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Albert O. Weissberg Papers

Identifier: COU:1679

Scope and Contents

The Albert O. Weissberg Collection was organized along chronological lines, with the correspondence being separated into months. The collection is almost exclusively made up of correspondence, with a few laser-copies of photographs filed at the end of the user-copy section of the collection. It should be noted that all the correspondence has been photocopied onto acid-free paper, and filed into folders marked “user copies”. Researchers must use the copied correspondence for reference, and the originals must not be used without permission.


  • Creation: 1944 - 1945

Biographical Note

Albert O. Weissberg was born in New York City on May 26, 1919 to Leo and Irene Weissberg, a couple from Butte, Montana. Weissberg spent the first few years of his life in New York, returning with his parents to Butte in 1922 after his father was offered a partnership in a men’s clothing store with his two brothers-in-law.

Weissberg married his wife, Muriel, on January 1, 1942, three weeks after the incident at Pearl Harbor, and served as head of the public voucher section of the newly opened Naval Supply Department in Seattle. He joined the US Navy Japanese Language School operating in Boulder, Colorado in December of 1942 and graduated in 1944.

After graduation, Weissberg was sent to New York for advanced Naval Intelligence training, and then on to the Pacific via San Francisco on May 19, 1944. Over the course of the next eighteen months Weissberg served at Pearl Harbor under JICPOA, was assigned to the 10th Army on Okinawa, the 5th Phib. aboard the USS Auburn, CINCPAC on Guam, NavTech in Tokyo, and the US Strategic Bombing Survey in Tokyo and Washington. Weissberg’s duties in the Pacific consisted mainly of translating Japanese weather documents. Muriel Weissberg gave birth to the couple’s first child, Bobby, in June of 1944, but Weissberg was unable to see his son until his return to mainland in December of 1945. He and his wife also had another child, their daughter Judy.

After the war Weissberg went on to complete graduate studies at University of Washington, the University of Iowa and Syracuse University, leaving with a PhD in audio-visual education. Weissberg moved to Redding, California in 1956 to be the television coordinator for the Shasta County Schools. Afterwards he taught English, journalism and drama at Central Valley High School and was an instructor in the Evening Division of Shasta College. He also played an active role in his community as a founding member and president of Temple Beth Israel, a board member and president of the Community Concerts Association and the local chapter of the California Retired Teachers Association. Weissberg was also a member of Shasta County Citizens against Racism, which gave him its civil rights award in 1998. Albert Weissberg died at his home in Redding, California on February 1, 2008 at the age of 88.


2 linear feet (4 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Albert O. Weissberg collection consists of the original World War II correspondence from Lieutenant Albert O. Weissberg to his wife, Muriel. Weissberg graduated from the US Navy Japanese Language School located at the University of Colorado at Boulder from 1942-1946. He was assigned to JIPOA in Pearl Harbor, served in the field during the final stage of the Okinawa campaign, and was stationed in Tokyo during the Occupation of Japan. These letters contain a view of the cultural and social life of a Jewish officer, or a young man separated from his family and first child by the war, and his efforts to be involved in the life of his family from abroad.


This collection is arranged into the following series: CORRESPONDENCE: User Copies CORRESPONDENCE: Originals – DO NOT USE

Processed by Megan H. Lillie, 2001 Edited and Reformatted by Kerry Petrie 2010
April 23, 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States