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Archie William Birchwood collection

 Collection — Container: Single Folder Collections - 2009 Box 6 (09.0163-09.0180), Folder: 09.0165 - Folder 1
Identifier: 09.0165

Content Description

This collection relates to Archie William Birchwood who served with the U.S. Coast Guard as a border patrolman and the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. With the Coast Guard, Birchwood searched for illegal immigrants along the Coast of Florida between Miami and Pensacola. This collection includes an oral history transcript and supporting documents including radio licenses, salary, and a merchant passport.


  • 1937-1946
  • Other: Date accessioned


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries 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 by the researcher.

Biographical / Historical

Archie William Birchwood was born March 31, 1917 in Jacksonville, Florida. Birchwood worked for the U.S. Border Patrol searching for illegal immigrants with the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Merchant Marine Service as a radio operator between 1937-1946. His service took him to locations including Aruba, Mexico, Cuba, Florida, New York, Texas, Boston, Baltimore, England, and Scotland. He served on multiple ships including the Amelia, Delphina, Dolomight, Holton, Shickskinny, Argon, John Leckie, and Georgia. He married Mary June Hinson Birchwood. Archie William Birchwood passed away on November 22nd, 2011 at the age of 94 in Saint Cloud, Florida.


1 folders (1 expanding folder)

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Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

Archie W. Birchwood collection
Beatrice Dain
February 10, 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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PO Box 3062047
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