Skip to main content

Leonard Apostolu papers

Identifier: ahc.MSS904f

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials collected by Leonard Apostolu during his service in the United States Army and after being honorably discharged. Materials include newspaper draft notices, immunization records, United States Civil Service Commission papers, correspondence, certificates, travel orders, an Army Christmas dinner menu, and commendation papers. Other materials include an Apostolu family tree and genealogy, applications for federal employment, and a recommendation letter.


  • 1941-1952, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Leonard Matthew Apostolu (1918-1985) was born in New York City to Daniel Apostolu (1882-1954) and Rose Mary Terrizzi (1891-1991). Apostolu attended Dewitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York, and continued his education at the New York School of Photography from 1937 to 1938, and New York University Night Extension School from 1938 to 1939. While attending school, Apostolu worked for Kingsdale Photographic Studio in 1936; for Allied News Pictures Inc. in 1937; for Adam's Studio from 1937 to 1938; for Universal Camera Corporation from 1938 to 1939; and at Photographic Specialist Co. from 1939 to 1940.

Administrative/Biographical History

In 1941 Apostolu enlisted in the United States Army. He served in the 161st Signal Photographic Company where he worked as a Technical Sergeant through 1943 and then was moved to the 163rd Signal Photographic Company in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, until 1944. From 1944 to 1945 Apostolu worked as the Chief of Photographic Laboratory for the US Army Signal Office Headquarters Fourth Service Command in Atlanta, Georgia. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and received the Army Commendation Ribbon. Apostolu stayed in Atlanta and married Alice McGeorge (1916-1997) in 1942 and they had two daughters, Dawn Apostolu (1946- ) and Lynn Rose Apostolu (1952- ). After being discharged from the Army, Apostolu worked as a photographer for Rich's and Davison's, and as a lithographer for National Graphics Inc., before retiring in 1984.


1 folder(s)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2012

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.
Leonard Apostolu papers
Emma Jones
June 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305