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Michael Amdahl collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 12.0022

Content Description

This collection includes miscellaneous materials collected from numerous sources by Michael Amdahl, a Refuse Transfer Center worker who collected and donated found materials over the course of many years. Included in this collection are a variety of graphic materials, letters, documents, magazines, and a book on the 13th Air Force. Also included are photographs depicting war-torn cities, soldier life, sea and air vessels, and scenery from around Europe.


  • Majority of material found within 1942-1948
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2012-04-03


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

Michael Amdahl works at a Refuse Transfer Center and collects World War II material that has been thrown away by others. This collection contains a series of donations that Mr. Amdahl has made to the Institute. While a large portion of the donated materials were originally owned by Lieutenant Commander George John Tauxe, Amdahl's collection derives from several different people. The assorted nature of this collection and its sources give many insights into the personal experiences of the war throughout the world, the degree of damage to which cities and nature faced, and even the scopes to which American soldiers trained for combat and logistics.


1 Linear Feet (2 half boxes)

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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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was gifted by Michael Amdahl.

Michael Amdahl collection
Aidan A. MacKinlay
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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