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Francis and Jeanne Lanning Papers, 1942-1945

(Manuscript Collection #699)

Descriptive Summary Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Title: Francis and Jeanne Lanning Papers
Creators: Lanning, Francis
Lanning, Jeanne
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1945) including correspondence, picture, Christmas card, references of shortage of beer and cigrattes.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 73 items , consisting of correspondence, including a picture, and a Christmas card.

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Accessions Information

May 22, 1995, 73 items; Correspondence and miscellany (1942-1945), primarily from U. S. Navy personnel. Gift courtesy of Friends of the ECU Library.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Francis and Jeanne Lanning Papers (#699), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Friends of ECU Library

Processing Information

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Description Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

The collection consists of correspondence to the Lanning family (Francis, Jeanne, and Mike), residents of southern California, from relatives and friends in the service during World War II. Much of the correspondence is from family friend Chief Petty Officer and Carpenter's Mate Willard Garris. Garris trained at Camp Endicott, R.I., and served in the South Pacific with the Seabees on Bougainville Island (1944-45), the Admiralty Islands (1944), and Okinawa (1945).

The letters mainly related to his daily routine and the well being of his home front friends. Specific topics include air raids on Bougainville Island (February 1944) and Iwo Jima (February 1945); the Seabees division of labor into shifts because of heat; the availability of Red Cross canteens; the abundance of beer, candy, and cigarettes (October 1943, December 1944); and a discussion concerning a separate mess hall and club for the Chief Petty Officers (February 1944). Also included are a detailed description of a "Tommy Gun" (December 1942), a reference to the lifting of service mail censorship (September 1945), and the mention of United Services Organization (U.S.O.) shows (February, August, and September 1944). Other letters discussed native dugouts (canoes) of the Admiralty Islands, the inclination of the islanders for smoking pipes, and trade possibilities with the natives (June 1944).

Home front topics include a letter from the War Manpower Commission changing Jeanne's nursing classification with the Riverside Defense Council as well as the military classification system for eligibility of service. Other correspondence (April 1942) gives a detailed description of a display of such products as life rafts and accessories, barrage balloons, and fuel cells made by the U.S. Rubber Company to transport gas overseas. References were made about the shortages of beer and cigarettes in the United States,rolling cigarettes, and victory gardens. Miscellaneous topics include descriptions of Negro houses in the South, southern topography, and timber mills (December 1942). A Christmas card from the USS Sidonia AKA-42 includes a picture of the ship. A photograph (December 1943) shows Jeanne's niece Sally, nephew Gilbert, and relatives Frank and David.

Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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