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Collection Details


Collection Name: William Richardson Collection
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/richards.htm
Dates Spanned: 1919-1947
Description: This collection consists mainly of correspondence circulating between William Richardson and his mother, brother, step-father, friends and other relatives while he was serving in the military in World War II. Also included are photographs, telegrams, postcards, realia from the war, newspaper clippings, articles and pamphlets. Material in the collection is perhaps most important for its firsthand account of significant events and places of World War II. Because the bulk dates of the collection span 1941 to 1943, the material corresponds with the mobilization of American troops towards Europe and the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. Richardson's letters elucidate the feelings, fears, anxieties, loneliness and excitement of an enlisted man and those of his loved ones. In volume alone, this collection of letters attests to the importance Americans attached to correspondence during the war.
Broad Subjects: Military; Wars and Conflicts
ASP Subjects: Letters; North Africa; Sicily, Italy; Soldiers' writings, American; United States; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
Collection Code: OHC0004896