Richard H. Owen Collection

1941-1942
Manuscript Collection #1327
Creator(s)
Owen, Richard H.
Physical description
0.17 Cubic Feet, 1 archival box, consisting of correspondence and a notepad
Preferred Citation
Richard H. Owen Collection (#1327), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA
Repository
ECU Manuscript Collection
Access
No restrictions

This collection contains correspondence (August 1941-June 1942, undated) between Richard H. Owen and his parents, especially his mother Mrs. M. A. Owen in Miami, Florida, while he was serving aboard the USS Crescent City and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas. Also included is a notepad containing First Aid lessons and addresses.


Biographical/historical information

Richard "Dick" Halloway Owen "Sailor Boy" served in the US Navy during WWII. He served aboard the USS Crescent City as a second class seaman and was stationed in the U.S. as well as other foreign countries. His mother, M. A. Owen, lived in Miami, Florida, during his correspondence.


Scope and arrangement

This collection contains a series of letters between Richard H. Owen and his parents between August, 1941 and June, 1942, as well as some undated material. In addition to the letters, there is a notepad and a photocopied news clipping. The letters and additional material are organized into folders based on the date and their original organization. These letters contain Richard H. Owen's personal thoughts and experiences while stationed at various naval bases in the United States such as Corpus Christi, Texas, Charleston, South Carolina, and San Diego, California. He also was stationed in Panama Canal Zone.

Other letters in the collection were written by Wesley Grigg and G. H. Stowe. Wesley Grigg's letter discusses his experience in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Owen. The letter is dated February 8th, 1942. There is no postmark date for the G. H. Stowe letter. The letter is addressed to M. A. Owen, and discusses his life on a farm.

Along with the letters, a photocopied news clipping consults the rubber shortage, and a notebook has notes pertaining to a First Aid lesson.


Administrative information
Custodial History

March 29, 2018, .17 cubic feet; This collection contains correspondence (August 1941-June 1942, undated) between Richard H. Owen and his parents, especially his mother Mrs. M. A. Owen in Miami, Florida, while he was serving aboard the USS Crescent City and stationed at the U.S. Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas. Also included is a notepad containing First Aid lessons and addresses. Gift of Barbara Orrell-Jones.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Barbara Orrell-Jones

Processing information

Processed by Corinne Taylor, May 2019

Copyright notice

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


Container list
Box 1 Folder a Correspondence Aug. - Oct 1941
Box 1 Folder b Correspondence Nov. - Dec. 1941
Box 1 Folder c Correspondence Jan. , June 1942