date(s):
1936-1993
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A2272 Spatz, Michael E. Papers Inventory of Michael E. Spatz Papers A2272 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-02 06:34:23 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Michael E. Spatz Papers A2272 1.6 Cubic Feet (3 boxes; 1 volume) 1936-1993 1940s Processing Information Processed by Sarah Mayersohn, June-July 2007. Donor Information Donated by Mrs. James Coleman, Jr. of Saint Louis and her sister, the daughters of Michael Spatz. Biographical Sketch Michael E. Spatz was born on January 7, 1912, in Louisville, Kentucky, where he attended the University of Louisville. He married Charleen Spatz and enlisted as a Coast Guard Yeoman, 2nd Class Reserve, on May 2, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri. Spatz served in the United States Coast Guard as a yeoman, radio reporter in the Pacific, and the representative for the USCG in the Four Freedoms War Bond Show. Honorably discharged as Yeoman, First Class, Reserve in 1945, Spatz became an area director and spokesman of the American Heritage Foundation for the Freedom Train tour in 1947-1948. Scope and Contents The collection contains original correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, publications, and business papers relating to the effort to increase patriotism during and after the Second World War, ranging from 1942 to 1948 with several letters from 1936. There are also more personal items such as Coast Guard patches and a scrapbook detailing Spatz's experience during his service in the war. Most of the collection items relate to either the Four Freedoms War Bond Show tour (1943-1944) in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Los Angeles, California, or the American Heritage Foundation Freedom Train tour around the country in 1947-1948. Included are also records of Four Freedoms and Freedom Train shows in Saint Louis and Missouri. Arrangement The collection is arranged by subject and chronologically within each folder. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Michael E. Spatz Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. United States -- Armed Forces World War, 1939-1945 -- France Spatz, Michael E., 1912- United States. Coast Guard Personal papers, correspondence, memorandums, and business papers. 1936-1948 1 1 Four Freedoms War Bond Show papers. 1943-1944 1 2 Spatz's radio questionnaires and scripts. 1945 July-no date 1 3 "Radio Script Michael Spatz, USCG"; (on side: "Scripts approved and censored"). No date 1 4 "Spatz, Michael E. production log." 1945 1 5 Newspaper and magazine clippings. 1940s-1993 1 6 Additional newspaper clippings. 1947-1948 1 7 Miscellaneous. No date 1 8 Southeast America. 1947 Fall 2 1 Burlington, VT--exhibit. 1947 Oct 15 2 2 Montpelier, VT--exhibit. 1947 Oct 16 2 3 Concord, NH--exhibit. 1947 Oct 17 2 4 Nashua, NH--exhibit. 1947 Oct 18 2 5 Lowell, MA--exhibit. 1947 Oct 19 2 6 Lawrence, MA--exhibit. 1947 Oct 20 2 7 Pensacola, FL--exhibit. 1947 Dec 23 2 8 Mobile, AL--exhibit. (2-day layover for Christmas) 1947 Dec 26 2 9 Montgomery, AL--exhibit. 1947 Dec 27 2 10 Tuscaloosa, AL--exhibit. 1947 Dec 28 2 11 Columbus, GA--exhibit. 1947 Dec 30 2 12 California. 1948 Feb-Mar 2 13 Missouri. 1948 June 2 14 "Budgets/Michigan." 1948 Aug 3 1 New Jersey. 1948 Oct 3 2 Staten Island, NY, Thanksgiving, plus Armande Stassart coverage. 1948 Nov 25 3 3 "Train Information and Freedom Train Script." No date 3 4 "General." No date 3 5 Expenses. 1947 Aug 11-Dec 28 3 6 Expenses. 1947 Dec 29-1948 June 7 3 7 Expenses. 1948 June 7-Dec 19 3 8 Scrapbook titled "The Four Freedoms," compiled by Michael Spatz. No date Volume 1