Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Darley Downs papers, circa 1942 -- 1959

Darley Downs papers, circa 1942 -- 1959

This series is open for research, but contains some fragile material. Restrictions related to specific material are listed in the detailed contents list.

0.25 linear feet; 0.25 linear feet; 1 box

This series contains a diary kept by Darley Downs during his internment at Los Banos, the internment camp in the Philippines where he was held, as well as correspondence and newspaper clippings. The diary, kept in the back pages of a salary ledger book, begins in June 1942 in Dansalan (page 45) and continues through April 1945 in Emporia, Kansas (page 143). A transcription of entries from June 1942 through January 1943 (page 45-72), created by Downs' son AJ Downs in 1997, is also included. Correspondence includes a Department of State memo on Downs, letters from Downs to his family, a telegram announcing Downs' rescue, and a letter to Downs from friends in the Philippines. The photocopied newspaper clippings-- from publications including the New York Times, the Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Emporia Gazette-- relate to Darley Downs and the release of Americans from Los Banos.

This series is arranged by format.

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Box 1 Folder 1 Diary, 1942 -- 1945

This file contains an extremely fragile original diary. Transcription should be used for access when possible.

This file contains a handwritten diary kept by Darley Downs during his internment at Los Banos, as well as a typed partial transcription.

Box 1 Folder 2 Correspondence, 1943 -- 1947

Box 1 Folder 3 Clippings, circa 1945 -- 1959