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F. Warren VanWert Papers, 1941-1945

(Manuscript Collection #704)

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Title: F. Warren VanWert Papers
Creator: VanWert, F. Warren
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1941-1945) including correspondence, letters regarding pay allotments, liberty, censorship, marriage, family difficulties, etc.
Extent: 0.055 Cubic feet, 18 items, consisting of correspondence and miscellany.

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Accessions Information

May 22, 1995, 18 items; Personal correspondence (1941-1945) of U.S. Naval Reserve officer. Gift courtesy of Friends of 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

F. Warren VanWert Papers (#704), 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


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Franklin Warren VanWert (b.1921), son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. VanWert of Key West, Florida, served in the Naval Reserve in the Special Service Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet aboard the USS BRECKINRIDGE (1941-1943).

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Correspondence includes letters to his mother and brother concerning ship life and duty, leaves, description of Cuban women, problems with new pay allotments, and an entry regarding the number of siblings in the Armed Forces (December 13, 1943). Of particular interest are descriptions of engine room duty and the desalinization process for boiler and drinking water (October 17, 1941).

This collection also includes letters from Albert VanWert (brother) while in training at USNTS, Great Lakes, Illinois, and Len Dooren (brother-in-law) while serving in the Pacific Fleet aboard the USS PRENTISS. These letters include information regarding pay allotments, liberty, censorship, marriage, and family difficulties and concerns. Reference is made to their mother reentering the work force. A letter from Dolly (sister) includes a description of travel and housing difficulties for military families whose men have been shipped overseas (August 18, 1943).

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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