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F.D. Thorne Papers, 1942-1951

Manuscript Collection #713

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

Title: F.D. Thorne Papers
Creator: Thorne, F. D.
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1942-1951) including correspondence, description of scenery parks, hotels, travel by train, bus, etc and miscellaneous.
Extent: 0.11 Cubic feet, 1 item, consisting of a military librarian's diary.

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

Accessions Information

September 13, 1995, 1 volume; Personal diary (1942-1953) of military librarian. Gift courtesy of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Elmore, Greenville, NC.

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.D. Thorne Papers (#713), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Elmore

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

F. D. Thorne served as a librarian in Washington, DC; Belem, Brazil; and Norfolk, VA (where he worked with the Armed Forces Staff College Library). He was an active participant in the Special Libraries Association. He held offices and organized lectures, joint military librarian functions, and local SLA chapter meetings.

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

The diary concerns daily library operations and notes changes in local procedures and overall operating systems; processing section functions; job descriptions; employee relations; and the ever-changing qualification ratings systems between a part military-part civilian staff; and attempts at cooperation among librarians on local, national, and international levels.

Entries of interest include references to cultural events; daily weather conditions and descriptions of seasonal changes; descriptions of scenery, parks, and hotels; travel by train, plane, bus, and ship; food and lodging prices; overall impressions of people; cultural life in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, and Norfolk; and local entertainment, including the latest books, movies, symphonies and plays.

There is a continuing theme throughout the diary of Thorne's attempts to adhere to the principles of the Christian Science religion. Many teachings are interspersed daily as he contends with difficult personal relationships; physical ailments; and continuing bouts with depression, alcohol abuse, and loneliness. Throughout Thorne's writings, homosexuality is addressed as he deals with social intolerance, self-enforced isolation due to fear of discovery, and anxiety over the possible loss of his job and friends. He also mentions homosexual novels and the writings of Marcel Proust.

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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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held in the Special Collections Division, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University. The materials described here are physically available in our reading room. None of the original documents in this collection are digitally available online at this time.
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