2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 14, 2022 9:50 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking records of the USO show in Wilkes Barre

    Terry Pavlacka Newbie

      I have a ticket stub from a USO show from 7-6-1943.  It was held at the Capitol Theatre in Wilkes Barre, PA.  It belonged to my parents.  I'm trying to find out what show they saw.  They tried the USO but their records don't go back that far.  Thank you

        • Re: Seeking records of the USO show in Wilkes Barre
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          If you go to your local library they may have older copies of the Wilkes-Barre Record Newspaper from that date in 1943. It may give you an Idea what was being played.

          • Re: Seeking records of the USO show in Wilkes Barre
            Jason Atkinson Guide

            Dear Terry Pavlacka,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            The United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) is a nonprofit-charitable corporation. Although it is congressionally-chartered, it is not a government agency, and therefore it does not send its historical records to the National Archives.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 5 series in various record groups relating to USO shows, but none include shows in Pennsylvania. We also located the General Correspondence, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of Joint Army and Navy Boards and Committees (Record Group 225) that includes 4 file units pertaining to Camp Shows. Pus, we located the General Records, 1942 - 1945 in the Records of Headquarters Army Service Forces (Record Group 160) that includes 18 file units pertaining to entertainment. The program you seek may be in these file units only if the show was basically there for the troops in the area. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2.  We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic. Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


            We located resources related to the USO on Social Networks and Archival Context. You may wish to review the collections listed there as having records related to the USO.


            We concur with the previous suggestion to check local history resources such as libraries. You also may wish to contact the Luzerne County Historical Society.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!