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

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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: Annals of American Academy of Political and Social Science, Canadian National Problems, Volume 65, 1913Add to your cart.
This item removed from collection, catalogued, and shelved. See the Library's catalog for holdings of this title.
Item 2: Report of Operations, 12th Army Group, Volumes 4 and 5Add to your cart.
Item 3: United States Navy, National Aviation Review,, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 4: National Education Association (NEA): Propaganda Front of the Radical Left, 1984Add to your cart.
Missing as of October 2018.
Item 5: Conquest Without War, 1961Add to your cart.
Item 6: How to Prevent Your Young Person from Becoming a CommunistAdd to your cart.
Missing as of October 2018.
Item 7: Communism and the New Left, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 8: Why They Behave like Russians, 1947Add to your cart.
Item 9: The Roots of American Communism, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 10: Mission to Moscow, 1943Add to your cart.
Item 11: United States Foreign Policy, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 12: The Citadel of Freedom, 1924Add to your cart.
Item 13: Speaking Frankly, 1947Add to your cart.

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