Official U.S. Navy photo titled “The Magazine of the Shaw Explodes,” 1941. Thomas F. Jones Sr. papers regarding the Civilian Conservation Corps and Pearl Harbor. Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Dec. 3-20: Pearl Harbor exhibition

Library announces exhibition 'Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor'

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12:05 p.m., Nov. 30, 2012--The University of Delaware Library has announced the opening of a new single-case exhibition, “Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor,” which will be on display from Monday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 20, in the Information Room on the first floor of the Morris Library.

The exhibition will memorialize the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise attack on the United States naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy. The attack resulted in the deaths of 2,402 American and 64 Japanese servicemen and marked the entry of the U.S. into the Second World War.

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On display will be several items from the Thomas F. Jones Sr. papers regarding the Civilian Conservation Corps and Pearl Harbor, which was a gift to the University of Delaware Library from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Jones Jr. of Newark, Del.

The manuscript collection is available for research in Special Collections on the second floor of the Morris Library.

Selected items shown in the exhibition document Thomas F. Jones’ service as a private first class stationed in Hawaii, where he was serving as a plane spotter in the hills overlooking Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941.

The exhibition features a training manual given to enlisted men stationed in Hawaii, photographs of American military equipment and personnel, and other items collected by Jones during his time in Hawaii. Of particular note in Jones’ papers is a handwritten "Chronology of Events of 7 December 1941" written on Dec. 10, 1941, which is an important personal account of events during the attack on Pearl Harbor. 

“Remembering the Attack on Pearl Harbor” was curated and designed by Evan Echols, senior assistant librarian in the Manuscripts and Archives Department with installation of the physical and virtual exhibition by Laurie Rizzo, assistant librarian in the Special Collections Department. 

The items on display will be available after being exhibited via the service desk in the Special Collections reading room located on the second floor of the Morris Library.

The exhibition will be available online

More information about the Thomas F. Jones Sr. papers regarding the Civilian Conservation Corps and Pearl Harbor is available online.

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