope and Content

Dissertation by Lt-Col Russell Oliver Fudge.

1 4

 As above Photocopy 1949 June 1 

1 5

 AFRS and its Use by the AAF Regional Hospital at Buckley Field, Colorado undated 

Scope and Content

Typescript by T.S. DeLay, Jr.

1 6

 Citation: for Hollywood Victory Committee undated 

1 7

 Correspondence various 

1 8

 Hitchhiker on AFRS Road to Tokyo TS; letters of Maj. H. Austin Peterson undated 

1 9

 As above Photocopy undated 

1 10

 How Shortwave Serves Our Armed Forces Overseas 1946 May 29 

1 11

 Office of War Information Background Information undated 

1 12

 Outlines of Current AFRS Troop Information Activities 1945 June 25 

1 13

 Progress Report 1942 May 26-1945 December 1 

1 14

 Quarterly Report - Confidential (Unclassified) 1945 April 1-June 30 

1 15

 Radio Listening Habits of Enlisted Men Booklet- Research Branch, Special Service Division, War Department 1942 October 3 

1 16

 Radio on the Battle Fronts - Address given by Martin H. Work undated 

1 17

 Recommendations on the Installation and Operation of an American Expeditionary Station - Prepared by AFRS, Los Angeles undated 

1 18

 Synthesis Report AFRS Morale Services Division 1943 October 25 

1 19

 "This is the Armed Forces Radio Service" Parts 1 and 2 - Part1="Headquarters and Global Operations"; Part 2= "Operations in the European Scene" 1945 August 1 

1 20

 "This is the Armed Forces Radio Service"- The greatest signature in Radio - by Major J.K. Connell undated 

1 21

 Victory through Air Power By Col. T.H.A. Lewis, in National Association of Broadcasters 25th Anniversary Bulletin 1945 March 9 

1 22

 Diagram of Headquarters, Los Angeles Branch AFRS undated 

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Pasted into a diagram detailing the structure of the AFRS

1 23

 Miscellaneous- Memoranda, etc. various 

1 24-25

 Armed Forces Radio Service Forward Plan Bound- 3 volumes 1945 November 1-1946 July 1 

2 1-3

 Information and Education Division Booklet- Privately Printed/Limited Edition 1945 October 

2 4

 History of the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs Series: Historical Reports on War Administration, United States Government Printing Office 1947 

2 5

 Photocopies various 

2 6-7

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