John J. Smolka diaries

John J. Smolka diaries

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Smolka, John J., 1911-
Title: John J. Smolka diaries
Dates: 1940-1944
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract:The collection consists of three diaries of John J. Smolka from 1940-1944. All three diaries relate to his experiences in the United States Marine Corps from his training in 1940 to his duty in World War II. The collection contains a diary (1940-1944) containing brief accounts of Smolka's day to day activities, a diary (January - May 1943) containing recreational activities on the Marine base at Mt. Martha Balcombe, Australia, and a diary (May - October 1944) documenting recreational activities at Puvuvu (Russell Island). The collection also contains a 44-page autobiographic sketch in which Smolka recounts his life until 1968.
Coll. Number: ms2704

Biographical/Historical Note

John J. "Johnny" Smolka (1911- ), joined U.S. Marines in 1940, radio operator and later recreation director, stationed at Mt. Martha Balcombe in Australia and Puvuvu (Russell Island) during World War II.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Mount Martha Balcombe (Australia)
Pavuvu (Russell Islands)
Soldiers--Recreation--United States.
Soldiers--United States--Diaries.
United States. Marine Corps.
World War, 1939-1945--Australia.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1939-1945--Russell Islands.
World War, 1939-1945--Social aspects.

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John J. Smolka diaries. MS 2704. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Autobiographical Sketch
2Diary, 1941-1944
3Australia Record, 1943
4Russell Islands Record, 1944