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Theodore Oxman collection

 Collection — Container: 11.0080 - Box 1
Identifier: 11.0080

Content Description

This collection consists of correspondence and official records related to the service of Theodore Oxman in the Army Air Force in World War II. As part of the collection there is a sixty-fifth anniversary booklet of the Cornell University’s Class of 1948 where alumni recount their World War II experiences in the different branches of the armed services. The collection also contains two photographs of Oxman and a book documenting the personnel and mission of the Grenada Army Air Field in Grenada, Mississippi.


  • 1942-2013
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2001-11-22


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

Theodore Oxman was born in New York City on February 13, 1915 and graduated in 1932 from Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Prior to entering the service, Oxman resided in Brooklyn, New York and worked as a purchasing agent for Interstate Department Stores from 1933-1942. On November 11, 1942 Oxman entered the Army Air Force. After completing basic training, Oxman attended an eight week course in Administrative and Supply at Eastern Oklahoma A and M College in Wilburton, Oklahoma. Oxman served at Grenada Army Air Field (Mississippi) in the Special Services Section with responsibility for overseeing recreational programs for the base. His duties included budgeting and supervising personnel needed to maintain the theater, service clubs, personal affairs section, rest camp, and Saturday night dances organized by the USO. One of the highlights of his army air force was arranging for the performance of Guy Lombardo and his band at Grenada. After leaving Grenada, Oxman oversaw an officer’s mess at a B-29 base in Texas. Oxman was discharged on December 4, 1945 at Fort Bliss, Texas with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Initially after the war, Oxman continued working in the retail sector, but in 1951 became a stock broker. Oxman passed away on April 1, 2014 and is buried at Sarasota National Cemetery in Sarasota, Florida.


.25 Linear Feet (1 quarter box)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Theodore Oxman

Theodore Oxman collection
G. Kurt Piehler
January 28, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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