Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

James Trank Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Trank Family
Title: James Trank Collection
Dates: 1895-1950s
Accession No.: MA06-11
Quantity: .25 cubic feet
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Texas/Dallas History & Archives, Dallas Public Library 1515 Young St Dallas, TX 75201

Scope and Contents

The James Trank Collection consists of materials about his family and his occupation. The collection includes vital records such as birth certificates for both he and his wife Myrtle and his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Wade. Report cards for his sons, James Trank Jr. and Ralph Trank, from the Corpus Christi and Houston school systems have been retained. James Trank's various certificates and identifications document his career as a marine machinist.

On February 26, 1945, James Trank's son Ralph was killed in action in the South Pacific. A Western Union telegram and a letter from the Adjutant Generals Office informed the family. Because of the National Service Life Insurance Act of 1940, James and his wife, Myrtle were beneficiaries of their son's life insurance policy. Also retained are papers, correspondence and other materials documenting the Veterans Administration's life insurance policies.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Trank, James
Trank Myrtle
Trank James Jr.
Trank Ralph
Wade Elizabeth
Family Names:
Houston (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
James Trank Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

MA06-11 James Trank Collection. Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division, Dallas Public Library

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan McKinney

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Register


Vital Records

Box Folder
1 2 Birth Certificate. State of Michigan. James Trank. 9/2/1895
3 Birth Certificate. State of Texas. Myrtle Curry (Trank). 9/19/1897
4 Birth Certificate. State of Texas. Elizabeth Wade (Trank). 7/20/1917
5 Marriage License. State of Texas. James Trank Jr. and Elizabeth Wade. 12/16/1944


Report Cards

Box Folder
1 6 James Trank Jr. circa 1930s
7 Ralph Trank circa 1930s


Merchant Marine and Seaman Certificates and Identification

Box Folder
1 8
Box Folder
Houston Shipbuilding Corporation Identification Card for J.L. Trank.
Port of Houston Identification card for James L. Trank. 2/27/43
Correspondence with War Department, New Orleans Branch Office. James L. Trank.
Seaman's Certificate of Identification. James Lemon Trank 11/10/1939
License to Assistant Engineer of Steam Vessels. James L. Trank 9/23/1943
License to Operate or Navigate Motor Boats Carrying Passengers for Hire. James L. Frank Jr. 5/14/1946


World War II Documents

Box Folder
1 9 Ralph Trank. Western Union Telegram and Letter of Condolence. 3/7/1945
10 Ralph Trank. Veterans Life Insurance Papers, Information and Payments to his parents.



Box Folder
1 11 Membership Cards for Myrtle Trank
Box Folder
American Nurses' Association 1965
Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas. 3/31/1975
Veterans Administration.
Alma M. Walker Chapter 1101. 10/23/1975
National Federation of Grandmother Clubs of America. 10/1/1975
Box Folder
1 12 Photographs. 2 Images. Possibly James Trunks parents.