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Identifier: R-MC 085

Michael Kimack Papers


  • 1939-1958

Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the adult life of Michael Kimack from 1939 to 1958, beginning with a group of transcripts from the University of Newark. The bulk of the collection, spanning 1943 to 1955, consists of records pertaining to Kimack's service in the United States Navy in World War II and in the Naval Reserve thereafter. Also included are photographs from Kimack's naval service and service in the Erie Railroad Claims Office, as well as several publications, including concert programs and United States Navy publications.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 Manuscript Box)

Language of Materials



The papers of Michael Kimack, spanning from 1939 to 1958, primarily encompass Kimack's service in the United States Navy during the Second World War. The collection also touches upon Kimack's time as a student at the University of Newark, and career in the Erie Railroad claims office.

Biographical Sketch of Michael Kimack

Michael Kimack, formerly of Garfield, New Jersey, was born on July 13, 1906 to Mrs. Helen Kimack.

In October of 1933, Michael Kimack began studies at the University of Newark, later Rutgers Newark, pursuing a major in geology. By 1936, Kimack had enrolled in the University of Newark's School of Law, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws in 1939. Upon graduation, Kimack went to work as a claim agent for the Erie Railroad Company, where he processed injury and property damage claims.

On May 5, 1942, Mr. Kimack entered active duty from the US Naval Reserve, and received a commission as a Lieutenant on August 8, 1943. Fluent in Russian, Lt. Kimack served as a communications officer, training Russian sailors aboard the USS Milwaukee for the Lend-Lease program, and serving as an interpreter at the Yalta Conference in 1945. Lt. Kimack left active duty in October of 1945, having received two Bronze Stars. Upon returning to inactive status, Lt. Kimack returned to his position at the Erie Railroad Company. Michael Kimack died in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in 1968.

Arrangement Note

The collection is housed in one half-size legal manuscript box and arranged in seven folders by topic and physical format. Any and all newsprint has been photocopied and removed.

Guide to the Michael Kimack Papers, 1939-1958 R-MC 085
Edited Full Draft
David D'Onofrio
January 2004
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

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