Loren (Bill) Smith World War II Letter Collection

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Loren (Bill) Smith World War II letter collection
Creator: Smith, Loren (Army mechanic)
Call Number: D.313
Dates: 1941-1957
Physical Description: 6 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

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Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Loren (Bill) Smith World War II letter collection
Creator: Smith, Loren (Army mechanic)
Call Number: D.313
Dates: 1941-1957
Physical Description: 6 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
The Loren (Bill) Smith collection consists of letters written by Smith to his parents, who lived on Pontiac Drive in Rochester, New York, during World War II. The letters begin in March of 1941, and continue through the end of the war. There are a few letters written by Smith between 1953-1957, when he worked as a cook in various restaurants.

Smith served in Company C of the 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment Quartermaster Corps. He began his service in the Army in March 1941 in Syracuse, New York, continuing on to Fort Niagara, New York where he was dispatched to Camp Lee in Petersburg, Virginia. From there he was moved in succession from Camp Shelby, Mississippi, where he joined the Company C 71st Quartermaster Battalion, moving to Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, back to Camp Shelby, then to Fort Dix in Trenton, New Jersey before being shipped overseas in September 1942. While overseas Smith served in Ireland, England, Belgium and France.

Smith's letters home contain descriptions of the weather, his friends in camp, and brief mentions of his duties as a mechanic. In late 1942 letters between Smith and his family describe a whirlwind marriage between Smith and a young woman in Trenton, NJ. From this period until the end of the war Smith vacillates between wanting a divorce and attempting to work out the relationship. He eventually was granted a divorce. He also describes dating different local women in Europe during the war.

Subject(s):
World War (1939-1945)
Correspondence
Smith, Loren (Army mechanic)
Soldiers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The letters were purchased from Rose Hartwig on May 18, 2004.Access
The Loren (Bill) Smith World War II letter collection 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], Loren (Bill) Smith World War II letter collection, D.313, 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:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1-5;
Box 2, Folder 1-5
Correspondence, 1941
Box 3, Folder 1-12Correspondence, 1942
Box 4, Folder 1-12Correspondence, 1943
Box 4, Folder 13-16Correspondence, 1944
Box 5, Folder 1-9Correspondence, 1945
Box 6, Folder 1Correspondence, 1953-1955
Box 6, Folder 2-3Correspondence, 1956-1957
Box 5, Folder 10Correspondence, undated


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