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Guide to the Frank W. Gardner Letters, 1938-1947

Abstract

Frank W. Gardner served in the U. S. Army during World War II and was killed in action in Lorraine, France, in 1944.

The collection consists primarily of handwritten letters Frank W. Gardner sent home to his wife, Jennie, between 1941 and 1944, during his military service in World War II. Also present are some letters Jennie Gardner mailed to Frank around the time of his death, which document her life on the home front in Arlington, Mass. The collection also contains some letters from the United States War Department, greeting cards, postcards, and photographs. Materials range in date from 1938 to 1947.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Gardner, Frank W., d. 1944
Title
Frank W. Gardner Letters 1938-1947
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 150 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The collection consists primarily of handwritten letters Frank W. Gardner sent home to his wife, Jennie, between 1941 and 1944, during his military service in World War II. These frequent letters detail Gardner's day-to-day life in the United States Army. His last letter is dated, Nov. 8, 1944. The letters Jennie Gardner mailed to Frank around the time of his death were marked "Deceased" and returned by the postmaster. These are present in the collection and document Jennie's life on the home front in Arlington, Mass. during 1944. There are also some letters Jennie Gardner received from the United States War Department notifying her of her husband's death. In addition, the collection features some unidentified snapshots, as well as negatives of a military portrait of Frank Gardner.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

1938-1941
Box 1
1942
Box 1
1943
Box 1
1944 Jan.-Sept.
Box 1
1944 Oct.-Dec.
Box 1
1945-1947
Box 1
Undated
Box 1
Photographs
Box 1

Historical Note

Frank W. Gardner lived in Massachusetts and married Jennie Snow sometime during the early 1940s. They had a daughter, Susan, in 1942. Frank Gardner served as a captain in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed at Camp Edwards, Fort Bragg, and Camp Wheeler, before being deployed to France. He was killed in action in Lorraine, France in Nov. 1944.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank W. Gardner Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Frank W. Gardner Letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte, June 2007

Encoded by Jill Katte, June 2007

Accession 2006-0084 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.