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New user interface being implemented for The BenHaven Archives Online

By Al R. Young All of the documentary content of the wiki that has been available since 2009 at The BanHaven Archives Online (www.benhanvenarchives.org) will now be hosted as a sub-domain of www.alyoung.com.  One of the primary objectives for this change is to facilitate ongoing management and expansibility of content.

This will be a phased transition with status announcements published in our Newsroom as each milestone is achieved.  Check for ANNOUNCEMENTS at The BenHaven Archives (overview)... Read more »

Tags: 2017, BenHaven Archives, News


The BenHaven Archives (overview)

By Al R. Young announcements (updated 2017 January 20)
Click this heading for recent publication announcements and other news about The BenHaven Archives.

purpose & history of the benhaven archives

guidelines for requests to copy or publish historical documents and other items (updated 2017 January 20)

contacting the archives (updated 2017 January 20)... Read more »

Tags: 2017, BenHaven Archives, My Fathers Captivity, Overview


Guidelines for Requests to Copy or Publish Historical Documents, Commentary, Book Excerpts or Photographs from Al Young Studios or The BenHaven Archives

By Al R. Young
To initiate a request for permission to reproduce images of artworks created by the Artists of Al Young Studios, please read Guidelines for Requests to Copy or Publish Artworks Created by the Artists of Al Young Studios.

To initiate a request for permission to reproduce historical documents and photographs from The BenHaven Archives, as well as all other visual and verbal material published by the Artists and Writers of Al Young Studios, please email to us the following information... Read more »

Tags: 2017, BenHaven Archives, News, Operations announcements


Contacting The BenHaven Archives

By Al R. Young
The BenHaven Archives does not offer access to its papers and artifacts (except through digital copies), nor is it possible to visit or tour the Archives. The Archives is neither staffed nor housed to provide such services.

In connection with My Father's Captivity, Al Young Studios published digital copies of most of the original materials, upon which the book is based, in 2009.  This was done as a public service, with the objective of providing free online access to families and descendants of prisoners of war, as well as access for students, writers, researchers, and other interested parties... Read more »

Tags: 2017, BenHaven Archives, News, Operations announcements


The BenHaven Archives: Jerry Berg publishes evaluation of Archive's POW shortwave radio message collection

By Al R. Young Anyone interested in the 340 images of POW messages currently available at the Internet site for The BenHaven Archives will benefit greatly from reading "POWMonitoring and the Messages of Alfred R. Young" by historian and author Jerry Berg. His review evaluates the Archives' collection in terms of such topics as demographics, message-relay formats used by shortwave listeners, message content, Radio Tokyo's presentation of the messages, and message recordings.

Mr. Berg's review is part of the many research aids available at Ontheshortwaves... Read more »

Tags: 2013, BenHaven Archives, News, Shortwave radio POW messages


The BenHaven Archives: WWII shortwave radio POW message collection

By Al R. Young
One of the increasingly amazing aspects of World War II is the extent to which not only the nation but its allies coalesced during the conflict. For the parents of Alfred R. Young, for example, an important facet of their home-front ordeal was the community of encouragement and commiseration that voluntarily sprang up around them.

Perhaps nowhere is this more evident or susceptible of study and understanding than in the letters, post cards, telegrams, and notes from telephone calls they received in connection with shortwave radio messages purportedly originating with their son... Read more »

Tags: 2013, BenHaven Archives, Shortwave radio POW messages