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Stanley P. Koss collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 12.0030

Scope and Contents

This collection relates to Stanley P. Koss who served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Koss participated in the battle for Bastogne, Belgium. The majority of this collection pertains to Stanley P. Koss's war bond tour of war production plants in New York and New Jersey as part of an effort to boost war worker morale. The collection includes military orders, itineraries, letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings related to this tour, as well as several souvenirs acquired during the trip. Also included are letters from Koss's pre-service employer, Christmas cards, and a telegram informing Koss's mother that Stanley's brother had been killed in action. The collection includes various post-war newspaper clippings, including a full copy of the VJ Day issue of the Chicago Herald-American.


  • Created: 1942-1994
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 2012-06-11


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 or Historical Information

Stanley P. Koss was born April 7, 1918, in Chicago, IL and served as a paratrooper with the 101st Airborne Division who fought at the Battle of Bastogne and later toured war production plants in the Northeast United States as part of an effort to boost war worker morale. Two artillerymen who toured with Koss were African American. Before the war, he worked for Central Power and Light in Corpus Christi, TX. He later retired to central Florida. Koss passed away on April 11, 2001, in Leesburg, FL. Stanley P. Koss's brother, Technical Sergeant Charles E. Koss, 8th Army Air Force, was killed in action over Belgium, May 12, 1944.


2.75 Linear Feet (1 half box, 1 OS (21x17"))

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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.

Source of Acquisition

Phillip Koss and Carla K. Campbell (Son and daughter of Stanley P. Koss)

Method of Acquisition


Stanley P. Koss collection
Michael McLaughlin
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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