The holdings in the Thomas A. Gaudette Papers consist of materials that Gaudette gathered to document both his work in community
organizing as well as that of other persons and groups.
Thomas ("Tom") A. Gaudette was born in 1923, in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents were Roman Catholic and his father a member
of a railroad union, two critical influences on Tom Gaudette's later development as a community organizer. Gaudette served
with distinction in the United States Army Air Corps in World War II, surviving the famous raid on Ploesti, Romania, and by
war's end earning the Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and a Presidential Citation. After the war, he graduated in 1949 from Boston
College, where he played hockey, again demonstrating a toughness that would be a hallmark of his organizing career.
21 archival document boxes
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