The Museum's superb military collections document the history of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States. The collections include ordnance, firearms, and swords; uniforms and insignia; national and military flags and banners; and many other objects.
The strength of the collections lies in their enormous depth. Some 3,000 military small arms and 2,400 civilian firearms document the mechanical and technological history of the infantryman's weapons from the beginning of the gunpowder era to the present. Among the 4,000 swords and knives in the collection are many spectacular presentation pieces. The collections also include Civil War era telegraph equipment, home front artifacts from both world wars, early computers such as ENIAC, Whirlwind, and Sage, and materials carried at antiwar demonstrations.
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- Lanza served in the U.S. Army during World War II and during the occupation years in Japan after the war, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. He saw Hiroshima just a few weeks after the bombing. He later taught at New York University.
- Letters sent by Lanza to his mother during his U.S. Army service in Japan during and after World War II, and photographs he took. Other miscellaneous items, such as newsletters, clippings and drawings. The addendum includes a diary, additional photographs, travel and language guides for Japan; and detached pages from a scrapbook with a drawing, Lanza's official Army papers, snapshots, and ephemeral items.
- Cite as
- Anthony Lanza World War II Letters and Photographs, 1943-1946, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Kenneth Lanza
- Bombardment, 1945
- 20th century
- Lanza, Anthony 1925-1995
- Lanza, Kenneth
- Local number
- 2005.3106 (NMAH Acc.)
- 2007.3055 (NMAH Acc.)
- Data Source
- Archives Center - NMAH