PARTON, JAMES Papers. 1924-1945

.83 cu ft, 1 reel negative microfilm

Call No. 168.7144, 34133

IRIS Nos. 1032808, 1041198, 1042911-1042922, 0892984

(1912- ). Lieutenant Colonel. USAAF, 1942-1945. Born 10 December 1912, Newburyport, MA. AB, Harvard U, 1934. Various positions, Time, Inc., 1935-1941. Commissioned Second Lieutenant, USAAF, 1942. Air Force assignments include: Aide to General Ira Eaker; Historian, Eighth Air Force; Chairman, US Army Commission for publications Target-Germany, 1942-1945. Discharged from USAAF, 1945. Promotional and Editorial Director, Time-Life International, 1945-1947; Editor and Publisher, Los Angeles Independent, 1948-1949; Consultant, US State Department, 1949; Promotional Director, New York Herald Tribune, 1950-1951; Assistant to President and Chairman, Forum, 1951-1953; Vice President and Treasurer, Thorndike, Jensen and Parton, Inc., 1953-1975; Founder and President, American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc., 1954-1970; President, Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation, 1970-1972; Chairman, Executive Committee, Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation; President, James Parton and Company and Trustee, USAF Historical Foundation, 1972.

Personal and official papers relating to Parton's WWII service. Consists of correspondence concerning the organization of USAAF bombing operations in Europe and North Africa (1942-1945). Includes three volumes of bound original copies of Impact published as "The AAF Confidential Picture History of World War II" with retrospective essays by World War II journalists and leaders. Contains WWII photographs of various types of aircraft, bombing sites and miscellaneous subjects. Also includes publication entitled Target-Germany, which relates the story of the VIII Bomber Command's first year over Europe (1942-1943).

Some materials available on microfilm only. Originals located at USAF Academy Library.

Related materials located elsewhere in the Document Collection, Air Force Historical Research Agency, include a report on the Historical Division written by Parton, July 1945 (168.27-2).

Other holdings and related materials are located at Columbia University and Harvard University Houghton Library.