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Frankville U.S. Military Collection, 1911-1984 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Frankville U.S. Military Collection, 1911-1984Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Frankville, Dr. Dominick (1917-2006)

Extent: 4.25 Linear Feet

Subjects: Frankville, Dom--Archives, United States--History, Military--20th century--Sources, World politics--20th century--Sources, World War, 1914-1918--Sources, World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Frankville US Military Collection documents Dr. Dominick Frankville's career in the military and academia. The majority of the collection contains historical research pertaining to Frankville’s master's thesis, as well as materials from military classes he taught at DePaul University.  The collection also includes materials from his military assignments.  The majority of documents focus on US military history and Soviet relations after WWII.   Highlights of the collection include several small publications about military history which relate to Frankville’s research.  These materials include diaristic accounts of German and Russian officers during WWII, weapons profiles, field manuals, and detailed writings about battles fought in the Pacific and European theatres.  Substantial parts of the collection concern the Cold War era, especially with regard to US and Russian foreign policy. Items of interest include materials regarding Soviet intelligence and foreign relations, Vietnamese policy, and international security in the nuclear age. Arranged chronologically, the collection is comprised of correspondence, pamphlets, reports, military documents, and books.

Biographical Note

Dr. Dominick Donati Frankville was an Army veteran, military historian, educator, and community organizer born on November 6, 1917 in Silvas, Illinois. He attended St. Ambrose College in 1938 and enlisted in the Army Reserve soon afterwards.  Over the course of his twenty-five year military service, Frankville served in the Second World War and two tours in the Korean War, retiring in 1962. During his service, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colorado College and a Master's of Arts in history from DePaul University.  Frankville's master's thesis, titled "The Lend-lease Program and US Aid to Russia from US Sources," focused on foreign relations between the United States and the USSR.  From 1960 to 1962, Dr. Frankville taught military history at DePaul University and wrote a workbook/study guide for senior ROTC students.  In 1969, he received a doctorate in educational leadership at the United States International University.

Later, Frankville settled in Point Loma and taught history at Dana Junior High School as well as several campuses in the San Diego Community College District.  He went on to volunteer at the Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park, where he became founding curator in 1991. Frankville later became the chairman of the Memorial Day Committee at Fort Rosecrans, where he planned Memorial Day ceremonies for more than a decade.

Frankville was designated San Diego County's Veteran of the Year in 1993, and also received the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge.  He continued to teach at Pacific Beach Middle School until his retirement.  Frankville died on April 27, 2006.

Subject/Index Terms

Frankville, Dom--Archives
United States--History, Military--20th century--Sources
World politics--20th century--Sources
World War, 1914-1918--Sources
World War, 1939-1945--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 1988, 2001

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Dr. Dom Frankville

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Frankville U.S. Military Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.


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Item 1: Department of the Army, "Officers Call", 1950Add to your cart.
Item 2: Department of Defense, "The Armed Forces Officer", 1950Add to your cart.
Item 3: M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Strategic Area Maps, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Operation Ripper," reprint from The East Central Front, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 2: Douglas, Wm. O., "The Fire of Iran," reprint from LIFE magazine, June 18, 1951Add to your cart.
Item 3: Schneck, Hubert, "Conservation for Peace", 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: MAPS: Sardinia, Italy, France, N. Africa (3), 1952Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "The Southeast Asian Collective Defense Treaty," text from Current History Volume 28, 1954Add to your cart.
Item 2: Karpinsky, V., "How the Soviet Union is Governed", 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: MAP: Red China, 1955Add to your cart.
Item 2: Molotov, V.M., "The International Situation and Soviet Foreign Policy", 1955Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "Tactical Consideration of Chemical, Biological, or Radiological (CBR) Warfare for Small Units", 1956Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Columbia University, "International Stability and Progress", 1957Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Department of the Army, "Army ROTC Units and National Defense Cadet Corps Schools", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 2: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Armor Operations", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 3: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Fundamentals of Offensive Combat", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 4: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): Fundamentals of Defensive Combat", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 5: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Fundamentals of Patrolling", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 6: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Estimate of the Situation", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 7: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Engineer Plan for a River Crossing", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 8: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Employment of Obstacles", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 9: Rockefeller Brothers Fund, "International Security, The Military Aspect", 1958Add to your cart.
Item 10: United States War Department, "A Guide to Army Philosophy", 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Item 1: Deutsh, Harold, "New Crisis on Berlin", 1959Add to your cart.
Item 2: Instructor Mission Management System (MMS) for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), "Role of Armor", 1959Add to your cart.
Item 3: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Security of Engineer Units", 1959Add to your cart.
Item 4: Master Lesson Plan (MLP): "Combat Command Offensive Operations", 1959Add to your cart.
Item 5: United States Army School, "Artillery Operations", 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Item 1: Bradley, Gene (ed), "The General Electric Defense Quarterly" Volume 3, Number 1, January-March 1960Add to your cart.
Item 2: Godber, JB, "Chinese Representation in the United States", 1960Add to your cart.
Item 3: Mallory, Lester, "Social Implications of the Act of Bogota"Add to your cart.
Item 4: Parks, E. Taylor, "The First Japanese Diplomatic Mission to the United States", 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: Home, Honorable Earl of, "Foreign Affairs," British Information Services, 1961Add to your cart.
Item 2: McCabe, Gibson, "Seborg's AEC: Atoms for War of Peace" reprint from Newsweek, October 16, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: United States Army Infantry, Tactical Operations HandbookAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Cuba United States Military Policy, 1965-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Item 1: Patrol Leader's Card, 1967Add to your cart.
Item 2: United States Army Infantry School (USAIS), "81MM Mortal Technique of Fire without a Fire Direction Center", 1967Add to your cart.
Item 3: United States Army Infantry School (USAIS), "Small Arms Preventive Maintenance Checklist", 1967Add to your cart.
Item 4: United States Army Infantry School (USAIS), "Close Air Support Guide", 1967Add to your cart.
Item 5: United States Army Infantry School (USAIS), "Preventive Maintenance 81MM Mortar for Tropical Climates", 1967Add to your cart.
Item 6: United States Army Infantry School (USAIS), Army Airmobility Handbook, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: "The World Wars Officer Review: The Military Order of the World Wars", Volume 9, Issue 5; Volume 10, Issues 2, 3, and 5; Volume 2, Issue 5; Volume 12, Issues 1 and 2, 1971Add to your cart.
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Item 1: List of Depository Libraries (For Government Publishing), 1974Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "Army Times," January 15, 1975; Book Review, 1975Add to your cart.
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Item 1: "Republic of Philippines Provincial and Regional Map", 1980Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Pocket Guides to: Arctic (1957), Austria (1953), Great Britain (1955), Germany, 3c. (1956), Japan (1950) and Korea (1956)Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Map (2) Plan of "Krematorium in KzLager"; Okinawa, 1944Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Correspondence between Eloise Swain and Ruth Swain, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Correspondence - Frankville, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Lend-Lease MaterialAdd to your cart.

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