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Wilson Averre Koontz collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 16.0031

Scope and Contents

This World War II collection documents the life of U.S. Marine Wilson Koontz in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945, as well as the stories of his ancestry, children, and grandchildren. The collection is mainly comprised of personal papers, letters, and documents as well as a leather pouch and a scrapbook of the family's history. The scrapbook details his post-war experiences through various documents and writings from his daughter, as well as the lives of his descendants.


  • Created: 1942-2016
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/09/2016


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Users may access this collection at the Claude Pepper Library.

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

Wilson Averre Koontz was born on January 18, 1912 in Eunice, Louisiana. He served as a radio operator in the United States Marine Corps in the 1st Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.  Prior to his overseas experience, he trained in Quantico, Virginia, until he transferred to California and Hawaii to serve with the 1st Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division in the Pacific campaign in the Marshall Islands, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. After the war, he returned home to his wife and daughters until he eventually retired in Jacksonville, Florida. He passed away in 1989.


9 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.

Source of Acquisition

Christine Miller Koontz

Method of Acquisition


Wilson Averre Koontz collection
Christina G. Armes and Emily Woessner
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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PO Box 3062047
Tallahassee FL 32306-2047 US