Guide to the Richard H. Bryant Collection, 1943-1945
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Overview of the Collection
Collection Title: Richard H. Bryant Collection
Bryant, Richard H., 1906-1977
Physical Description: 0.21
Language of Materials:
Abstract: Richard H. Bryant served in the US Army
in the Pacific theater during World War II, and was awarded the Bronze Star. While
serving overseas, he corresponded via V-mail and regular post with his sisters Wava and
Beverly in Florence, South Carolina, his younger brother James, and numerous other
friends and family members both at home and overseas. The letters include news from
South Carolina, especially the local church, gasoline rations, women in the workforce,
media coverage of the war, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth presidential
This collection was purchased with funds generously donated by Gus and Erika
William H. Bryant served in the US Army in the Pacific theater during World War II, and
was awarded the Bronze Star. While serving overseas, he corresponded via V-mail with his
sisters Wava and Beverly in Florence, South Carolina, his younger brother James, and
numerous other friends and family members both at home and overseas. V-mail, short for
Victory Mail, was used extensively during World War II in order to conserve the weight
and size of correspondence exchanged between servicemen serving in the European and
Pacific theaters and their families on the home front. Soldiers wrote on special V-mail
letter sheets, which were then censored, microfilmed, and shipped. After arriving in the
United States V-mail letters were re-printed at 60% of their original size and sent to
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[Identification of item], [date],
Richard H. Bryant
, Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California
State University, Northridge.
Arrangement of Materials:
Series I: Correspondence, 1943-1945
Series II: Personal Papers, 1943-1945
Scope and Contents
The Richard H. Bryant Collection consists of letters written to Major Richard H. Bryant
while he served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The majority of letters are
authored by his sisters Beverly and Wava, schoolteachers living in South Carolina during
the war. He also exchanges letters with his brother James, referred to as
"J.O.B.," friends Millie and Scott, girlfriend Eleanor "Norsey"
Grant, and others both at home and overseas. The collection is divided into three
series: Correspondence (1943-1945) and Personal Files (1943-1945).
Series I, Correspondence, consists of original V-mail, or Victory Mail, and Airmail
correspondence sent to Bryant by family, friends, fellow military members, and his
girlfriend, Eleanor "Norsey" Grant, while he was stationed in the Pacific. The
V-Mail letters include news from South Carolina, concerning subjects such as the local
church, gasoline rations, women in the workforce, media coverage of the war, and
Franklin Delano Roosevelt's fourth presidential campaign. In letters exchanged with
his brother and friends in other branches of the service he heard about conditions in
the European theater, especially in Italy, and Clemson University's 1944 football
season. Bryant and his friends also gossip about friends being promoted, getting
married, and one who was arrested after arranging a botched abortion for his girlfriend.
The v-mail, having been reproduced from microfilm, is around 60% of the original
Series II, Personal Files, consists of items saved by Bryant related to his service in
the military, including medical clearances, financial documents regarding bonds and
claimed property, moving orders for Bryant while in the Pacific, addresses, and
Series I: Correspondence, 1943-1945
Series II: Personal Files, 1943-1945
Box 1, Folder 15
Addresses and Business Cards
Box 1, Folder 16
Financial and Claimed Property Documents,
Box 1, Folder 17
Box 1, Folder 18
Military Moving Orders,
1945 July 1