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Edward J. Lavigne Collection

Identifier: MSS 0440

Scope and Content

The items in this collection are divided between an envelope that holds Lavigne’s photo album from circa 1945 and a folder with personal documents and photographs. As the attached identification number next to one of the pictures of the album indicates, this picture is also included in the online photograph collection of the United States Holocaust Memorial and Museum. In the folder, there are two envelopes for negatives from the legendary Pri-Or Photo House in Tel Aviv, a printout of the list of family members, a copy of the obituary of Albert J. Lavigne, Edward’s youngest brother who served at the Submarine Service during World War II and died in 1993. There are documents relating to Edward Lavigne’s postwar career: a graduate certificate in an Academic Instructor Course at the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College from December 17, 1954; US Federal Communications Commission radio telephone operator second class license or General Radiotelephone Certificate, issued in Tampa Florida, on December 29, 1960 (expiring on December 29, 1965); and Defense Supply Agency Certificate of Training issued upon successful completion of QAR explosives safety training on April 12, 1974, in Atlanta, Georgia.


  • 1945 - 2015



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

Edward J. Lavigne was born in 1926 in Bark River, Delta Michigan. He was the eighth child of Alphonsine, née Cloutier, and Delphis LaVigne. Lavigne was an army photographer and served in the US Army during World War II. Later he moved to Florida and lived in Gainesville.


.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



The collection includes personal papers and a photo album that once belonged to Edward J. Lavigne, a US Army photographer during World War II.


This collection is arranged according to material type: the photo album is kept separate from rest of the personal documents and photographs.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Acquisition Information

This collection is a donation of Tim Pagel.

A Guide to the Edward J. Lavigne Collection
Finding aid created by Katalin Franciska Rac
June 2018
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America