Overview of the Collection
Scope and Contents
Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Frankville U.S. Military Collection
Frankville, Dr. Dominick, 1917-2006
Physical Description: 4.25 linear ft
Language of Materials:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Dr. Dominick Donati Frankville was an Army veteran, military historian, educator, and community organizer born on November
6, 1917 in Silvas, Illinois. He attended St. Ambrose College in 1938 and enlisted in the Army Reserve soon afterwards. Over
the course of his twenty-five year military service, Frankville served in the Second World War and two tours in the Korean
War, retiring in 1962. During his service, he earned a bachelor's degree in history from Colorado College and a Master's of
Arts in history from DePaul University. Frankville's master's thesis, titled "The Lend-lease Program and US Aid to Russia
from US Sources," focused on foreign relations between the United States and the USSR. From 1960 to 1962, Dr. Frankville
taught military history at DePaul University and wrote a workbook/study guide for senior ROTC students. In 1969, he received
a doctorate in educational leadership at the United States International University.
Later, Frankville settled in Point Loma and taught history at Dana Junior High School as well as several campuses in the San
Diego Community College District. He went on to volunteer at the Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park, where
he became founding curator in 1991. Frankville later became the chairman of the Memorial Day Committee at Fort Rosecrans,
where he planned Memorial Day ceremonies for more than a decade.
Frankville was designated San Diego County's Veteran of the Year in 1993, and also received the George Washington Medal of
Honor from the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. He continued to teach at Pacific Beach Middle School until his retirement.
Frankville died on April 27, 2006.
This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
United States -- History, Military -- 20th century -- Sources
Frankville, Dom -- Archives
World War, 1914-1918 -- Sources
World War, 1939-1945 -- Sources
World politics -- 20th century -- Sources
Conditions Governing Use:
The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with
the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Conditions Governing Access:
This collection is open for research.
Identification of item, folder title, box number, Frankville U.S. Military Collection, Special Collections and University
Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Scope and Contents
The Frankville US Military Collection documents Dr. Dominick Frankville's career in the military and academia. The majority of the collection contains historical
research pertaining to Frankville’s master's thesis, as well as materials from military classes he taught at DePaul University.
The collection also includes materials from his military assignments. The majority of documents focus on US military history
and Soviet relations after WWII. Highlights of the collection include several small publications about military history
which relate to Frankville’s research. These materials include diaristic accounts of German and Russian officers during WWII,
weapons profiles, field manuals, and detailed writings about battles fought in the Pacific and European theatres. Substantial
parts of the collection concern the Cold War era, especially with regard to US and Russian foreign policy. Items of interest
include materials regarding Soviet intelligence and foreign relations, Vietnamese policy, and international security in the
nuclear age. Arranged chronologically, the collection is comprised of correspondence, pamphlets, reports, military documents,