Betty Bell Papers

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Betty Bell papers
Creator: Bell, Betty (Volunteer)
Call Number: D.285
Dates: 1967-1973
Physical Description: 2.5 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Named Folders, A-C
Named Folders, D-J
Named Folders, K-R
Named Folders, S-Z and Miscellaneous
Collection Overview
Title: Betty Bell papers
Creator: Bell, Betty (Volunteer)
Call Number: D.285
Dates: 1967-1973
Physical Description: 2.5 Cubic feet
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Mrs. Betty Bell was a volunteer for an organization in the Rochester, NY area called "Operation Morale," a non-profit, government registered, volunteer organization founded in 1965 that provided gift packages and greeting cards to servicemen and women on holidays and birthdays. The contents of the packages were obtained through donations, and included items such as cookies, candies, books, paper and pens, socks, and foot powder.

Scope and Content
The Betty Bell Papers are a collection of letters written to Mrs. Betty Bell by U.S. soldiers serving in Vietnam during the years 1967-1973.

In addition to her involvement with Operation Morale's gift package program, Mrs. Bell also corresponded with many of the soldiers on both a personal level and on behalf of the entire Bell Family (including Betty, her husband Robert, and their eight children: Karren, Robin, Mark, Lee, Carl, James, Robert Jr., and Cathy). While the majority of servicemen and women sent simple thank you letters for the packages or cards they received, many soldiers maintained a regular correspondence with Mrs. Bell and the Bell Family. The letters contain various accounts of military duties and day-to-day life for soldiers while stationed in Vietnam. Perhaps more significant is the glimpse the letters provide into the diversity of ideas, opinions, and feelings of U.S. servicemen and women about war in general and the United States' military involvement in Vietnam in particular.

The Betty Bell Papers contain a total of 553 letters, 49 cards, and 2 postcards, written by over 200 soldiers. Some folders contain photographs, newspaper clippings, or other printed ephemera in addition to correspondence. The collection also contains a sample of Vietnam currency (see Box 4, folder 56) and 1 audiocassette (see Box 4, folder 43).

Arrangement
The collection is arranged alphabetically by the last name of each individual soldier. After each name is the number of items contained in that particular folder, followed by their date range.

"n.d."= no date; "ca."= circa; information in brackets [ ] has been added or is assumed but not explicitly indicated on the item in question; any non-correspondence items contained in a folder or any explanatory comments about an item are indicated by parentheses ( ).

Subject(s):
Vietnam War (1961-1975)
Correspondence
Bell, Betty (Volunteer)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mrs. Robert Bell, August 7, 1981.Access
The Betty Bell papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Betty Bell papers, D.285, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
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Content List
Named Folders, A-C
Box 1, Folder 1Aegerter, G., et al. 1 letter, 28 May 1970
Box 1, Folder 2Almeter, Joe. 9 letters, 6 Jun 1971 - 19 Jul 1972
Box 1, Folder 3Ambrose, Walter. 1 letter, 19 Apr 1971
Box 1, Folder 4Arcieri, Louis J. 1 letter, 4 Sep 1969
Box 1, Folder 5Asher, George J. 1 letter, 1 card, 19 May 1972; 14 Jun 1972
Box 1, Folder 6Austin, Steve. 4 letters, 8 Jul 1972 - 27 Nov 1972
Box 1, Folder 7Bailey, Cornelius R. 1 letter, 3 Apr 1970
Box 1, Folder 8Bailey, Tom C. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 9Beaver, Carl. 6 letters, 11 Aug 1969 - 25 Oct 1969, and no date
Box 1, Folder 10Becker, Robert J. 2 letters, 13 Aug 1970 and no date
Box 1, Folder 11Behrman, Dusty J. 9 letters, 2 cards, 3 Apr 1969 - 15 Dec 1969; 18 Dec 1970 and no date
Box 1, Folder 12Bell, Buddy. 6 letters, 15 Nov 1970 - 19 May 1971
Box 1, Folder 13Bell, Charles W. 5 letters, 16 Dec 1971 - 18 Mar 1972
Box 1, Folder 14Bestgen, Joseph A. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 15Blaha, Thomas. 1 letter, 7 Dec 1970
Box 1, Folder 16Borgo, Donald J. 1 letter, 2 Jul 1969
Box 1, Folder 17Bottoni, Ronald G. 11 letters, 5 Mar 1971 - 22 Jan 1972 and no date
Box 1, Folder 18Bowen, Marshall J. 1 letter, 16 May 1971
Box 1, Folder 19Boyce, Jim. 1 letter (photocopy), 20 Oct 1967
Box 1, Folder 20Brandman, Sheldon. 2 letters, 9 Jun 1969 and 29 Jun 1969
Box 1, Folder 21Brunet, Michael R. 1 letter, 19 Dec 1968
Box 1, Folder 22Burd, Richard E. 1 letter, 28 Mar 1970
Box 1, Folder 23Campbell, Timothy. 1 letter, 27 Jun 1971
Box 1, Folder 24Capano, John W. 30 letters (See also Box 4, folder 56, for sample of Vietnam currency.), 16 Feb 1971 - 6 Sep 1971
Box 1, Folder 25Capps, Anthony E. 1 letter, 11 Dec 1969
Box 1, Folder 26Cardone, Joseph. 55 letters, 10 Dec 1968 - 10 Mar 1971 and no date
Box 1, Folder 27Cavanaugh [?], Donald. 1 letter, 9 Dec [no year]
Box 1, Folder 28Cayne [?], Daniel J. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 29Clary, James G. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 30Clayton, Robert H. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 31Collins, H. Cliff. 2 letters, 26 Dec 1969 and 28 Jan 1970
Box 1, Folder 32Corcoran, Diane. 2 cards, 23 May [no year] and no date
Box 1, Folder 33Court, Dean. 2 letters, 2 Mar [no year] and 29 Aug [no year]
Box 1, Folder 34Covert [?], Tom M. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 35Crisp, Paul S. 3 letters, 28 Apr [no year] - 15 May [no year] and no date
Box 1, Folder 36Crookshank, Barbara J. 1 letter, 1 card, 10 Dec 1969; Dec 1969
Box 1, Folder 37Crosbie, Lester L. 5 letters, 2 cards, 16 Aug 1969 - 15 Dec 1969; [circa Dec] 1969 and no date
Box 1, Folder 38Crowder, Lewis H. 1 card, 11 Dec 1969
Box 1, Folder 39Cuellas, Tomas. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 40Cuffo [?], Victor. 1 card, no date
Box 1, Folder 41Curry, Patrick J. 1 letter (2 copies: 1 original, 1 carbon copy), 3 Jul 1969
Named Folders, D-J
Box 2, Folder 1Dale, Junior. 7 letters, 20 May 1970 - 9 Nov 1970
Box 2, Folder 2Dalton, Raymond E. 1 letter, 27 May 1971
Box 2, Folder 3Daniels, Albert H. 1 letter, 22 May 1971
Box 2, Folder 4Davies, John. 1 letter, 1 Jun [no year]
Box 2, Folder 5Davis, Melvin. 1 letter, 31 May 1970
Box 2, Folder 6Davis, William A. 1 letter, 16 Feb [1970]
Box 2, Folder 7DeVos, Ed. 1 letter, 30 Apr 1972
Box 2, Folder 8DiTello [?], Guy. 1 letter, 11 May 1969
Box 2, Folder 9Dixon, James Robert. 14 letters, 12 Mar 1971 - 3 Sep 1971
Box 2, Folder 10Dodd, William H. 1 letter, 10 Dec 1969
Box 2, Folder 11Dow, Bernie. 1 letter, 15 May [no year]
Box 2, Folder 12Drosky, Brian P. 6 letters, 20 Nov 1969 - 27 Feb 1970
Box 2, Folder 13Duffy, Dick. 1 letter
Box 2, Folder 14Egge, Pete. 1 letter (photocopy), 9 May [no year]
Box 2, Folder 15Eisenmenger, A. Chuck. 6 letters, 17 Dec 1970 - 7 Jul 1971
Box 2, Folder 16Fishman, Ronald. 11 letters, 16 May 1972 - 26 Apr 1973
Box 2, Folder 17Fleming, Ronald. 1 letter, 1 card, 24 Jun 1969; no date
Box 2, Folder 18Ford, Terry. 15 letters, 23 Jan 1973 and no date
Box 2, Folder 19Foss, Arthur. 1 letter, 16 Dec 1971
Box 2, Folder 20Galloway, Robert. 1 letter, 25 Aug 1969
Box 2, Folder 21Ganthier, Robb. 1 letter, 15 Dec 1969
Box 2, Folder 22Gibson, Darrel T. 2 letters, 17 Dec 1970 and 19 Jan 1971
Box 2, Folder 23Gonzalez, Jose A. 8 letters, 18 Jun 1971 - 2 Nov 1971 and no date
Box 2, Folder 24Gonzalez, Robert. 1 letter, 20 Jun 1969
Box 2, Folder 25Gray, Paul. 2 letters, Mar 1972 and no date
Box 2, Folder 26Green, Gerald L. 1 letter, 11 Dec 1969
Box 2, Folder 27Hall, James W. 7 letters, 13 Aug 1969 - 28 Mar 1970
Box 2, Folder 28Hall, Jerome. 2 letters, 18 Feb 1970 - 19 May 1970
Box 2, Folder 29Hall, Steve. 1 letter, 27 Dec 1969
Box 2, Folder 30Hamen [?], Philip J. 1 letter, 19 Sep 1969
Box 2, Folder 31Hamperzonian, Jerry. 3 letters, 26 Feb 1972 - 11 Apr 1972
Box 2, Folder 32Hartford, Paul W. 4 letters, 31 Oct 1969 - 28 Feb 1970
Box 2, Folder 33Hedge, James. 4 letters, 14 Oct 1969 - 16 Jan 1970
Box 2, Folder 34Henderson, David. 7 letters, 1 postcard, 24 Dec 1969 - 16 Nov 1970; 25 Aug 1970
Box 2, Folder 35Henderson, Sid. 2 letters, 1 card, 28 Mar [no year] and 13 May [no year]; no date
Box 2, Folder 36Hendrix, Patti A. 1 card, 22 Jul 1971
Box 2, Folder 37Hill, James. 1 letter, 30 Aug 1969
Box 2, Folder 38Hinspeter, W. L. 1 letter, 30 Mar 1971
Box 2, Folder 39Hoffner, Earl P. 1 letter, 24 Aug 1969
Box 2, Folder 40Hogg, Douglas D. 5 letters, 14 Jun 1971 and no date
Box 2, Folder 41Horsman, Dorell. 8 letters, 6 Apr 1969 - 15 Oct 1969
Box 2, Folder 42Horsman, Ernie. 5 letters, 27 Oct 1969 - 10 Dec 1969 and no date
Box 2, Folder 43Houtwed, Willa. 1 letter, 28 Apr 1972
Box 2, Folder 44Humphries, Marilyn R. 4 letters, 6 Sep 1969 - 1 Jul 1970
Box 2, Folder 45Husnian, Al. 1 letter, 27[?] Feb 1972
Box 2, Folder 46Hutchison, Joe. 1 letter, 22 Dec 1969
Box 2, Folder 47Janneck, Larry. 1 letter, 29 Jun 1969
Box 2, Folder 48Jaskar, E. P. "Jay." 6 letters, 1 card, Jan 1972 - 29 Apr 1972 and no date; 29 Feb 1972
Box 2, Folder 49Johnson, Charles O. 1 letter, 26 Aug 1971
Box 2, Folder 50Johnson, Donald G. 10 letters, 29 Mar 1970 - 14 Oct 1970
Box 2, Folder 51Jones, Tom V. 1 letter, 1 Jan 1970
Named Folders, K-R
Box 3, Folder 1Kaepp, Daniel A. 2 letters, 14 May 1971 and 24 May 1971
Box 3, Folder 2Kelly, William F. 1 letter, 4 Aug 1970
Box 3, Folder 3Kennedy, James. 1 letter, 29 Aug [no year]
Box 3, Folder 4Khuhahpo [?], Shaaron. 1 letter
Box 3, Folder 5Kotros, Ken. 1 letter, 4 Mar 1972
Box 3, Folder 6Kroll, Herschel R. 1 letter, 25 Dec 1969
Box 3, Folder 7Kulpa, Richard. 1 letter, 14 Feb 1969
Box 3, Folder 8Kumpula, Duane. 8 letters, 24 Apr 1971 - 8 Aug 1971
Box 3, Folder 9LaDon, Sid L. 1 letter, 4 Apr 1969
Box 3, Folder 10Laferriere, Lucien J. 2 letters, 1 May 1971 and 29 Jun 1971
Box 3, Folder 11Lathery, Donald L. 1 letter, 1 card, 7 Dec 1969; [circa Dec 1969]
Box 3, Folder 12Leisle, Mike. 1 letter, 10 May 1969
Box 3, Folder 13LeJeune, Mike. 1 card
Box 3, Folder 14Leonard, Pete. 1 letter (photocopy), 29 Apr 1968
Box 3, Folder 15Littleton, Sammy L. 2 letters, 15 Nov 1969 and 25 Dec 1969
Box 3, Folder 16Lockner, Larry L. 19 letters, 7 Apr 1969 - 27 Oct 1969 and no date
Box 3, Folder 17London, Roy. 1 letter, 9 Apr [no year]
Box 3, Folder 18Loobey, Merle E. 1 letter, 28 Feb 1971
Box 3, Folder 19Mallette, Laurence. 1 letter, 8 Dec 1969
Box 3, Folder 20Marotta, Phil. 1 card
Box 3, Folder 21Marsh, David. 3 letters, 18 May 1972 - 28 Sep 1972
Box 3, Folder 22Marvin [?], James A. 1 letter (photocopy), 14 May 1968
Box 3, Folder 23McCarthy, Patrick J. 1 letter
Box 3, Folder 24McZeal, [?]. 1 card, 16 Dec 1969
Box 3, Folder 25Merkel, Dave. 4 letters, 31 May 1971 - 13 Sep 1971
Box 3, Folder 26Mermea, Manuel. 2 letters, 21 Feb 1970 and 14 Mar 1970
Box 3, Folder 27Merritt, Susan L. 2 letters, 4 Jul 1969 and 9 Aug 1969
Box 3, Folder 28Michener, Robert F. 1 letter, 20 Feb [no year]
Box 3, Folder 29Mock, Jerold L. 2 letters, 6 Jan 1970 and 18 Feb 1970
Box 3, Folder 30Mowrey [?], Tyler E. 3 letters, 4 Feb 1972 - 7 Mar 1972
Box 3, Folder 31Nacca, Al. 6 letters, 28 Jul 1970 - 27 Oct 1970
Box 3, Folder 32Neuman, Donald G. 2 letters, 2 cards, 19 Jul 1971 and 5 Nov 1971; [circa Dec 1971] and 6 Mar 1972
Box 3, Folder 33O'Brien, James. 2 letters, 28 Dec 1969 and 15 Feb 1970
Box 3, Folder 34Oliver, William T. 6 letters, 24 Apr 1971 - 1 Sep 1971
Box 3, Folder 35Paulus, Arthur. 1 letter, 23 Apr 1969
Payne, Anne. See Corcoran, Diane (Box 1, folder 32).
Box 3, Folder 36Pombier, Edward C. 1 card
Box 3, Folder 37Price, Luther. 2 letters
Box 3, Folder 38Pye, William Terance. 7 letters, 1 card, 2 Dec 1970 - 12 Jun 1971; 2 Dec 1970
Box 3, Folder 39Quinlan, James L. 1 letter, 29 Jun 1971
Box 3, Folder 40Raney [?], Charles K. 1 letter, 3 Apr 1969
Box 3, Folder 41Reddington, Donald A. 1 letter, 4 Mar 1970
Box 3, Folder 42Redlich, John J. 1 letter, 14 May 1972
Box 3, Folder 43Redwine, Harrol. 2 letters, 6 Nov 1970 and 12 Mar 1971
Box 3, Folder 44Revelle, Don. 1 card
Box 3, Folder 45Rich, David F. 3 letters, 27 Feb 1970 - 26 May 1970
Box 3, Folder 46Rivenson, Howard L. 1 letter, 25 May 1971
Box 3, Folder 47Roberts, David L. 2 letters, 26 Jun 1969 and 24 Sep 1969
Box 3, Folder 48Robertson, Jerry. 2 letters, 23 May 1972 and 6 Jun 1972
Box 3, Folder 49Robinson, Dennis. 1 letter, 5 Aug 1969
Box 3, Folder 50Rohlf, Carl H. 2 letters
Box 3, Folder 51Routhier, John. 2 letters, 17 May 1970 and 3 Jun 1970
Box 3, Folder 52Ruddell, James J. 2 letters, 1 Dec 1969 and 10 Dec 1969
Named Folders, S-Z and Miscellaneous
Box 4, Folder 1Salimbene, John M. 1 letter, 14 May 1971
Box 4, Folder 2Sampson, Jack R. 2 letters, 27 Apr 1972 and 14 Jul 1972
Box 4, Folder 3Sansbury, Ronald C. 2 letters, 19 May 1970 and no date
Box 4, Folder 4Sarapa, Stephen R. 5 letters, 1 card, 14 Jan 1972 - 3 Feb 1972 and no date; card [circa Dec 1971]
Box 4, Folder 5Sceusa, Carl R. 9 letters, 1 card, 6 Mar 1971 - 30 Nov 1971; [circa Dec 1971]
Box 4, Folder 6Schaefer, Bernard J. 1 letter, 19 Jun 1971
Box 4, Folder 7Schilling, Carolyn. 1 letter, 28 Aug 1970
Box 4, Folder 8Schlichting, Victor S. 1 letter, 14 Dec 1968
Box 4, Folder 9Schuebel, Gerald. 2 letters, 15 Dec 1968 and 17 Jan 1969
Box 4, Folder 10Shust, Mike. 1 card, 22 Dec 1971
Box 4, Folder 11Sink, Dana T. 4 letters, 4 cards, 20 Apr 1973 and no date; 5 May 1973 and no date
Box 4, Folder 12Smith, George A. 1 letter, 22 May 1971
Box 4, Folder 13Smith, Rick C. 1 letter
Box 4, Folder 14Soliday, Ralph R. 1 letter, 1 card, 10 Feb 1971; no date
Box 4, Folder 15Sperry, John J. 3 letters, 10 Dec 1968 - 9 Jan 1969
Box 4, Folder 16Spoor, Brian D. 2 letters, 20 Jan 1970 and 4 Mar 1970
Box 4, Folder 17Stam, John. 2 letters, 29 Dec 1971 and 2 Mar 1972
Box 4, Folder 18Stamereilers [?], Warren. 1 letter, 4 Apr 1969
Box 4, Folder 19Stock, Art. 1 letter
Box 4, Folder 20Stump, Georgie. 1 letter, 3 May 1971
Box 4, Folder 21Sullivan, Dana. 1 letter, 27 Aug [no year]
Box 4, Folder 22Sweeney, William. 2 letters, 4 Dec [no year] and 20 Dec [no year]
Box 4, Folder 23Swinson, William P. 1 letter, 3 Apr 1969
Box 4, Folder 24Tagupa, William. 5 letters, 27 Feb 1971 - 24 Jun 1971 and no date
Box 4, Folder 25Taylor, Thomas. 1 letter, 1 card
Box 4, Folder 26Thomas, W. L. 1 letter,
Box 4, Folder 27Thompson, Floyd. 1 letter,
Box 4, Folder 28Thompson, William. 4 letters,
Box 4, Folder 29Todd, Stayton G. 1 letter, 20 Mar 1972
Box 4, Folder 30Tolbert, John. 1 card
Box 4, Folder 31Tucci, Steven N. 2 letters, 9 Dec 1969 and 27 Mar 1970
Box 4, Folder 32Van Pelt, Wayne T. 1 letter, 22 Jun 1969
Box 4, Folder 33Van Wyngaarden, Albertus. 1 letter
Box 4, Folder 34Vedrani, Ron. 1 letter, 27 Jun 1969
Box 4, Folder 35Walton, Jerry. 1 letter, 21 Jun 1969
Box 4, Folder 36Wanamaker, James T. 3 letters, 4 Aug 1969 - 27 Oct 1969
Box 4, Folder 37Ward, William. 4 letters, 12 Apr 1971 - 15 Aug 1971
Box 4, Folder 38Warters, Thomas J. 2 letters, 12 Dec 1969 and 17 Jan 1970
Box 4, Folder 39Watkins, John B. 2 letters, 3 Feb 1969 and no date
Box 4, Folder 40Weiss, Robert E. 3 letters, 17 Dec 1970 - 1 Feb 1971
Box 4, Folder 41White, Tommy A. 1 card
Box 4, Folder 42Whyte, William. 2 letters, 23 Jun 1969 and 25 Jun 1969
Box 4, Folder 43Wilson, Herman Leegypsy. 7 letters, 2 cards, 26 Jun 1969 - 11 Jul 1971 and no date; [circa Dec 1969] and 11 Jul 1971
Box 4, Folder 44Wilson, John W. 1 card, 29 Dec 1973
Box 4, Folder 45Winkie, Donald H. 1 letter, 12 Mar 1970
Box 4, Folder 46Winstead, Richard W. 2 letters
Box 4, Folder 47Wolfe, John R. 1 letter, 1 card, 29 Nov 1971; [circa Dec 1971]
Box 4, Folder 48Wolffer, William F. 1 letter, 15 Dec 1968
Box 4, Folder 49Wright, Bruce J. 1 letter, 29 Apr 1967
Box 4, Folder 50Young, Hayden. 1 letter, 13 May 1970
Box 4, Folder 51Young, Mark R. 8 letters, 5 Apr 1969 - 1 Jul 1969
Box 4, Folder 52Zeller, Jim. 1 letter, 1 card, 12 Jan 1971; [circa Dec 1970]
Box 4, Folder 53Zimmer, Wayne R. 1 letter, 29 Jun 1969
Box 4, Folder 54Group correspondence:
1 letter, 3 Apr 1969, signed "The men of Charlie Company [Co. C], 3th Bn, 39th Inf.," 9th Inf. Div.
1 letter, 14 May 1971, from HQ MACVJ232 (CIIED), signed by Gerald F. DeNoble, Gary V. Fitzgerald, Elden L. Foote, Don G. Henry Sr., Jeff Love, Donald T. Massey, Richard M. Mays, and Donald G. Neuman (see also Box 3, folder 32).
1 card, no date, signed "From Patients and Staff on Surgical Intensive Care and Post-operative care, 93rd Evac Hospital, Long Binh, Vietnam."
1 card, no date, signed "from the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)."
Box 4, Folder 55Unidentified correspondence:
Atlas [?]. 1 letter, 1 card, 26 Nov 1970; [circa Dec 1970]
Bob [?]. 1 postcard
Paul [?]. 1 letter
Box 4, Folder 56Vietnam Currency


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