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Guide to the Papers of David Span
1936-1945 (bulk 1943)
  MS 580

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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Matthew Murphy

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 04, 2011
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: David Span Papers
Dates: 1938-1945 (bulk 1943)
Abstract: David Span was a Jewish American who served with the Army Air Force during World War II. This collection contains approximately one hundred and thirty three letters, most of which are written by David Span to his parents, Joseph Span and Jennie Span, and to his brother, Murray Span, who was serving in the United States Army. There are also letters from Murray Span to their parents, as well as several letters to Murray from friends of his who were also serving in various branches of the Armed Forces.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Location note: Manuscript cage
Call Phrase: MS 580

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Biographical Note

David Span, a Jewish American from the Bronx, NY, was born on April 17th, 1921 to Joseph and Jennie Span. He was working as a machinist at the time of his enlistment. David Span enlisted as an Army Warrant Officer on February 18th, 1943, and was shortly after sent to Camp Upton in Long Island, New York.

David spent most of 1943 at various Army Air Force training facilities, such as the Army Air Force Technical School in Lincoln, Nebraska and Dale Mabry Field in Talahassee, Florida. David's brother, Murray, was stationed in South Carolina before being shipped to fight in France. It is not known from the letters the extent of David Span's service during the subsequent years of the war, 1944-1945. David Span died on August 20th, 1973, and was buried at the Long Island National Cemetary in Pinelawn, N.Y.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately one hundred and thirty three letters, most of which are written by David Span to his parents, Joseph Span and Jennie Span, and to his brother, Murray Span, who was serving in the United States Army. There are also letters from Murray Span to his parents, as well as several letters to Murray from friends of his who were also serving in various branches of the Armed Forces.

In the letters, David writes about his training in the Army Air Force at various bases across the country. There are also a few letters where he speaks about his interactions with other Jewish Americans in the Army. Highlights of the correspondence include: a 1943 letter from a Jewish chaplain to Mr. and Mrs. Span about how David would be given full opportunity to practice his religion, and a newspaper printed for airmen at Republic Aviation Corp. in Farmingdale, L.I.

In addition to the typed and hand-written letters the collection contains a telegram, a holiday card from David to Murray, and a few printed items and ephemera. One letter from Sgt. B. ["Benie"] Epstein to Mrs. H. Epstein most likely ended up with these letters due to the fact that Murray Span and "Benie" Epstein were friends, as Benie wrote him multiple letters during the War.

Arrangement

Letters are arranged chronologically by addressee. Since many letters were themselves not dated, the envelope for each letter has been placed in front of the corresponding letter.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Span, David -- 1921-1973
  • Span, Jennie
  • Span, Joseph
  • Span, Murray

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • Envelopes
  • Ephemera
  • Greenting cards
  • Telegrams

Subject Organizations

  • Republic Aviation Corporation
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Air Base Squadron, 42nd
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Air Force, 18th
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Fighter Squadron, 312th
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Technical School Squadron, 905th
  • United States. Army Air Forces. Technical Training Command. Basic Training Center No. 10
  • United States. Army Air Forces

Subject Topics

  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, American
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Jews -- United States
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, American
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Jewish

Subject Places

  • Camp Upton (N.Y.)
  • Dale Mabry Field (Fl.)
  • Lincoln Air Base (Neb.)
  • Perry Air Base (Fl.)

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchase, 2007

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to:

Manuscripts Curator
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as David Span Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

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Container List


Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 March
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 April
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 May
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 June
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 July
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 August
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 September
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 October
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 November
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Correspondence to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 December
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Correspondence to Murray Span
1943 April-December
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Correspondence from Murray Span to his family
1943 April-1945 February
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Correspondence from Jennie Span to Murray Span
1943 December
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Correspondence to Murray Span from friends
1943 August-1944 June
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Correspondence from Army Chaplains to Joseph and Jennie Span
1943 July, 1943 November
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Other Correspondence to David Span
1942 August-November, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Letter from Sgt. B. Epstein to Mrs. H. Epstein
1943 November
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Printed Material and Ephemera
1936-1943, undated

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