Guide to the Frank W. Gardner Letters, 1938-1947
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.
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
- Gardner, Frank W., d. 1944
- Frank W. Gardner Letters 1938-1947
- Language of Material
- 0.2 Linear Feet, 150 Items
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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.
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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.
- Gardner, Frank W., d. 1944.
- Gardner, Jennie.
- Families of military personnel -- United States
- Military spouses -- United States
- Soldiers -- United States -- Correspondence
- Soldiers -- United States -- Family relationships
- United States. Army -- Officers -- Correspondence
- United States. War Dept
- War casualties -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- France -- Lorraine
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Correspondence
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Social aspects -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
[Identification of item], Frank W. Gardner Letters, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
The Frank W. Gardner Letters were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2006.
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.