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Monte Allen U.S.S. Kwajalein collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 16.0019

Scope and Contents

The Monte Allen U.S.S. Kwajalein (CVE-98) collection contains comprehensive records pertaining to officially recorded, declassified daily life aboard the Casablanca Class Escort Carrier U.S.S. Kwajalein, an aircraft carrier, as well as various visual and auditory artifact materials relating to the work and lives of its crewmen.

The collection specifically regards the life of U.S. Navy sailor Monte Allen, information he was able to preserve, and the first-hand observations he deemed important. Allen authored the collection himself. The collection contains detailed photocopies of and notes on ship records, including war diaries, daily logs, muster rolls, and reports of changes amongst the crew and aboard the ship. Direct annotations from Monte Allen within the photocopies provide notes on such things as the living status of crewmen at the time of his writing. Other materials include miscellaneous photographs, copies of photographs, film recordings, naval sheet music, and related publications. These publications describe the lives of sailors postwar and the status of destroyed marine vessels. The image of collection author Monte Allen is featured prominently in the photographs, as well as his perspective in the form of added photograph captions.


  • 1944-2009
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1945
  • Other: Date acquired: 2016-08-03
  • Other: Date accessioned: 2020-05-13


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

Monte Allen served aboard the U.S.S. Kwajalein from its commissioning in June 1944 until November 1945.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 half boxes)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Monte Allen. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on August 3, 2016.

Custodial History

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


Monte Allen U.S.S. Kwajalein collection
Lane Elizabeth Miller
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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